Ghana’s First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has launched three state-of-the-art nursing simulators, the first of their kind in Africa, at Wisconsin International University College, Ghana (WIUC-GH) on May 24, 2018.
The patient simulators which include a pregnant female, a new-born baby, and an adult male. The full body mannequins/dummies modelled like human bodies, are wireless and computer-controlled.
The First Lady also commissioned a new multi -purpose complex. The five storey multi-purpose complex has offices and two lecture theatres with 120 students sitting capacity each, and a ground floor that houses a banking hall and offices.
Speaking at the event, Mrs. Akufo- Addo who was the guest of honor commended Wisconsin International University College, Ghana (WIUC-GH) for its effort towards providing exceptional nursing and midwifery facilities.
The First Lady added: “I wish to also applaud this institution for including as part of their training of health workers an element of entrepreneurship which is a set up in the right direction .The space and opportunities for health entrepreneurship are vast and limitless, particularly on our continent where health challenges remain a key focus for governments”.
Mrs. Akufo-Addo noted that “a well-trained workforce such as that, which the Wisconsin International University College, Ghana (WIUC-GH) and others like it, sought to produce, was fundamental to the provision of quality healthcare in the country.
She therefore, commended the Chancellor and Management of the University for the giant strides made in providing exceptional nursing and midwifery training facilities, and expressed the hope that some of the graduates would be working in the facilities built by the Rebecca Foundation soon.
On the part of Vice-Chancellor of Wisconsin International University College, Ghana(WIUC-GH) Prof. Obeng Mireku said a simulation specialist from the Concordia University in Michigan, USA were in the country in March this year to train the students and faculty of Wisconsin’s School of Nursing on how to use the simulators.
He called on the government and other agencies involved in policymaking in the healthcare sector and in tertiary education, to support initiatives geared towards improving the quality of teaching and learning.
“They can do this by providing an environment that is conducive for institutions such as ours to thrive, and by resourcing us where possible so that we can create centers of training excellence which attract students from around the world.