According to the institutional authorities, due to inadequate infrastructure, human resources, training logistics and training sites, only 16 per cent of the 9,512 applicants gained admission into the five schools.
The schools were the Nursing Training College(NTC) at Sampa, Seikwa NTC, Techiman Krobo NTC and Community Health Nursing Training School, Tanoso and the Nursing and Midwifery Training College (NMTC) in Sunyani.
At a joint matriculation ceremony in Sunyani, Mr David Amalba, the Principal of the Sunyani NMTC, said the schools were aware of the pressure on the clinical areas.
He appealed to clinicians in the various hospitals to intensify their collaboration and support in the training of the students’ nurses in churning out quality nurses for the service delivery at the facilities.
Mr Eric Opoku, the Regional Minister, noted that modern nursing is a profession with essential ingredients of care, devotion and service to duty.
The profession, he said required huge responsibility from practitioners in order to provide the needed services to the sick and patients who seek medical care from various health delivery facilities.
In this regard, Mr Opoku expressed optimism that a professional nurse must not only be well trained but must be the one that is centred and be prepared to devote his or her time to the care of the sick and the vulnerable.
According to the Regional Minister, government has always considered the health sector a very important area for the country’s development and had therefore places a high premium on health service delivery.
This, Mr Opoku explained was the reason behind the increment in the construction of health centres, Community-based Health and Planning Services compounds, provision of ambulances to health institutions, construction of new maternity blocks and Out-Patient Department.
By Dennis Peprah, GNA