The Presbyterian Vocational Training Centre at Akyem Begoro in the Eastern Region has been converted into a training health institution for paramedics.
The paramedics include biomedical scientists, laboratory technicians and radiographers, among others.
The facility, which has been redesignated as Presbyterian College of Health, is made up of classroom and administrative blocks, lecture and dining halls, laboratories, staff offices, places of convenience and other sanitation facilities.
First of its kind
At the official commissioning of the facility at Begoro recently, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), Rt. Rev. Professor Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante, said the health college would be the first of its kind to be established by the PCG to train laboratory technicians, biomedical staff and other paramedics in the country.
Rt. Rev. Prof. Mante said such healthcare professionals after training would help the staff of hospitals being managed by the PCG.
For his part, the Executive Director of the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), Dr Peter Yeboah, said the decision by the PCG to establish a new health college was a step in the right direction.
That, he noted, would make it possible for the training of paramedics and other health professionals to assist in the provision of quality healthcare services to patients.
He stated that the new health college would produce additional qualified middle-level personnel to support those already in the service.
The Chairperson of the Akyem Abuakwa Presbytery of the PCG, Rev. Dr Seth Kissi, who gave a brief history of the vocational training centre which had been converted into a health training institution, said after the collapse of the vocational training centre in December 2017, the PCG realised that there were few health training institutions in the country for the training of paramedics as such the PCG decided to establish a new one.
That decision, Rev. Dr Kissi said, was taken into consideration during the COVID-19 period when it was realised that more paramedics were needed in hospitals in the country.