Sunyani NMTC makes strides towards University status

A GNA
feature by Dennis Peprah 

Sunyani, Oct. 31, GNA – From Certificate to
Diploma in nursing and health related courses, the Sunyani Nurses and Midwifery
Training College (NMTC) is making great strides to create new opportunities for
students to move higher in various fields of study. 

As its campus continues to grow in size, with
a correspondent increase in student population, the College, situated adjacent
the Regional Hospital in Sunyani, on a total land area of 42.3 acres is taking
giant steps and strategic approach to advance progress towards a University
status by 2025. 

Vision 

The vision of the College is to attain and
maintain academic excellence in the training of nurses and midwives in the
country 

Mission
 

Its’ mission is to train polyvalent nurses who
will cure, promote, restore health and alleviate suffering in individuals,
families and communities within the health delivery system in a humane,
efficient and effective manner through academic discipline, staff motivation
and the use of modern teaching and learning equipment. 

Background 

Plans for the establishment of the college
began in 1972 by the Ministry of Health with the aim of training nurses to
serve the health needs of the people of the Brong-Ahafo Region and its
environs. 

The project was however abandoned due the
political instability that prevailed at the time.  The college which was
supposed to train State Registered Nurses could not start operations and the
hostel buildings were converted to nurses’ quarters for the regional hospital
and the tutors’ flat given to staff of the regional health directorate. 

As the population of the Brong-Ahafo
increased, coupled with the increasing health needs, there was the need to upgrade
the then regional hospital to a state of the art hospital in 2003 which saw a
soaring clientele turnout. 

This necessitated the re-construction of a
hostel block, administration and staff flat accommodation that commenced and
later abandoned. 

The Administrative block of the College was
later given to International Hospital Group, a United Kingdom Building
construction firm which built the regional hospital to use as offices for their
operation. 

However, on October 1, 2004, the College was
established with 40 students made up of 21 males and 19 females with only two
tutors. A ward at the Sunyani Regional Hospital was converted into a lecture
hall. 

Infrastructure
 

Since then, authorities have spent millions of
Ghana Cedis on an ultra-modern campus infrastructure to push forward and
facilitate serious academic work and improved practical skills. 

Currently, the college can boast of a
well-refurbished library, state-of- the-art computer laboratory, two standard
simulation rooms for midwifery and general nursing programmes, a kitchen and
dining hall complex.    

It also has an administration and lecture hall
complex, a sports field and well trained 24 hour security posts with CCTV
installations, four halls of residence for the female students and two apartments
for staff. 

Plans are underway for the construction of
males’ hostel at the College campus and currently it can also boost of three
mechanised boreholes and a horse power generator to augment water and
electricity supply.  

Population
 

The College has also seen remarkable
improvements in staff numbers, from staffing strength of just six in 2004 to 30
in 2014 and it is now 82 whilst student population which stood at only 40 (21
males and 19 females) in 2004, has so far jumped to 1,150, comprising 300 males
and 850 females. 

Courses 
 

The first batch of 40 students sat for their
licensing examination in April 2008, with eighty percent per cent pass
rate. 

The Health Assistant Clinical (HAC) programme,
now Registered Nurse Assistant Clinical (RNAC) was also introduced in 2007 at
the Sunyani Municipal Hospital with a student population of 55 and now has an
enrolment for the RNAC programme, which has tremendously increased with student
population standing at 400. 

Plans to roll out Registered Midwifery
programme in the College commenced in 2013, and became operational in 2015,
under the administration of Mr. David Amalba Ayinne, who assumed responsibility
as the second Principal of the college in March 2014. 

The commencement of the midwifery training was
augmented by the construction of a three unit lecture hall block by the Sunyani
Municipal Assembly and the programme started with a student population of 135
and now has 360 students. 

Affiliated to the Kwame Nkrumah University of
Science and Technology (KNUST), the College is a Centre for the upgrading of
the Registered Nurse Assistant Clinical Certificate Programme to Diploma in
Registered General Nursing Management.  

Achievements  

To date, the College has produced over 3000
nurses and nursing assistants who are making meaningful impacts on the health
of the Ghanaian populace and beyond. 

Currently, because of its infrastructural
development and improvement in student performances, the KNUST has approved the
College’s application to start degree programmes in Nursing and Midwifery.
 

In an interview, Mr. Amalba Ayinne, the
Principal of the College said it was only waiting for the Ministry of Health
for degree programmes to commence, but added that currently it was also
collaborating with the KNUST for students to do top-up programmes and other
courses. 

Performance of students, he added has improved
in the past three years, saying that the College recorded 96 per cent pass rate
in Registered General Nursing (RGN) and 98 per cent in Registered Nursing Assistance
in the 2016/2017 academic year. 

Challenges
 

The major challenges facing the College now is
the un-tarred nature of access roads on campus, inadequate residential
accommodation for staff, particularly tutors, as well as a lack of hostel for
male students. 

Way
forward  

Mr Ayinne appealed to the government,
corporate bodies, and philanthropists to support the College to tar its access
roads, and also improve on physical infrastructural development, as the College
strives to reach a fully-fledged university status. 

He hinted that authorities of the Sunyani
Regional Hospital was working tirelessly for the facility to be upgraded to a
teaching hospital, saying if that was done, it would pave the way for the
College to introduce new courses in health.

Courses such as physiotherapy, dietetics
and psychiatry could be introduced for the College to serve the middle belt of
the country, Mr. Ayinne said, adding that the College had virtually completed
agreement with MTN Ghana to hook the institution onto a 24-hour internet facility
for students and tutors. 

The Chairman of the NMTC stakeholders (Parents
Teacher Association), Mr Anthony Addo, commended Management and staff of the
College for their selfless contributions towards the institution’s rapid growth
and development. 

Describing the College Principal as a “pace
setter” for infrastructural development at the place, Mr. Addo assured that the
stakeholders would continue to render the needed support for improved
infrastructure and excellent academic performance.

GNA

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