There are measures to employ 11,000 health trainees who graduated between 2012 and 2016, and 181 doctors who also completed their housemanship seven months ago.
Government has also allocated GH¢ 252 million Ghana cedis for the restoration of nurses and teacher trainees’ allowances.
These measures are aimed at improving the health delivery system in Ghana, Mr Sulemana Alhassan, Upper West Regional Minister has announced at the 10th anniversary celebration and matriculation of the Wa Nursing Training College in Wa.
He urged health trainees to work harder and come out successfully, assuring them of their engagement in the public and private sectors to provide quality health care services to the people.
Mr Alhassan said government was working hard to provide the needed infrastructure and logistics for the Wa Nursing Training College to enable it to increase students’ intake and also facilitate teaching and learning.
He said the nursing profession was an important component of human life and it needed adequate support from stakeholders to ensure that products from health training institutions were well educated and equipped with the necessary skills and practices to provide quality health services to the people.
The Regional Minister advised the students to improve academic performance through effective use of learning hours, improve quality engagement with lecturers and create congenial learning environment.
On students and lecturers relations, Mr Alhassan said cordial relationship was an influential factor that helped to improve academic and clinical performance of students and should not be taken for granted.
Mr Alhassan appealed to community members to initiate programmes and support actions of the college to help in its growth and expansion.
He urged the Wa Municipal Assembly to also incorporate the development plan of the college into its medium term and long term plans for the provision of infrastructure and other amenities.
Dr Winfred Ofosu, Upper West Regional Director of Health Services, urged students of the college not to limit themselves to acquiring academic laurels’ but endeavour to improve attitude towards clients in the performance of their duties.
“Let us see commitment and carefulness in your work towards the sick and also show professionalism to encourage people to develop interest and willingly patronise health facilities when they are sick”, he advised.