The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu says his outfit is working to resolve accreditation challenges being faced by the Kintampo College of Health and Well-Being and Yamfo College of Health.
“Much effort has been made by the Ministry to solve the issue of accreditation. I had to personally invite the National Accreditation Board, the University of Cape Coast, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, the College of Health and Well Being, Kintampo and College of Health Sciences, Yamfo to discuss accreditation issues. I am very happy to announce that Kintampo's accreditation will be announced very soon since the process has started,” he said.
The Minister gave the assurance while speaking at the 50th anniversary of the Kintampo College of Health and Well-Being over the weekend.
The Principal of the Kintampo College of Health, Dr Kwabena Opoku-Adusei also assured the students that the accreditation with some of the programmes are being tackled at various levels and would be concluded in due time.
“On programmes and affiliation issues the College and the Ministry of Health are working on them. These are processes but not events. We are very close to achieving them but I am afraid that demonstrations and legal battles may derail the processes,” Dr. Opoku-Adusei noted.
Dr Opoku-Adusei complained that infrastructure has been a major headache for the 50-year-old institution and therefore called for the completion of all abandoned GETFUND projects.
About Kintampo College of Health
Kintampo College of Health and Well-Being formerly Kintampo Rural Health Training School was established in 1969 to train middle-level health professionals to provide quality and comprehensive health care.
The College with a humble beginning with 16 students currently has a total population of 4,433.
A total of 2,746 from six departments graduated with diplomas and certificates.
Kintampo College of Health and Well Being and issues of accreditation
In recent times, there has been seething tension among some students of the Kintampo and Yamofo Colleges of Health over what they described as fraudulent means by authorities to extort money and deprive them of their right to education.
This apparent displeasure arose as a result of some former students' inability to access the appropriate certificates months after completing a course in B.Sc. Community Medicine and Health Programme.
Some of the aggrieved students the Kintampo College of Health complained that the Ministry of Health in a publication on its website announced that the Kintampo College of Health offers a course in B.Sc. Physician Assistant, but upon completion of the course, the school presented an Advanced Diploma certificate to them.
However, the Chairman of the Health Committee in Parliament, Dr. Kwabena Twum-Nuamah stated that the Ministry is investigating the running of unaccredited programs at the College.