Commencement of nursing diploma course delayed for four months

25 Jun 2013 08:10
RUNDU, 25 JUN (NAMPA) - The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Richard Kamwi says classes for the first intake of the nursing diploma course for registered nurses which was supposed to start in April this year, has been postponed until August.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services in conjunction with the University of Namibia (Unam) introduced the three-year nursing diploma course, which will be conducted at the regional health training centres at Rundu, Keetmanshoop, and Windhoek, this year.
The Health Minister, who was accompanied by his deputy Petrina Haingura during a visit to Rundu on Monday, said the first intake of the nursing diploma course will see 90 students enrolled at each of the three centres.
The course for enrolled nurses which is currently being offered at the Rundu Health Training Centre will as a result be moved to Katima Mulilo in the Caprivi Region.
Kamwi explained that the classes for registered nurses were delayed because the ministry experienced logistical problems as they first had to secure accommodation for students, classrooms, chairs, desks, and textbooks.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services has acquired rental accommodation and classroom facilities for students taking the nursing diploma course.
Classes for students will be held at Rundu?s Katutura residential area, while accommodation was secured at the Kehemu informal settlement on the outskirts of Rundu.
The minister, who made a final inspection on progress being made with the renovation of classroom facilities for the first intake at Rundu, said the contractor renovating the classroom facilities had requested three more weeks to enable him to complete the renovation.
Kamwi said the beds, mattresses, desks and chairs for students are already in place.
The Health Minister also announced that the University of Zambia will send eight lecturers to Namibia, who will work as tutors for the nursing diploma course.
The Zambian lecturers are expected to arrive next week and according to Kamwi, the lecturers will be working in the country for three months, as per their contracts.
Prospective students for the nursing diploma course have already been interviewed and selected.