UE Health Institutions Admit 793 Students

Mr Daniel SymeA total of 793 student trainees have been admitted to the five health training institutions in the Upper East Region, with a call on them by Mr Felix Nyanteh, the Deputy Registrar of the Nurses and Midwifery Council, to emulate the shining example of Florence Nightingale, the founder of the nursing profession.

Of the number, 177 of them were admitted to the Bolgatanga Midwifery Training College; Bolgatanga Nurses Training College-192; Bawku NTC- 101; Zuarungu Health Assistants/NTC-198 and Navrongo Community Health Training School-125.

Addressing the matriculation ceremony at Bolgatanga last Friday, at which he administered the professional oath to the students, Mr. Nyanteh urged them to join the profession for the love of it so as to deliver a sacrificial duty.

He advised them to use the laid-down channels to address their grievances and “not to resort to industrial action which is not permissible in the profession you have opted for”.

Mr. Nyanteh stressed the need for the students to be respectful and obedient, and serious with their studies so as to come out with flying colours.

In a speech read on his behalf Mr. Appiah Denkyira, the Director of Human Resources, Ministry of Health, admitted that health training institutions in the country were confronted with daunting challenges.

According to him, “these challenges militate against the ability of the health institutions to effectively contribute to national strategic development plan”.

“While discussing a re-orientation of the health trainers, we need to consider actively to the enhancement of equipment and facilities required for effective training,”Mr Denkyira emphasised.


He also stressed the need for the students to have access to the state-of-the-art laboratories and specialist assistance, which he noted, could be achieved when there is close partnership between the health training schools.

According to him, it was in this vein that the MOH is actively working on e-learning platform for the schools.

Additionally, the MOH, in collaboration with other stakeholders, is working to stock the school laboratories with the required equipment to enhance teaching and learning, Mr Denkyira said.

He alleged that the tutor’s ration to the training of skilled professionals was not the best and that the MOH has introduced various sponsorship arrangements to entice serving personnel to the classroom.

Refresher courses were also being run for tutors to sharpen their skills and introduce them to new best practices, he intimated.

Mr. Francis Ayaaba, the Principal of Health Assistants Training School /NTC, Zuarungu, in an address to accept the mariculants into their various health institutions, advised them to eschew indiscipline behaviour and attitudes, so as to complete their courses successfully.

Mr Daniel A. Syme, the Deputy Regional Minister, reiterated the need for the students to follow the footsteps of Lady Nightingale to enable them to contribute their quota to the delivery of quality health-care, in the country. From Ibrahim A. Mohammed, Bolgatanga   


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