Chainama to train new cadre of health workers

CHAINAMA College of Health Sciences has partnered with the world-wide Child Fund to introduce e-learning so that the institution can have a large number of learners studying the subject in all the 10 provinces.

Acting head of Department Mental Health and Clinical Psychiatry, Didduh Mubanga, said the institution has since trained some members of staff in e-learning programmes so as to enable people in distant places to benefit and learn electronically.

Ms Mubanga said e-learning will benefit the masses because it will be manageable and will enable learners to access school material without coming to Chainama College.

She said Chainama College was advanced in a programme to offer quality health services and health sciences training at various levels such as Registered Mental Health Nurse, environmental technician, clinical officer (psychiatry) and health technologist, among others.  Ms Mubanga said the institution, being the largest and the oldest training college, hoped to introduce degree courses in anesthesia, mental health nursing as well as general nursing so as to push the agenda in health sector.

And Ms Mubanga added that the institution was now independent with an anesthesia department of its own which was for a long time operating from the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).

She said once the college trained many experts they will be able to fill these structures because the students that were being trained from Chainama College work as front liners in health institutions.

‘‘Looking at developments that are going on in the health sector, there are a lot of health institutions that have been built and so if we train this workforce they will be able to penetrate those facilities and offer services at community level,’’ she said.

Ms Mubanga said the training programme was sustainable because students that were being trained from Chainama were able to be stationed in all parts of the country as front line health workers.

‘’As Chainama college we are committed to providing quality and competitive education and training in health sciences to competently perform at all levels of health care delivery’’, she said.

Chainama College of Health Sciences is one of the largest training institutions for health workers in Zambia, after the University of Zambia (UNZA.

The institution gained college status in 1984, of which over the years, the college has expanded the scope of training programmes offered and significantly increased its capacities and student intakes.

The College is affiliated to the University of Zambia and it is a public institution under the ministry of health.