The National Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre (NRPSBC) has taken a bold step to save the country thousands of cedis that go into the training of Plastic Surgery and Burns nurses abroad.
Forty of such nurses from selected hospitals across the country graduated with Postgraduate Diploma certificate in Plastic Surgery and Burns Nursing in Accra last Thursday, saving the country between $ 25,000 and $30,000 which would have been spent on training each nurse abroad.
The one-year programme which was offered to qualified beneficiaries for free was organised by the NRPSBC in collaboration with Resurge Africa to enable surgeons in Ghana to have their complement nurses.
At the graduation ceremony, the Director of NRPSBC and Head of Faculty for Accra, Dr Opoku Ware Ampomah, said there was the need to train nurses in Plastic Surgery and Burns Nursing to complement the work of surgeons, since the department only trained doctors for the programme.
According to him, the department had been in existence for over 20 years but did not have a programme for training postgraduate nurses in reconstructive plastic surgery and burns care.
It, therefore, had to create a programme for the nurses to acquire knowledge on plastic surgery and burns nursing to support surgeons in the field.