Community health nurses trained in basic human rights

BY: Zadok Kwame Gyesi
The graduating students with officials of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice.

The final-year nursing trainees of the Tamale Community Health Nurses Training College scored 100 per cent in the basic human rights training course organised by the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).

Out of the 59 students who took part in the training, 16 were males with the remaining 43 being females.

The programme was aimed at equipping the nursing students with the basic understanding of human rights principles and how they relate to their day-to-day professional performance.

The students were awarded with certificates for taking part in the 16-week programme, which was run between June 30 and August 4, this year.

Graduation

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, the Course Coordinator, Mr Alhassan Seidu, said the purpose of the training was to equip health professionals with a better understanding of human rights concept and its relevance in their profession, adding that the course was intended to inculcate in student nurses, a culture of human rights and the need to make them relevant and indispensable to the people.

He further explained that “it was also to enhance their service delivery as health professionals by reducing the occurrence of human rights abuse in the health sector.” He said participants were empowered to promote and to protect the rights and freedoms of their patients particularly women, children, and persons living with HIV and AIDS.

He commended the school for providing the needed assistance to CHRAJ to run the course successfully, adding that although the course caused some discomfort and disruptions to the school’s academic calendar, they were able to review their programmes to accommodate it.

Mr Seidu also commended the 59 students for their performance and sense of discipline during the programme.

Defenders

The Northern Regional Director of CHRAJ, Mr Stephen Azantilow, urged the beneficiary students to use the basic knowledge that they had acquired to defend human rights and be better professionals.

The Principal of the college, Madam Comfort Kona, described the programme as a “short and informative one” that had given the students knowledge to enable them to deliver quality health care.