A midwife at the Kunkwa Health Centre in the Mamprugu Moaduri District of the Northern Region, Sophia Safia Sulemana, has been honoured by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana (N&MC) after she helped a pregnant woman successfully deliver her baby while on board a bus.
The heroic nurse was on board an Accra-Bolgatanga bus when the pregnant women complained of feeling pains.
Upon realising that the woman was due for delivery, Ms. Sulemana used all her experience to ensure that both baby and mother came through safely.
She is reported to have used improvised polythene bags as gloves to receive the baby, 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.
The heroics of the nurse in helping the pregnant woman successfully deliver her baby is said to have happened around 3:00am on Sunday.
A statement from the N&MC commended Ms. Sulemana for her bravery and professional display in saving the pregnant woman and her baby in the bus.
“The news of her professional display got to our attention through social media. Upon further enquiries, we established the veracity of the story and invited her to our head office in Accra to officially commend her,” the statement said.
The N&MC further praised the nurse for exhibiting great dedication and experience in helping “the panic-stricken mum to keep calm, before catching the newborn child in her arms”.
The Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, was also full of praise for the nurse, saying “had it not been her intervention the story might have been different”.
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He went on to present a motorbike, a hospital kit and a citation of honour to Ms. Sulemana for her brave actions.
Ms. Sulemana was part of the new 5,000 nurses, nurse assistants and midwives of the N&MC who were inducted into the health profession on Monday in Accra.
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