10 Sep 2013 06:40
RUNDU, 10 SEP (NAMPA) Lectures for the first intake of nursing diploma students experienced another delay, and will now start early next year only.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services in conjunction with the University of Namibia (Unam) introduced the three-year nursing diploma course for registered nurses this year, and these courses will be offered at regional health training centres in Rundu, Keetmanshoop, and Windhoek.
The Health and Social Services Minister, Dr Richard Kamwi gave his assurance in June this year that the classes, which were supposed to start in April this year, were to commence in August, but that deadline also lapsed.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services' Public Relations Officer, Esther Paulus told Nampa on enquiry Tuesday lessons would commence early next year, as there are some logistics to be sorted out first.
Paulus explained that the line ministry is acquiring lecturers for the course, as well as study materials, amongst other things.
The prospective students have been selected already, she said.
The first intake will see 90 students enrolled at each of the three centres.
Meanwhile, 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 Zambezi Region.
The Health Minister earlier told reporters during his visit to Rundu that the classes for registered nurses were delayed because the ministry experienced logistical problems, as his ministry first had to secure accommodation for students, classrooms, chairs, desks, and textbooks.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services has since acquired rental accommodation and classroom facilities for students taking the nursing diploma course.
Classes for students will be held at Rundus Katutura residential area, while accommodation was secured at the Kehemu informal settlement on the outskirts of Rundu.
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 will be working in the country for three months, as per their contracts.