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Government to Clamp Down on Student Indiscipline


2007-06-29 13:40:31
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Bonface Gambila
THE UPPER East Regional Minister, Boniface Gambila has warned that government would not tolerate any indisciplined acts of students that threaten the lives of authorities and destroy public property.

The Minister noted that government had invested a lot of resources in putting in place the physical and human infrastructure to create the enabling environment needed to enhance development of the country’s human resource base.

“Government will therefore not fold its arms and allow students to destroy public property and threaten the lives of school authorities as a way of getting their grievances addressed”, he cautioned, noting, “Indiscipline has caused nations irreparable damage.”

This was contained in a speech read on his behalf at the launching of Ghana Nurses and Midwifery Trainees’ Association’s (GNMT) week celebration in Bolgatanga.

Mr. Gambila entreated students in the country to espouse discipline as their guiding principles in their pursuit of professional and academic laurels.

Touching on the theme for the celebration, “Nation Building through Quality Health, the Role of a Professional Nurse/Midwife”, the Minister stressed the need to draw public attention to the contribution of Nurses and Midwives in the nation’s development.

He noted that the Midwives and Nurses Trainees were vital human resources that the nation yearned for in the pursuance of its socio-economic development agenda, indicating that the government had directed a lot of resources and energy towards the development of the health sector to ensure that the quality of the life of its citizenry was maintained.

To attain and sustain a quality workforce in the country, Mr. Gambila reiterated that government had vigorously championed the crusade to ensure that quality health care delivery got to every Ghanaian irrespective of geographical location or financial status.

He explained that to achieve this, the ‘obnoxious’ “cash-and-carry system” was abolished and replaced by the Health Insurance Scheme. He said government also introduced the Community Based Health Planning and Services Programme (CHPS) where the Health Provider or the Nurse was enjoined to stay in the communities at all times to provide health care to the people, among other health interventions.

He identified the exodus of health professionals as yet another canker with a great potential to derail the progress of the country and advised that while they crave for wealth, they should also be mindful of their civic responsibilities and sacrifice a little for the progress of this country.

On his part, the Deputy Municipal Coordinator, Mr. Jibriel Adam Ustarz, who deputized for the Bolgatanga Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Isaac Nsoh Amoah, urged the trainees to join the campaign against outmoded cultural practices, which were detrimental to the health of the people.

He said the Assembly appreciated the numerous contributions of Nurses and Midwives as well as other Health Professionals and was ever prepared to assist the health sector in all its endeavours.

He, however, appealed to Health Professionals to avoid strike actions and use available channels to resolve industrial disputes and put Ghana above all other considerations since the health of the people was very paramount.

Underscoring the importance of health education, the SRC/GNMTA President, Mr. James Ayamga Avuure indicated that people should get information about implications of their lifestyles which would lead to the formation of right attitudes to health and occupational discipline.

“In this case, we would have an organized and disciplined society with the potential of achieving middle-income status by the year 2015 that we hope to achieve as nation”, he added.

Mr. Avuure called on the government to take practical steps to provide the Bolgatanga Nursing Training College with academic user facilities such as lecture halls, equipped library and accommodation to enhance teaching and learning, disclosing that the current structures were initially built for laboratories.

He also appealed to government, non- governmental organizations and individuals to assist in the provision of learning materials in the form of textbooks, computers and Internet service to enhance research and augment the staff shortage.

source: Chronicle

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