The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of Ghana has honoured Ms Sophia Safia Sulemana, a midwife at the Kunkwa Health Centre in the Mamprugu Moaduri district in the Northern Region for delivering a pregnant woman of a baby while on board an Accra-Bolgatanga bus.
Ms Sulemana who was part of the 2017 newly inductees into the health profession on Monday in Accra, was said to have delivered the pregnant woman of a baby boy while on board the bus on Sunday, September 23, 2018. Listeners may recall how her life saving efforts court social media attention not too long ago.
Ms Sulemana narrating the incident at the induction ceremony amidst applauses from the gathering said she had to used improvised polythene bags as gloves to receive the baby and got a blade from a passenger to cut the umbilical cord of the baby and pulled out a string from a sack to tie the cord.
From Buipe-Fufulso road where the midwife helped the heavily pregnant woman to deliver her baby safely in the night, the passenger bus sent to the Tamale west hospital for further attention while the passengers continued to Bolgatanga.
Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, who was full of praise for Ms Sulemana said: “had it not been her intervention the story might have been different”
He later presented a motorbike, a hospital kit and a citation of honour, on behalf of the Ghana Health Service and the Nursing and Midwifery Council to Ms Sophia Safia Sulemana for her timely intervention in the situation.
Meanwhile, over 5,000 nurses, nurse assistants and midwives who sat for the Nursing Examination, passed and qualified in 2017 were inducted into the nursing profession.
They form the first batch of the over 22,000 inductees to be inducted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council this November from all over the country.