Miss Annie Adeodata Appoh, the Principal of the Damango Health Assistant Training School,) has said interference and “protocol” issues were creating serious indiscipline in health training institutions.
“The Principals and staff wish to place on record our protest about numerous protocol issues and threats we are receiving as a result of the discipline we inculcate in our schools. Discipline is a hallmark of our training and where discipline is absent, it reflects in poor performance and the turning out of poor caliber of health professionals”, she said.
Miss Appoh who spoke on behalf of all the principals, raised this concern in Tamale on Thursday during the joint matriculation of Health Training Institutions in the Northern Region where some 1,710 students were admitted in the health institutions to pursue various certificates and diploma courses.
The ceremony, which brought students from different health schools in the region, was under the theme: “Attaining environmental sustainability: the role of the health trainee”.
Miss Appoh said there were also interferences in the administration of the schools thus demoralizing school authorities a situation, she said, had the tendency to turnout poor quality staff who would render poor quality health care services and warned against admission contractors.
She saidt some new schools and programmes had been introduced in the region resulting in increased intake of students stressing that it would help improve the number of health staffs in the coming years and advised the students to study hard.
Mr Bede Ziedeng, Northern Regional Minister, appealed to the students to be disciplined to accomplish their mission of going to the schools adding that “Few days ago, young students in Walewale Senior High School in the name of expressing their grievances ended up creating havoc in the school, which is completely unacceptable”.
He said there was the need for institutions of higher learning to shift emphasis to specialized and professional areas of training students to fill the gaps in the human resource needs of the country.
Mrs Agnes Oppong Baah, a representative of the Nurses and Midwives Council, urged the students to contribute their quota towards improving the sector by adhering to the tenets of the profession. GNA