The 37 Military Hospital Nursing and Midwifery Training School (NMTC) has held its 2019 matriculation ceremony for the 2019 batch of nursing and midwifery students on Friday November 15 2019 at the hospital’s Officers’ Mess in Accra.
This year, a total of 261 students were admitted into the institution. Ninety-nine (99) Registered Midwifery and 162 Registered General Nursing students were admitted, of which 11 were soldiers.
The 37 Military Hospital NMTC was established during the World War 11 in July 1941 known as the Nursing Orderlies’ Training Wing (NOTW). It was to train soldiers to augment the strength of expatriate medical staff in the hospital and the Medical Reception Stations (MRSs). It was later upgraded to train qualified Registered Nurses and Midwives with an average of 15 students.
Speaking during the ceremony, Col Bugri admonished the first year students to work hard, be disciplined, love one another and respect their superior and colleagues in order to accomplish their dream as professional nurses and midwives.
‘’Nursing is a sacrament, a form of worship and hospitality service to mankind. This make the NURSE the first receptionist and caretaker of every new born. It again makes the NURSE the last person to offer critically needed living care to all who exit this world,’’ he added.
He commended the Acting Principal of the school, Principal Nursing Officer (PNO), Mrs Ann Oduro-Arhin, committee for the programme and all who contributed in making the programme a success.
The Principal of the college, PNO Mrs Oduro-Arhin disclosed that, the core function of the college is to train skillful and disciplined nurses and midwives and also to produce the best nurses and midwives in the country. She added that the success of the institution was as a result of team work and dedication by all.
She enumerated some challenges such as inadequate hostel facilities to accommodate the ever growing student population of the school, lack of a bigger bus for educational trips, lack of an assembly hall to accommodate the increasing number of students and staff during durbars and other school functions.
She implored the students to continue to practice what would be impacted in them and to abide by the ethics of the profession and be abreast with new findings and technology since the world is now dynamic.
Present during the occasion were the Commander Kumasi Military, Hospital Brig Gen Raymond Ewusi, Director General Defence Intelligence of the Ghana Armed Forces, Brig Gen Andoh, Chief Nursing Officers of the facility, some serving and retired officers and parents of the students.