Eastern region: Students stranded as accommodation crises hits Atibie Nursing and Midwifery college
Students of the Kwahu Atibie Nursing and midwifery training college in the Eastern region are having to sleep on their mattresses in lecture halls and other places at the school following acute accommodation challenge.
Information gathered has it that students started arriving on campus on January 15,2022, however they have been stranded due to inadequate accommodation.
Some of the affected students were temporarily accommodated in the bungalow of the principal but later evicted when she arrived.
They were subsequently moved to classrooms where they sleep on the floor.
As a result of the conversion of the classrooms to temporal hostels, management has introduced shift system where Registered Nurses attend lectures in the morning while Registered midwives attend in afternoon due to inadequate classrooms.
We have gathered that most of the affected students are second years numbering over 300 since the first year and third year students have been provided with accommodation on campus albeit congested.
The students who are stranded and struggling for accommodation have paid for hostel as part of their school fees.
A hostel facility project on campus is reported to have stalled.
The affected students are seething with anger over the situation in the school.
They were visibly distraught during a visit to campus at night.
The accommodation challenge in Atibie Nursing and Midwifery college has existed for years.
The college announced in 2018 that it has suspended admission of students for Health Assistants Clinical program due to inadequate infrastructure.
It also introduced a shift system as a stopgap measure while it also cut down intake of fresh students.
The inadequate bungalows for tutors have been discouraging others from accepting posting to the college
Atibie Nursing and Midwifery college was established some 66-years ago by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church but absorbed by government.
The college has however not received any major facelift and infrastructural expansion since its establishment.
Despite these challenges, the college continue to be a center of academic excellence for the training of Registered nurses and Midwives for the health sector in Ghana.
Management have refused to comment on the situation however some members of the academic board are reported to have assured the students those efforts are underway to fix the problem.