Health Institutions in Greater Accra on Thursday held a joint matriculation ceremony for 1,400 students admitted for the 2013/2014 academic year.
The 1,400 students, from seven health intuitions in Accra, were led by Mr Felix Nyante, Registrar of the Nurses and Midwives Council, to swear the Matriculation Oath which binds each student to abide by all rules and regulations.
The Oath also binds the students to be of good behaviour while pursuing their studies in order to promote a positive image of their various schools.
Among the courses to be read are Health Assistance, Nursing and Midwifery, Midwifery and Health Assistance, Nursing, Public Health as well as Environmental Health.
Mrs Ellen Clegg, Principal of the Ophthalmic Nursing Training School, Korle-Bu, said the thought of holding a joint matriculation was a novelty that sought to foster interdisciplinary team work.
?Working together is a core mandate of nursing, which is health care,? she said.
Mrs Clegg said students for the joint matriculation included students from Pantang, Teshie and Korle-Bu Training Schools.
Mr Alexander Yaw Arphul, Director of Human Resource for Health Development, Ministry of Health (MOH), said the unique role of the health training institutions was to provide practical skills-based and professional-oriented training to its students.
He said the various health programmes offered the platform for developing the skills required to power the health delivery system for accelerated development.
He, however, said the country faced certain daunting challenges which militated against their ability to effectively contribute to the national strategic development plan.
It is in line with this that the MOH is actively working on the e-learning platform for the health institutions.
Mr Arphul said with the rapid changes in technology and their potential applications, it had become imperative that active collaboration be formed within the various health training institutions.
?It is expected that these collaborations will be translated into realistic achievable objectives in imparting skills-based training to students,? he said.
Mr Arphul said while discussing the re-orientation of the health trainees, an active enhancement of equipment and facilities was required for effective training.
?Students should also have access to state-of the art laboratories and specialist assistance,? he said.
Mr Arphul called for close partnership within the health training schools and stakeholders as well as the MOH to stock the labs with the needed equipment to enhance teaching and learning.