Government urged to assist health training institutions

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

The Director of Martin Luther Health Training School in Accra, Dr Owusu Achaw Duah, has appealed to the government to provide health training institutions with the necessary assistance to help train more health personnel in the country.

He said the development of the country depended on healthy people, adding that “the government should help to train more health personnel to take care of the human resources”.

Dr Achaw Duah, who is also a former head of the University of Ghana Medical School, said the government could assist such institutions by offering grants while financial institutions could also offer them loans with lower interest rates for their operations.

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He was speaking at the 3rd matriculation ceremony of the school in Accra on Thursday.

Three hundred and twenty students were matriculated to take various courses in Health Assistant Clinical and Laboratory Technicians, each of which take two years, and Healthcare which takes one year.

He said human capital needed to be well developed to create and promote economic growth and help reduce poverty and stressed the need for public-private partnership to promote the attainment of the country’s health goals. 

 Outlining some of the future plans to enhance the smooth operation of the school, Dr Achaw Duah said the institution would soon introduce courses in midwifery and other allied health courses like physiotherapy, ultrasonography, and general nursing programmes.

He added that a special ICT resource centre to promote health education, as well as long distance and tele-health and tele-medicine practices, would also be introduced.

A Chief Nursing-Midwifery Officer of the Ministry of Health, Mr George Kumi Kyeremeh, who administered the matriculation oath to the students, urged them to study hard to uplift the image of the nursing profession, in conformity with their oath.

The Deputy Director of Nursing Services of Kaneshie Polyclinic, Ms Alexandrina Addo, in her address asked the students to focus on their studies and urged the students to be caring, polite, honest and tolerant, which are the basis of their profession.

The Principal of the school, Mrs Hajia Balchisu Iddrisu, advised the students to always remember their matriculation oath and seriously abide by the rules and regulations of the school.  

Story by Salomey Appiah