By Cecil Mensah
The Ministry of Health (MOH), has held a joint matriculation for three Post Basic Nursing Training institutions in the Greater Accra Region.
The schools are; Ophthalmic Nursing Training School at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, School of Anaesthesia at Ridge Regional Hospital, School of Peri-Operative and Critical Care Nursing and Public Health Nurses’ School also at Korle-Bu.
In all, two hundred and twenty –eight students were inducted into the various schools and the breakdown are as follows: School of Anaesthesia 24, Public Health Nursing 54, Critical Care and Peri-Operative Nursing 98 and 52 Ophthalmic Nurses.
Speaking at the matriculation ceremony, Mr. Lawrence Odartey Lawson, the Head of Allied Health at the Secretariat of Health Training Institutions, said the absence of adequate care, threatens the workforce of every nation.
He commended the students for realizing their potentials as health workers who are willing to serve the nation.
He said, his outfit was empowered to coordinate the activities of all health training institutions under the Ministry of Health.
The secretariat, said Mr. Odartey, appreciates all the efforts being made by the teaching staff and non-teaching staff in all the institutions.
He noted that, efforts were being made by the secretariat to equip all the teaching institutions for effective teaching and learning.
In a welcome address, the Principal of Ophthalmic Nursing School, Mrs. Ellen Anyeley Clegg, said she appreciates the turnout of the smartly dressed young men and women, who are ready to specialize in a field of nursing.
“I further congratulate you on the bold decision you took to specialize in these fields of nursing being taught in the various institutions,” she added.
The admission of the nurses for specialized courses, was to better health delivery, because it is central to human happiness and well-being of the nation.
Better health delivery, said Mrs. Clegg, also makes an important contribution to economic progress of the nation, as healthy population live longerand are more productive.
According to her, many factors influence the health status of a nation as well as the country’s ability to provide a quality health service for its people is highly essential hence the admission of new students .
“Over the past years, we have trained numerous professionals who are working home and abroad in various health facilities and Assemblies bringing care to the doorsteps of many’ as part of the Ministry’s mandate,” she concluded.