Rumginae School of Nursing witnessed 40 Community Health Workers (CHW) graduate with a certificate four (IV) in community health care knowledge. On the occasion, partners made commitments for the upgrade of the institution.
One such development group is the Middle Fly Women and Children’s Association of the Community Mine Continuation Agreement (CMCA). The association over the years has sponsored students to undergo training.
Ms Charlotte Mathews
Association president, Mrs. Charlotte Mathews said: “Today I not only come as the president of the Middle Fly Women & Children Association but as a parent, a mother to announce a funding commitment of PGK50, 000 each made by my colleagues from the other 9 CMCA Women & Children Associations. The commitment by the women provides counter funding for a fully kitted Science Laboratory which Ok Tedi Development Foundation is taking lead to build.
Top five students continue into Nursing Training
Ms Rose Makalisa receives her certificate from OTDF Executive Manager Program Services Eric Kuman (R)
Graduating CWH student Ms Rose Makalisa representing the graduates thanked all the sponsors, the Rumginae School and especially her graduating batch for the friendship and educational support provided throughout their time at Rumginae. She said:”Schooling and learning wouldn’t be fun without the friends we made. I encourage you all my fellow graduates to go out knowing you have made it and share your knowledge in healthcare to the communities you are placed at and do your work with pride”.
Ms. Dulcy Enemop (L) receives the Dux Award sponsored by BSP from Kiunga Branch Manager Mr. Ruben Attai (middle) in the company of school Principal Mr. Amos Kupaloma (R)
Principal Amos Kupaloma in his school update acknowledged the Western Provincial Government and development partners for their support in upgrading the schools infrastructure while acknowledging his hard working staff and especially the school governing council board for supporting him. He said:” The school has been operating since establishment in1976 by missionaries. In the process we have now upgraded the schools’ status from a CHW school to a School of Nursing, but we still have some more paperwork to get formalities completed. He said this batch were privileged to have used a new state of the art e- library installed by OTDF, which saw students and staff access medical information and learning material which was an issue in previous years.”
The principal said the school will see five CHW students from this 44th graduating batch continue on to further their studies under the Nursing training program. He said: These five are the top students and as we progress the numbers will increase. Enrolment is not limited to Western Province, this year we have two students from the New Guinea Islands and a handful from the Highlands region.
He said Rumginae School of Nursing is growing and will extend its institutions service to other interested students country wide who meet all requirements of the school, especially those with good grades.