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Tamale NTC on the Brink

2008-02-07 00:16:00
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Mr. Sayimah Kombian, Principal of the Tamale Nurses Training College (NTC) has reiterated his call on government and Non-governmental Organisations (NGO) which have the desire to invest in health institutions to come to the aid of the college.

He said the college has the potential of turning out the required human resource base for hospitals, clinics and other health institutions in the north but lack of hostel facilities, lecture halls, classrooms, course books, accreditation among others is drawing back its progress.

Mr. Kombian made this observation recently in an interview with ADM in his office. According to the senior nursing officer, the under-resourced nature of the college does not only affect teaching and learning but also makes it lose its popularity in the academic field.

He said, students after leaving the college face greater competition and disrespect at their places of work as some people think that they are not well trained. Mr. Kombian said until the government corrects all these factors the Tamale Nurses Training College will continue to retrogress and affect the production of qualified nurses for health institutions in the north and the country as a whole.

The college is the largest nursing institution in Ghana in terms of numbers but also the very least in terms of resources and facilities. It was established in 1974 and has never received any major rehabilitation on its old and dilapidated structures. With a student population of about 750, 70 per cent of the students live outside the campus of the college. In the midst of these imbalances, one of the major objectives of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which is quality healthcare delivery towards the reduction of mortality rate will not be achieved in the northern part of the country.

Therefore, government and NGOs on whose shoulders this task falls, must take bold steps towards the rescue of the Tamale Nurses Training College by providing the necessary logistics and infrastructure that it needs to develop the human resource for the fight against diseases in society, concluded Mr. Kombian.

source: ADM

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