From Nana Penyah Appiah, Dunkwa-on-Offin .
The Chief Executive officer of the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, Mr David Asare has called on nurses to accept postings to wherever their services will be most needed. He reminded them that their training calls for serving all manner of people, wherever they may be.
Dr Asare, who represented the Deputy Minister of Health, Tina Mensah, at the second Graduation and 8th matriculation of Dunkwa-on-Offin Nursing and Midwifery Training college last week Thursday, encouraged health professionals to bring to bear the knowledge they have acquired throughout the period of training on clients under their care, regardless of colour, race and political affiliation.
He said government will continue to equip the various health training institutions in the country to the best of its ability, in terms of human resources, infrastructure and technical support to help meet their objectives.
According to him, the government, through the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Finance has since September 2017, reinstated the Nursing training allowance in order to address the financial difficulties that trainee Nurses go through during their period of training. The principal of the college, Mr. David Benjamin Sampson, stressed the urgent need to relocate the Junior High school pupils from the College’s campus to meet accreditation requirements and appealed to the Municipal Chief Executive to consider their request and expedite action on it. The Principal mentioned the presence of some squatters who are obstructing the college’s fencing project and the siting of a drinking bar directly opposite the main entrance of the college, as few of the challenges facing the College.
Mr. Kofi Nkansah, CEO of Cofkans Group of companies, who donated 300 bags of cement for the early completion of the fencing of the college, advised the students to eschew laziness and take their studies seriously.
He also advised them to always abide by the rules and regulations of the College in order not to waste the opportunity given them to justify the huge investment in them by their parents.
In a related development, Francis Owusu-Ansah reports from Tanoso that the Acting Medical Superintendent at the Brong-Ahafo Regional Hospital in Sunyani, Dr Emmanuel Kofi Amponsah, has urged nursing students to study well to pass their final examination without referrals.
He advised them to eschew unhealthy lifestyles and acts of immorality that could truncate their vision and ruin their lives.
Speaking at the 14th matriculation ceremony of the Tanoso Community Health Nursing Training College in the Tano North District College at Tanoso, Dr Amponsah entreated the fresh students to adhere to the Matriculation Oath, respect authorities and avoid truancy and absenteeism.
A total of 293 students who satisfied all the academic requirements and have also been indexed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council were taken through the Matriculation Oath.
The college currently has 610 students pursuing various diploma and certificate courses in health.
The Principal of the Tanoso Community Health Nursing Training College, Madam Elizabeth Wiafe, said the college is facing infrastructural challenges and requires urgent assistance from the Government and corporate institutions to help solve them.
According to her, the college lacks administration block, assembly hall, lecture halls and hostel facilities on campus to facilitate effective academic work.
Madam Wiafe said, through its Internally Generated Fund (IGF) the College is constructing lectures room, which is 60 per cent complete, but the project has stalled due to lack of funds.
She added that: “Lack of decent administration block and offices for both academic and non-academic staff, as well as inadequate lecture halls and modern ICT laboratory remain a major setback for academic work”.
The Principal said currently, spaces occupied by both management and staff are not only temporary but very small in size, hence the need for a permanent block.
She stressed that: “Another key challenge is lack of a fence wall, which when constructed would dissuade students from leaving campus without authorisation and improve significantly on security”.
The Principal expressed discomfort about the unavailability of student hostels on campus, saying because students live in rented private hostels it is difficult to monitor them outside normal lecture hours.