Inauguration of a 500-bed hostel for the SDA nursing college

Deputy Health Minister Mrs. Tina Gifty Naa Ayele Mensah has commissioned a 500-bed hostel for the Adventist Nursing and Midwifery Training College at its Barekese campus in the northern Atwima Nwabiagya district in the Ashanti region.

The amount of the contract was GH¢6,092,480.04 fully funded by the college from its internally generated funds with support from the SDA church.

The facility aims to help the college absorb more students and thereby reduce unemployment in the country and displace more of its students from the main Kwadaso campus.

The long-term plan, however, is to make the Kwadaso campus a training center for specialist nurses in the fields of intensive care, perioperative, emergency, public health and geriatric nursing, among others.

The college, established in 2005, was given the Barekese land by the area’s late chief, Nana Kwame Awuah, and development began in 2013.

The construction of the hostel started in November 2020 and was completed in November 2021.

Inauguration

Ms. Mensah said the ministry was working diligently to ensure that a quality human resource base was available to achieve the vision of a healthy population for national development.

“Nurses and midwives play a critical role in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 3 through universal health coverage,” she said.

Speaking on the theme: “Building excellence in nursing and midwifery education to achieve universal health coverage: the role of stakeholders in infrastructure development”, Ms Mensah said the government was working without slack to ensure quality training, equitable distribution of competent health personnel and improvement. in health facilities.

appeal

The principal of the college, Mr. Daniel Attah-Tuffour, appealed to the government to help him develop the remaining 50% of undeveloped land to provide more infrastructure for students.

“The college needs more lecture halls and hostels for male students. The college would be grateful if the unfinished three-story hostel for male students was completed for the college,” he said.

Mr. Attah-Tuffour on behalf of all health training establishments called for them to be integrated into the GETfund in order to benefit from the projects.

He assured the government that the institute will train more nurses to fill vacancies in its Agenda 111 health facilities.

Church-State Partnership

The Executive Director of the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), Dr Peter Yeboah, said the ceremony confirmed the timeless partnership between Church and State in the delivery of health care.

He said CHAG was improving access to quality health services for all people living in Ghana and producing essential health human resources for the Ghanaian health sector.

Dr Yeboah called on stakeholders, including churches and communities, to re-examine their responsibilities in building the health infrastructure needed to train human resources for health development in the interest of national health security.

Linda G. Ibarra