The Seventh-day Adventist (S.D.A.) Nursing and Midwifery Training College has held a ceremony to formally admit 521 fresh students into its three-year diploma course.
Out of the number, 367 would be doing general nursing and the remaining 157, a course in midwifery.
Mr. Daniel Atta-Tuffour, Principal of the College, said it received 2,411 qualified applications but limited infrastructure and facilities disabled it from offering more admissions.
He told the students that it should not be lost on them why they were in the school and asked that they worked hard to achieve their dreams.
Mr Atta-Tuffour said they should make sure they attend lectures, concentrate on their books and to take their clinical attachment for practical training at hospitals seriously.
He urged them to remain focused, avoid acts of indiscipline, absenteeism and lateness either to class or the hospital.
He reminded them that promotion would be based solely on academic performance and warned of the withdrawal of students who failed to make the mark.
Mr. Atta-Tuffuor appealed to parents to support the school to maintain discipline, adding that, erring students would be sanctioned.
He spoke of numerous challenges facing it and appealed to the government and health ministry to assist it to expand its infrastructure, teaching and learning materials.
Mr. Joseph Yamin, the Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, advised the new students to work with zeal to become adept in their chosen profession to save lives.
Mrs. Gloria Aduse-Opoku, Ashanti Regional Representative of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, urged them to uphold “our common humanity” to remove the perception among many that nurses and midwives “are callous and uncaring”. GNA