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General News of Tuesday, 6 February 2018


Health Ministry denies evicting trainee nurses from Korle-Bu hostels

The Ministry of Health has denied claims that it has evicted some students of the Korle-Bu Nursing Training school from the school’s hostel.

In December 2017, about eighteen students of the nursing training school were served an eviction notice. The school’s authorities subsequently provided alternative accommodation, but the aggrieved students rejected it.

The final year students say the supposed eviction has affected their academic work.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Health, Robert Cudjoe, however says there has not been any eviction, and that the Ministry is only making an arrangement for some fifty [50] foreign students from Sierra Leone who are currently studying at the school.

“These are foreign students who need to be on campus, so that supervision, care, control and all that will be effective. My worry is that, these people are going to be there for about two years or so and they leave. These students who are agitating are even final year students and whatever authority will say they will just come against” he said.

Fifty enrolled nurses and midwives from Sierra Leone are currently in Ghana to undergo a two-year registered diploma course in Nursing and Midwifery.

This follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Ghana Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Ministry of Health and international health NGO, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

The training project is part of MSF’s strategy to develop the required level of Human Resources for a proposed 160 bed Paediatric and Obstetric Hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, which was hard hit during the Ebola outbreak.

More than 200 health workers from the district lost their lives during the epidemic.

Ghana was chosen by MSF due to the international standards of nursing and midwifery education, training and practice that are offered.