The Minister of Health, Dr. Benjamin Kunbuor has warned Principals of Health institutions to desist from using buses allocated them to enhance academic and extra-curricular activities for funerals and thus deprive their respective institutions of their use.
“Don’t turn school buses into funeral buses and use them for your in-laws’ funerals to the neglect of the purpose for which they are intended” he further warned.
Dr. Kunbuor gave the warning when he presented a 30-seater bus to the Health Assistants Training School (HATS) at Wa in the Upper West Region here on Saturday.
The Health Minister urged the principals to use the buses judiciously for clinical activities of students, outreach and practical programmes to equip students with the requisite knowledge and skills to provide quality health care delivery services to the public.
He announced that plans are afoot to establish more health training institutions especially for the various categories of nurses to train the work force needs of the Ghana Health Services (GHS).
He said existing nursing training and other health institutions are also being resourced and equipped to enable them produce more efficient and effective health personnel to meet the challenges of providing quality health care to clients.
The Upper West Regional Minister, Mr. Mahmud Khalid was happy that the HATS had been presented with a bus, which he said was vital for the promotion of effective and sound academic activities of both students and tutors.
Mr. Khalid hoped that the bus would be at the disposal of students to carry out more practical and clinical activities to enable them to gather enough experience and skills to render quality services to the people.
The Upper West Regional Director of Health Service, Dr. Alexis Nang-Beifubah thanked the Ministry of Health for the gesture and gave the assurance that the Regional health Directorate would monitor the use of the bus to ensure its strict usage for the promotion of academic work for the benefit of students.
Dr. Nang-Beifubah said his outfit would draw up a policy on the use of the bus, adding, “a copy of the police would be served on the Regional Co-ordinating Council to help check on the effective usage of the bus to give it a longer life span to serve the best interest of students.”