Who is the First Nurse, Midwife in Ghana?

Dr Docia Angelina Naki Kisseih was a trailblazer who defiled all odds in an uncharted territory to become the first Ghanaian Chief Nursing Officer after the end of the British colonial era.

Born on August 13, 1919, in Odumase, Sunyani West district of the Bono Region of Ghana, late Docia attended Krobo Girls Senior High School. She later spent three years at Achimota School where she obtained her Cambridge Higher School Certificate before enrolling Korle Bu Maternity Hospital for her three years Nursing training in 1940.

Docia made history when she became the first Nurse in Ghana to earn a doctorate degree from University of Boston in 1981.

Docia Angelina love for nurses and the need for unity in the profession made her support the creation of Nursing association and she became the founder and first president of the Ghana Registered Nurses Association (GRNA).

She also served on the National Health Planning Committee and the Nurses and Midwives Board.

Dr Kisseih was earlier honored by the state in 1984 and her portrait was put on the 100 cedi note in 1986.

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