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First Module of a Postgraduate Diploma Certificate Course In Burns and Plastic Surgery Nursing

Accra, May 30, 2016
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First Module of a Postgraduate Diploma Certificate Course In Burns and Plastic Surgery Nursing

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The National Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre in partnership with RESURGE Africa, Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit of Glasgow Royal Infirmary, and with funding from Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET), UK, organized the first module of the Postgraduate Diploma Certificate Course in Burns and Plastic Surgery Nursing.

The inaugural course was free and opened to qualified nurses from selected institutions. Faculty included experienced Plastic Surgeons and Nurses from Ghana and Scotland. The course is the first of its kind in the country. The inaugural module of the course which run from the 30th of May to the 3rd of June 2016, saw 43 participants from the selected Health Institutions across the country. The participants were selected from Health Institutions in Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Tamale.

The Course is being organised in modules and participants are required to complete all 3 modules and requisite examinations and assignments to receive the diploma certificate.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Accra, Director of the National Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre at Korle-bu, Dr Opoku Ware Ampomah indicated that the course was to upgrade the scale of nurses in plastic surgery and burns treatment.

He said usually when burns patients arrive at the hospital, the first people who would take care of the patients are nurses, hence the need for them to be tutored to better execute their work.

Dr Ampomah expressed gratitude to the nurses who helped to treat the burns of the survivors of last year’s June 3 disaster and asked them to at all times give off their outmost support to help heal the sick.

In an interview with Emmanuel Essandoh, Senior Nurse at Trust Hospital, he said the course was the first ever to be done in Ghana and he was delighted to be a part of it.

He said he was grateful to the stakeholders who made it possible.