From William N-lanjerborr Jalulah, Bolgatanga
THE HEALTH Assistants Clinical Training School (HATS) at Zuarungu in The Bolgatanga Municipality of the Upper East Region will soon start a certificate course in midwifery to train more midwives to augment the number of midwives in the region.
The move is part of plans to tackle maternal and child mortality rate in the region. The Principal of the training school, Mr. Francis Ayaaba disclosed this in Bolgatanga during a ceremony to send off the second batch of students who have undergone training in certificate nursing.
According to Mr. Ayaaba, the Health Assistants programme which was previously known as the enrolled nurses training programme was restarted in November 2006 after twenty years of suspension with an intake of 50 students. Now, the school has an intake of 110 students.
This increment according to the Principal would go a long way to help address the problem of unavailability of nursing professionals in the system.
He stated that, the problems confronting the programme is pregnancy among female students which he said is against the code of ethics of the course and warned that the school would not hesitate to dismiss any student who goes contrary to the school’s rules in that direction.
In a message delivered for him, the Upper East Regional Director of Health Service, Dr. Koku Awoonor-Williams, also reiterated the need for students to be disciplined; emphasizing on the health service’s code on students and pregnancy.
He warned that any female student who gets pregnant during the training period would be dismissed. He also reminded them of the mandatory one year service to the region and added that the Health Directorate would not countenance any one who seeks transfer without completing the mandatory one year service.