Hon. Yussif Sulemana, Member of Parliament (MP) for Bole/Bamboi Constituency in the Northern Region, has expressed unhappiness with the progress of construction works on the Bole Community Health Training College project in his constituency.
The MP was, however, angry with the Ministry of Health because construction works on the project have been abandoned for months, thereby affecting the students’ full enrolment and the administrative operation of the school.
Speaking to The Republic after putting a question to the minister on the floor of parliament yesterday, Hon. Sulemana expressed his dissatisfaction at the manner the project has been abandoned.
The MP had asked the Minister for Health, about the current state of construction works at the Bole Community Heath Nurses’ Training College.
“Mr. Speaker, I want to ask the Minister of Health what is the current state of the construction works at the Bole Community Health Nurses’ Training College,” the MP said.
In his response, the sector minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, said the ministry has no knowledge about the said Bole Community Health Nurses’ Training College project.
According to him, “The Ministry has no project currently ongoing at the Bole Community Health Nurses’ Training College. However, our checks revealed that the District Assembly is undertaking the construction works at the school. It is being funded by GETFund.”
The sector minister, however, advised the MP to seek further clarification and the current state of affairs with regard to the facility from the Bole District Assembly, a situation the Bole MP said is not good enough, describing the minister’s response as “poor job.”
He said, “Definitely I’m not satisfied at all, I want to believe that the minister did a shoddy work and it shows on the floor in most cases, where he was asked, he says I’ve to go and come. What it means is that, his technical people at the Ministry of Health didn’t help him, which is so disappointing.”
“We all know that every health institution is under the supervision of the Ministry of Health and I was asking what commitment and assurance of support the ministry is giving to ensure that it would monitor the project in terms of technical advice,” he added.
Nonetheless, Hon Sulemana said, he would follow up the project with the District Assembly and The GETFund Secretariat to ascertain the current status of the structure.
“On this matter, I think I have to get in touch with GETFund, I am in touch with the District Assembly already, so that we will find out the role each of these institutions would have to play,” he reiterated.
He told this paper, a timely completion of work on the project is of importance to the people of Bole, because the current insufficient infrastructure is hindering the number of students the college could take.
“This Nursing Training school is critical to the development of education and health in Bole and I will continue to remind the government of this project, no matter what information I may get from the GETFund office. Our hope is that they would be able to finish it on time but from what I can see it is going to be doubtful,” he said.
The project, he noted, includes an administrative block, an ICT centre, classrooms and dining hall being constructed by Syiprin Construction Company Limited in Accra, and A&QS Consortium in the Upper West Region.
Effort made by The Republic to speak to the contractor to confirm the status of the project, proved unsuccessful, as the contact line was either switched off or out of coverage area.
The Bole District is bounded on the north by the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District, to the West by the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, with the Black Volta River being the boundary between the two neighbouring countries.
Its eastern neighbour is the West Gonja District, and the Wenchi and Kintampo North districts in the Brong Ahafo Region are in the southern part of it.
The Bole Community Health Nurses Training School is one of the newly established health training institutions in the country and started admitting students in September, 2012. The school is the second Community Health Nurses’ Training School to be established in the Northern Region.
The school started with its administrative work at the Bole District Health Directorate and moved to its current location (school premises) on September 28, 2012. Currently, it has a student population of 64, comprising 42 females and 22 males.
The school, according to the MP, was established to train community health nurses to augment the number of public health nurses, whose role is to promote health and prevent diseases in our communities.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba