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Students Of The College Of Health & Well –Being, Determined To Meet MDGs 4, 5 (BA/R)

Students of the College of Health and Well- Being ,Kintampo have said that they would do whatever it takes to achieve ‘’zero child mortality and zero maternal mortality,’’ a standard government and the global world would love to attain.

 

The students, therefore, resolved to take advantage of the opportunities offered in the college, which was established way back in 1969, to equip themselves and champion this noble course.

This was contained in a speech delivered by the President of the Students Representative Council [SRC] of the college, Mr Justice Kofi Ntiamoah, at a grand durbar to climax this year’s SRC week celebration under the theme; ‘’Advancing MDGs 4 and 5; The Role of Health Trainees’’.

Mr Ntiamoah acknowledged that a lot more needs to be done to improve on the existing infrastructure of the school at a time when government is about to transform the college into a university.

He appealed to the authorities to work on the lightning system along roads leading to the various hostels within and outside campus, pleading also with landlords and land ladies in town to exercise some moderation in their rental charges.

The rector of the college, Dr. E.T. Agase, congratulated the students for the week – long activities and assured them that government is committed to solving the infrastructural deficit of the school since the President, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, promised to upgrade the institution in his State of the Nation’s address.

Dr Agase, however, bemoaned the high rate at which the school’s land was being encroached on and called on chiefs in the area to check the menace.

He also promised to give a fair admission quota for people in Kintampo and the school’s catchment area, including Techiman and Wenchi, on condition that they meet the school’s entry requirement.

Speaking to the theme of the celebration, Mr Gaspard Dery, the Co-ordinating Director of the Kintampo Municipal Assembly, who stood in for the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon Michael Justice Baffoe, said that the theme for the occasion was apt since it fell in line with government’s effort to meet the United Nation’s standard figures of 187 out of every 10,000 births.

Mr Dery pointed out that the current national figures of 320 maternal deaths out of every 10,000 births is alarming, calling on all and sundry to make an effort to reduce the trend.

The co-ordinating director noted that over the years the assembly has provided financial and other material support for health care delivery in the municipality together with the sponsorship of students to do programmes in this college and other institutions.

He assured the students that the assembly, and for that matter, government was fully committed to solving the infrastructural needs of the college, while advising the students to accept posting to rural communities upon completion.

The week‘s celebration started with a float by the students along some major streets, amidst brass band music, drawing hundreds of people, especially traders, to dance.

The students also embarked on an outreach programme in Dawadawa, a sprawling agrarian community, where dental screening, BP, Body Mass index [BMI] checks and health education were carried out.

There was also lnter-Association Football knock-out which saw Health lnformation Students Association and Direct Medical students Assistants Association billed for finals.

Miss Mariam Lomokie, a year one laboratory Technician student, emerged winner among 4 other contestants of the “Miss Intellectual 2014”, which formed part of the celebration, on the criteria of beauty, confidence, eloquence and gorgeousness to take away a mini table-top deep freezer as award.

Curtains were drawn on the celebration after a socialisation rendezvous at the Kintampo Waterfalls amongst the students and their counterparts from the Nurses’ Training College, Sunyani.

 

Source: ISD (Daniel Oduro-Stewart)

 

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