Sunyani NTC/HATS launches 10th anniversary
He said the profession was a call to serve humankind, hence, a parent must ensure the child had the interest, commitment and passion to help humanity.
Dr Letsa made the appeal in a speech read for him by Dr Emmanuel Tinkorang, out-going Deputy Regional Director for Public Health, at the launch of the 10th Anniversary celebration of the Sunyani Nurses Training College/Health Assistants Training School (NTC/HATS) on Friday.
It was on the theme: Excellence in Nursing Education - The Role of Stakeholders.
Dr Letsa said parents only needed to guide their children in choosing their careers but not to coerce them to choose wrong professions.
He said nursing training must be combined with theory and practice and, therefore, urged clinicians to monitor and supervise nursing trainees during their practical for quality performance on the job.
He explained that nursing was both science and art and, therefore, needed to reflect the excellence in the quality of nursing education since nurses handled lives so any negligence could lead to death or disability.
Dr Letsa asked the students to focus their training on discipline, hard work, commitment and dedication so as to demonstrate positive attitudes towards patients in their effort to achieve excellence.
Mr Suallah Abdallah Quandah, Brong-Ahafo Regional Secretary of National Peace Council, called on nurses to help in redeeming the good image of the profession which had been dented by a few bad nuts.
He urged the students not to be part of the few bad nuts whose actions and inactions had earned the noble profession undeserving negative comments.
Mr David Amalba, Principal of the College, said the institution, established in October 2004 with 37 students, now had a student population of 626, with 20 teaching and 25 non-teaching staff.
He said the celebration would be climaxed in October this year.
The College had, since its establishment, trained 898 nurses and health assistants who were delivering good services in various health facilities across the country.