Fresh students of Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Nursing School at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi, have been urged to stand out as specialised nurses with the requisite knowledge and skills to contribute towards enhancing quality health care delivery in the country.
The Head of Institutional Affiliation Office (IAO), Mr. Justice Agyenim Boateng, gave the advice when he addressed fresh students at an orientation programme at the School. He noted that they would be expected to exhibit high level of professionalism in their duties to justify the training they had received. “Your superiors will not pardon you if you disappoint them after your two year training as specialist in Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)” he admonished.
Mr. Boateng said that the Ministry of Health granted them study leave to pursue the top-up degree in ENT in order to contribute towards the provision of quality healthcare. He reminded them that the degree they would receive at the end of their training qualified them to work at the level of management in most of the health facilities in Ghana, and therefore, they should be adequately prepared to meet expectations at that level.
On academics, Mr. Boateng told the students that at the end of their studies, they would be awarded a UCC certificate because of ENT Nursing School’s relationship as an affiliate of UCC. “UCC stands for quality, so you are supposed to study well before being awarded UCC certificate,” he cautioned.
The Principal of the ENT Nursing School, Alhaji Abdul Rahaman Shaban, entreated the fresh students to be time conscious, disciplined, study well, attend lectures and practical sessions to enable them graduate with pride as specialists. He expressed gratitude to UCC especially, IAO for providing good mentorship to the School.
Mr. Boateng and Alhaji Shaban later visited some of the lecture rooms where final year students of the School were writing a quiz.
The ENT Nursing School, Kumasi, is a specialised nursing school established by the Ministry of Health in 2002. The School, one of the most esteemed Post Basic Nursing Training Institution is among a few in West Africa that runs a top-up degree programme awarded by UCC.