Heads of 3 nursing schools suspended

Mr.Alex Segbefia,Minister of Health'.Heads of three nursing training colleges have been suspended by the Ministry of Health (MOH) for charging unapproved fees for the 2016 and 2017 academic year.

The colleges are Mampong Nursing and Midwifery College, Cape Coast Nursing and Midwifery Training College and School of Dispensary Optics at Oyoko.

The Minister of Health, Mr. Alexander Segbefia, who  announced these at a press conference in Accra yesterday, said assistant heads are expected to see to the running of these colleges, while the ministry investigates further into the issue it describes as a scandal.

The minister also directed that all nursing colleges that have extorted unapproved fees from students refund their monies to them with immediate effect.

“For the avoidance of doubt, approved fees for the 2016 and 2017 academic year is GH¢1,400 without additional levies and  extra items such as cement, electronic system fees and stationary among others charged students,” he said.

Mr. Segbefia, stated that only health training schools that have opted for cafeteria services can charge additional fees of GH¢600   for feeding as agreed by the Conference Of Heads of Health Training Institutions (COHHETI).

Commenting on the state of the Mampong Nursing and Midwifery College, the minister stated that the collage was a fully fledged institution under the MOH, adding that the present board of the college was dissolved as it had served its four-year mandate.

“A new board will be reconstituted in due course and henceforth, authorities of the schools should abide by all laid-down rules and regulations of the ministry,” Mr Segbefia said.

Mr. Segbefia said the charging of unapproved fees was defeating the purpose of getting people genuinely interested in providing health care to institutions as against those who can afford it.

He stated that all other nursing training institutions were being monitored and actions may be taken regarding other schools, as the ministry would not tolerate any institution under its mandate disregarding laid-down policies and procedures.

Mr. Segbefia directed that additional items such as feeding fees, books, accommodation, sports kits and other items for students should be considered as optional and must not be made compulsory for students.

He suggested that the colleges sought approval from the secretariat of health training institutions  of the ministry before charging additional fees when needed.

By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey                                       

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