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18.10.2008 Health

Jirapa Community Health Nurses Training School cries for accommodation, staff

By gna

The Jirapa Community Health Nurses Training School has only two classrooms to accommodate the 190 students that were currently undergoing training there.

These classrooms were originally built to accommodate 50 students each and one of the classrooms is now being used as a library and the other as a staff office and a demonstration room.

Due to that, the school had not been able to admit even 10 percent of the total qualified applicants for the 2008/2009 academic year, Madam Elizabeth Dabuoh, Principal of the School told the Upper West Regional Minister, Mr. George Hikah Benson at Jirapa.

Mr. Benson was at Jirapa to inaugurate the Jirapa Community Health Nurses School hostel and school block, built at a cost of 638,027.48 Ghana Cedis by the government.

Madam Dabuoh said because of congestion in the classrooms and the hostel, it is feared that there could be an outbreak of communicable diseases among the students if the provision of classroom and hostel facilities were not addressed.

“Our school has no permanent kitchen facility, no supportive staff due to the ban on recruitment, no computer laboratory and no Internet facility”, she lamented.

She said the female students who were staying in the hostel had been without any staff supervising them during the night due to the lack of residential accommodation for staff.

On the staffing position, Madam Dabuoh said the school has only three tutorial staff including the principal and one preceptor.

Despite these challenges, the school had been performing creditably in the final examinations, with its fourth batch of 60 students who sat for the examination scoring 99 per cent in 2004.

Madam Dabuoh said the 2005 batch of 72 students scored 100 percent with two distinctions and 33 credits.

She commended the government for providing the school with a hostel, classroom accommodation and a 62-seater school bus but said that was not enough to send the students to the hinterlands for practical work and for administrative purposes.

Mr. Benson said the improvement of the health of the people and the provision of facilities for health institutions was a major concern of the government.

He said financial constraints was however an obstacle to the government in its efforts to provide the required logistics to address the challenges facing the health sector.

He advised the students of school to give the teachers their co-operation to enhance quality teaching and learning among them.

Mr. Benson appealed to them to accept posting to the deprived communities where government had provided health facilities to render their services to the people to make them healthy to produce to feed the nation.

He assured the authorities of the school that he would convey their request to the government to help improve the facilities at the school.

The school was established in 2003 and was in the same premises with the Registered General Nurses and the Midwifery School. It moved to its present premises in 2008.