About 288 students have been admitted to pursue certificate programmes in nursing at the Martin Luther Health Training School at Odorkor, in the Greater Accra Region.
This brings the total number of students pursuing courses such as Health Assistant Clinical, Health Care and Medical Labouratory Technician Programmes, to over 500.
Addressing the 8th Matriculation last Thursday on the theme, “Higher Nursing Education, A tool for Quality Health care,” the Chief Nursing Officer of Greater Accra, Mrs. Helen Mary Baison called for the institution of some interventions to ensure further provision of quality health care in the country.
She emphasized that higher nursing education, strengthening of nursing education and practice with well defined roles and responsibilities, strengthening facilitative supervision and health system challenges that hinder effective quality care should be addressed.
“Student nurses need to be followed up and mentored: Nursing Education and practice need to be strengthened at all levels to ensure that knowledge acquired by nurses during training are translated into good nursing practices in the professional environment”.
“Clearly, higher education is the way to go since disease conditions and management trends keep changing,” she said, and made a passionate appeal to the National Accreditation Board, Universities or Mentoring Institutions and the Nursing and Midwifery Council to assist schools like Martin Luther which want to pursue higher education programmes without compromising on standards.
Dr. Owusu Achaw Duah, the Director of the school said that plans were advanced for the school to introduce tertiary programmes and as such it was aggressively pursuing affiliation with accredited local universities to make its dream come true.
The tertiary courses yet to be introduced should the school get accreditation from the National Accreditation Board will include Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science, Medical and other health related programmes.
“We hope to diversify into other programmes such as Medical Imaging ie Radiography and Ultra Sonography, Health Information Technology and PublicHealth,” he stated.
According to the Director, the Martin Luther Health Training School has sought collaboration with the Weber State University, Utah, USA, Brookdale Community College, New Jersey, USA, with which a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding has been signed and also a partnership arrangement with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Department of Pathology Hamilton, N.J. USA in the field of Medical Labouratory Science.
Hajia Balchisu Iddrisu, Principal, said that the school had been given authorisation by NAB to run a diploma programme but they were waiting to be affiliated to the Valley View University, a private tertiary institution at Dodowa in the Greater Accra Region and the University for Development Studies, a public institution at Tamale, in the Northern Region.
By Castro Zangina-Tong