The University of Cape Coast (UCC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Health to enable UCC to mentor, monitor and guide all allied health training institutions under the ministry.
They include the nurses training colleges, midwifery training schools and schools of hygiene.
This is in fulfilment of the requirement by the National Accreditation Board and the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) for all educational institutions at the tertiary level to be mentored by established tertiary institutions.
The Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Victor Asare Bampoe, initialled for the ministry while the Deputy Registrar of UCC, Mr Jeff Teye Onyame, signed for the university at a ceremony at Fumesua in the Ejisu Juaben Municipality in the Ashanti Region last Wednesday.
Dr Bampoe also inaugurated a nine-member board for the secretariat of the health training institutions. Most state-owned pre-tertiary health training institutions were recently upgraded to tertiary institutions to award certificates and diplomas.
Mr Onyame told the Daily Graphic after the signing ceremony that the university would actively be involved in how the training institutions undertook their activities such as admissions, the conduct of examinations, staffing, questions, awards of certificates and graduations.
He explained that the tertiary institutions, which include the nursing, midwifery and schools of hygiene, would be under the tutelage of UCC till they became fully fledged and capable of awarding their own certificates.
Addressing the gathering of heads of health training institutions, the deputy minister said the key mandate of the secretariat was to explore and examine ways of not only improving nursing and allied services, especially beyond the confines of the training institutions, but also championing the cause of establishing measures to ensure that the nation benefited from the investment it made in training its nurses.
He said they should also ensure that the capacity and competence of the products of the training institutions to assess individuals and the community’s total health needs, as well as the promotion of healthy lifestyles, were developed.