The staff and students of the Nursing and Midwifery Training College at Kete-Krachi in the Oti Region are appealing to the government and well-wishers to come to their aid with adequate infrastructure that will enable them get accreditation.
They said, although the college was a government institution established in 2012, they were yet to get accreditation from the National Accreditation Board (NAB) due to lack of necessary physical infrastructure and human resource.
The Nursing and Midwifery Training College was established by the government with the objective of training health personnel for the then northern part of the Volta Region (now Oti Region.)
From their first intake of 40 students for Post Basic Nurse Assistant programme, the school has so far turned out 772 students in three different programmes namely Registered Midwifery, Post Basic Nurse Assistant and Registered Nurse Assistant Clinical that it currently runs.
However, the college is currently running two different compuses. One at the Kete-Krachi township in the premises of Krachi Community Centre, Krachi Community Library and Krachi Community Technical and Vocational Training Institute and the other at a community called Gyengyen.
Due to inadequate infrastructure and physical development at the school most of their academic group works are held under trees in the nearby forest.
There is a Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) project for the construction of hostel and lecture hall but this had been standstill for more than two years now due to lack of funding.
Similarly, there are no tutors at the college campus because, there is no accommodation for them.
The principal of the college, Ms Elizabeth Mensah, said because of their infrastructure challenges, the school was finding it difficult to get an accreditation from the National Accreditation Board.
She said due to lack of accommodation at the college, it was not able to attract and keep well qualified tutors for some critical subjects.
Ms Mensah said student in-take had also reduced from 174 in 2018 to 145 in 2019 as a result of lack of classroom accommodation.
At their matriculation, Mr Jerome Gyemah, the board chairman for the college, advised nurses to live up to the core ethics of their profession which required them to give smile to the sick and even the dying.
The Krachi West District Chief Executive, Mr Douglas Osei-Nti said the district assembly had budgeted to construct a bungalow for the college principal next year.
FROM TIMES REPORTER, KETE-KRACHI