Mr Antwi-Boasiako Sekyere, the Eastern Regional Minister, has urged the pioneering students of Afosu Midwifery and Health Assistants Training School, to see the nursing profession as a call to serve humanity.
He, therefore, reminded the matriculating students of the school that dedication and discipline must be their guide, in order to become professional nurses.
The Regional Minister made the call at the inauguration and maiden matriculation ceremony of the Midwifery and Health Assistant Training School at Afosu in the Eastern Region.
He indicated that government was making the necessary efforts to make quality health care accessible to all.
Mr Antwi-Boasiako said, it was in this vein that the government had constructed a 200-bed hostel facility at the Oda Nurses Training School, a rural clinic at Nyankumase, a four-unit nurses quarters at Akyem Ofoase, a maternity and male ward for the Boso Clinic.
The Regional Minister said the government was also building CHIP compounds in many communities across the region, to help reduce maternal mortality.
He acknowledged the contributions of health assistants and midwives, in enhancing health status, especially in the rural areas.
Mr Felix Nyanteh, Registrar of the Nurses and Midwifery Council, advised the students to always work with the limited resources and equipment.
Mr Nyanteh advised them never to lay down their tools as a means of resolving their grievances with their employers .
Madam Mary Naah, Principal of the school, said the institution sought to achieve not only academic excellence, but also moral uprightness.
She urged the matriculants to see the opportunity given them as a unique life experience, and encouraged them to take full advantage of it.
Nana Kwadwo Ateffah, Nkabomhene of the Kokofu Traditional Area, tasked the pioneers of the school to project the image of the institution.
He disclosed that in July 2016, a multi-million-cedi hospital facility with his foreign partners would be constructed.
He said, when completed, it would be the first private cardio and diabetic centre in the region.
Barima Offe Akwasi Okogyeasuo, the Kokofumanhene, called on politicians to be truthful in their activities to help maintain peace in the country.
He urged the matriculating students to show love, affection and respect and professionalism in their work to ensure success.
In all 146 pioneering students were matriculated, consisting of 121 females and 25 males. GNA