Dutch Government, nursing colleges launch project

A project to increase access to improved healthcare, curb maternal deaths and infant disabilities, especially in the northern part of the country, has been launched in Tamale.

The project, dubbed: “Preparing Graduates for E-health and the Private Sector (NICHE/GHA/269)”  will span 2017-2020 and is being implemented by the Tamale Nursing and Midwifery Training College, in collaboration with the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Development in Higher Education.

 The Tamale Nursing and Midwifery Training College will be the coordinating institution of the project to build the organisational and educational capacity of six nursing and midwifery training colleges to churn out graduates that are competent and sensitive to gender needs.

The six beneficiary colleges are Yendi College of Health Sciences, Kpembe, Gushegu and Damongo Nursing and Midwifery Training colleges in the Northern Region, Zuarungu Nursing and Midwifery Training College in the Upper East Region and Nandom Midwifery in the Upper West Region.

The launch followed the successful implementation of a similar project in six other nursing and midwifery training colleges in the North from 2011 to 2015 where many structures were developed including the development of skills laboratory.

Mr Salifu Saeed, the Northern Regional Minister, who launched the project in Tamale, expressed gratitude to the Dutch Government for the support as it would enhance the capacity of the colleges for effective healthcare delivery.

Dr Jacob Mahama, the Northern Regional Director of Health Services, lauded the project saying it would help address maternal health issues.

Mr Peter van der Ploeg, the Director of the Project, said the project was designed such that it would, among other things, build the capacity of the beneficiary institutions to work to ensure its sustainability.

Mr Cosmas Alhassan, the Principal of Tamale Nursing and Midwifery Training College, called on all stakeholders to support the project to achieve its objectives.

Source: GNA

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