The Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Professor Kwasi Obiri Danso has charged nurses to brace themselves to tackle Ghana’s challenges of poor access to healthcare and the outbreaks of diseases like the H1N1 and Meningitis.
He gave the charge at the graduation of some Ten thousand one hundred and seventeen (10117) diploma nurses being churned out by health training colleges mentored by KNUST.
The schools, all mentored by the KNUST College of Health Sciences cut across General Nursing Training Colleges, Community Health Training Colleges, Midwifery Training Colleges, Prosthetic and Orthotics Nursing Training Colleges, Health Assistant Training Schools and Schools of Hygiene Training Colleges.
Addressing the graduates, Professor Kwasi Obiri Danso stressed the increasing role of nurses within a challenging and ever evolving medical field that still faces inadequacies in equitable access to comprehensive health care.
“Not too long ago, our nation was grappling with H1N1, Meningitis etc and tomorrow nobody knows what it may be. You also know that there are a lot of us Ghanaians who live in rural areas and therefore primary and community healthcare services are the typical points of access for most people and the locations where you are is where care is often delivered. A lot is required of you and I hope Ghana can count on you in these challenging times,” Professor Obiri Danso stated.
A representative from the secretariat of health training institutions in Ghana Cynthia Jojomeh assured that government was ready to support the KNUST and all its mentee colleges to train the best of health professionals to beef up Ghana’s health system.
She charged the nurses to “make the profession an enviable one” and “endeavour to make impact in the care for clients.”
Some of the graduates who spoke to Ultimate News’ Ivan Heathcote – Fumador shared how they intend to implement what they had studied to their profession as nurses.
Martin Amoako Kye who is already practicing admitted, “After my training I have realized that there is more to human life than we earlier thought. And I believe after this course I am better placed to help society in taking care of the sick and helping in the wellbeing of individuals and the nation as a whole.”
Another graduate, Debora Elizabeth Dumelo also shared that, “The experience has been so good and this training has developed me into a good nurse to give off my best to society and to every patient I come across.”
These graduates are expected to beef up Ghana’s health system and further bridge the nurse to patient ratios in the country.
By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Ivan Heathcote-Fumador