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COHHETI celebrates 16th anniversary in Bolgatanga with call to gov’t to imporve health training institutions

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The Heads of Health Training Institutions (COHHETI) celebrated its 16th annual conference in Bolgatanga, located in the Upper East Region, with a call for stakeholders to consider upgrading health training institutions to award first degrees, aiming to enhance the quality of healthcare professionals.

Madam Margaret Alacoque, the President of COHHETI, questioned why many institutions, including technical universities, continued to award certificates while their entry requirements remained low, despite training the majority of the nation’s health sector workforce.

Addressing the 16th Annual General Conference in Bolgatanga, themed “Quality Assurance And Accreditation in the Training of Healthcare Professionals,” Madam Alacoque appealed to the Health Minister to consider upgrading the institutions to bring them up to modern standards. She asked, “What prevents the Health Training Institutions from being upgraded to degree-awarding institutions? The colleges of education have made the move, as have the polytechnics. Even the Senior High schools (SHS) are moving towards diploma awards. Why are we being left behind?”

The COHHETI President further called for the expansion of funding for health institutions, suggesting that internally generated funds could be enhanced by allowing the institutions to manage the sale of admission forms.

On his part, Dr. Samuel K. Boakye-Boateng, the Upper East Regional Director of Health, called on all heads of health institutions across the country to prioritise good leadership at their respective schools. According to him, this emphasis on leadership is crucial for producing quality healthcare professionals.

Stephen Yakubu, the Upper East Regional Minister, assured COHHETI of the NPP government’s commitment to improving the health sector. He cited the government’s decision to construct 111 hospitals across the country as evidence of their dedication to enhancing healthcare infrastructure.

Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHZ|David Azure|Bolgatanga

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