Regina Benneh, GNA
Berekum (B/A), Dec. 5, GNA - The Most Reverend Mathew Kwasi Gyamfi, the Catholic Bishop of Sunyani, has called on nurses to avoid the use of the knowledge acquired to destroy lives by engaging in induced abortion.
Speaking at the 21st matriculation ceremony of the Berekum Holy Family Nurses and Midwifery Training College at Berekum in the Brong-Ahafo Region, Most Rev Gyamfi said even if the State legalised abortion, “you should not by any means practice abortion- to commit murder”.
He said every professional nurse has enough knowledge on health including abortion but this should not tempt the individual to act wrongly since nurses were trained to save and not to destroy lives.
Most Rev Gyamfi urged nurses to be selfless and place less emphasis on monetary interests, saying that salaries would definitely be paid to the nurse once he or she followed stipulated rules and regulations to work as a responsible employee.
But Bishop Gyamfi said one most essential thing that must glaringly be seen in the working life of a nurse is the joy in saving the lives of many patients and expectant mothers.
He urged both the matriculates and continuing trainee nurses to research more in the course of their training to stay abreast with diverse health issues and distinguish themselves among their peers in practice.
Most Rev Gyamfi said there is the need for them to be guided by Christian values and ethics of the nursing profession in the discharge of their duties, saying in that sense they would be acting on their conscience to empathise with the sick, console the suffering and to protect lives at all costs.
He appealed to parents to cooperate with Management and staff of the College to provide quality and holistic training to the students to prepare them to become not only well-trained professional nurses and midwives but responsible citizens as well.
Madam Monica Nkrumah, the Principal of the College, urged the students to be well-focused and concentrate on their studies to justify the financial investments being made on them by their parents/guardians and government.
She cautioned them against the use of social media, saying this could disrupt their studies and truncate the progress in achieving their primary objective of enrolling at the College.
She said 263 out of a total of 842 applicants who applied for the registered general nursing and the registered midwifery programmes for the 2018 and 2019 academic year were admitted for both campuses (Berekum and Drobo).
Madam Nkrumah said an anatomical pathology museum stocked with specimen has been established at the College, in addition to internet connectivity in all the lecture halls, hostels and other areas of the College to improve teaching, learning and research work of students and staff.
She said Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras have been installed at vantage points in the College to strengthen security to protect lives and properties.
Madam Nkrumah said the lack of stand by generator(s), delay in fee payment by students, inadequate transport and accommodation facilities for staff and students were some of the major challenges being encountered by the College.