The Most Reverend Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi, the Catholic Bishop of Sunyani Diocese has advised nurses and midwives to be professional and compassionate to give healing and hope to patients.
Most Rev. Gyamfi gave the advice at the 22nd matriculation ceremony of the Holy Family Nursing and Midwifery Training College at Berekum in the Bono Region, saying that “you must follow the example of Jesus Christ who received the sick with love, care and healed them”.
He admonished student-nurses to bear in mind that the nursing and midwifery professions were divine calls that entailed sacrifices, and not jobs to make practitioners to prosper overnight.
Hence, without love, compassion and passion, it would be difficult for a practitioner to derive job satisfaction to be able to provide dedicated services, Most Rev. Gyamfi pointed out.
He entreated them to take advantage of technology to upgrade themselves and build their professional capacities to perform efficiently and make Ghana’s health service one of the best in the world.
“In offering treatment to the sick, a nurse or any other health practitioner must endeavour to avoid petty mistakes that could lead to loss of lives and that could only be achieved with a deeper sense professional and practical knowledge of the profession, he emphasised.
Madam Monica Nkrumah, the Principal of the College entreated the students to demonstrate good character that would project the image of the College but not to bring it to disrepute.
She advised them to be focused towards the realisation of their dreams by striking the right balance between academic and extra curricula activities, emphasizing “you should carefully apportion the amount of time you spend on your books, on social engagements and on social media”.
Mad. Nkrumah said 678 applications were received for the College’s two campuses, Holy Family-Berekum and St. Mary’s at Drobo in the Jaman South Municipality for the 2019/2020 academic year.
The Principal added that only 350 applicants were admitted to bring the total student population of the College to 901 for both campuses.
She said the College was able to provide a standby generator for both campuses and also upgraded its Information, Communication-Technology Department, with the installation of intercom in all offices to facilitate internal communication.
She regretted that despite their excellent academic record, it was still saddled with inadequate accommodation for staff and students, transport and a befitting Assembly hall and appealed to corporate Ghana, benevolent individuals and organisations to support the College to train more nurses for efficient health service delivery in the country.