The Nursing Board of Liberia has completed an assessment of the nursing department at the Bong County Technical College (BCTC) in Gbarnga for possible accreditation.Early this year, the Nursing Board suspended all instructional activities at the nursing department of the Bong County College because the college was not accredited to offer nursing.
A delegation from the Nursing Board completed the assessment in three days at BCTC.
The Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services at the Nursing Board of Liberia, Mary Tiah, said the findings of the assessment will be released in the next one to two months.
The president of the college Dr. Roland Massaquoi told Radio Gbarnga Wednesday that the administration of the college welcomes the assessment aimed at granting accreditation to the college to effectively run the nursing program.
Dr. Massaquoi says BCTC with support from the government has prepared simulation laboratories and the facilities necessary to ensure that the college gets the accreditation for its nursing program.The construction of the Bong County Technical College started in 2010 and funded through the County Development Funds.
Bong County Superintendent Esther Walker, who also attended a post assessment meeting at BCTC on Wednesday, 30 October, attributed the institution’s failure to acquire accreditation from the Nursing Board to lack of teamwork and consultation during the formation of the college.
Madam Walker hails the current administration at BCTC for embarking on a process to ensure that the college’s nursing program is accredited to prepare students with the requisite skills and knowledge needed to work in the health sector.
Walker wants citizens of Bong County to give moral, financial and material contribution to the college, adding that BCTC is a cardinal institution for the human resource development of the county.The post assessment meeting was attended by the chair and co-chairpersons of the college’s board, a representative of Bong County civil society, the media, representatives of the Nursing Board of Liberia as well as the administration of the college.By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong County–Edited by Winston W. Parley