ST. JOHNS COLLEGE OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY GRADUATES 116 STUDENTS
10th October, 2019
Mzuzu City was crammed (filled) with excitement over the weekend when 116 students graduated from St. Johns College of Nursing and Midwifery one of the CHAM colleges. All the 116 students graduated were nurse and midwife technicians. The well-attended ceremony was held at St. Peters Primary School Ground on Friday, October 4, 2019 amidst Parade—led by Honorable Minister of Health and Population, Jappie Mhango who was the Guest of Honor, MP and other high-level dignitaries.
The Hon Minister was delighted with the work that St. Johns College in terms of contributing to the national health workforce. “As a ministry we are happy for the tremendous work the college is doing in making sure that students are imparted with right skills and knowledge”, said Mhango. The Hon minister encouraged students to prepare very well as they will be sitting for licensure exams in the next few weeks.
CHAM being the biggest partner of government of Malawi in terms of training healthcare workers, the minister appreciated the efforts done. He said, “Government cannot do everything by itself but it relies on partners like CHAM to compliment its effort”. He further acknowledge the cordial relationship that do exist between the Government of Malawi and CHAM through the Service Level Agreement. In his remarks he said, “Government will continue to provide technical support to CHAM in order for Malawi as a country to achieve universal health coverage”.
The minister recognized the support that development partners such as USAID, CDC, World Learning provides in the health sector especially the provision of scholarships. He furthers extended a plea for continued support.
CHAM Training Manager, Pacharo Matchere, urged graduating students to be aware that the most of knowledge acquired by them with a default in character and behavior in the discharge of professional duties is nothing less than no or needless knowledge. She added that, “Let your knowledge acquired be needed and needful at all times in professionally delivering your services to mankind.”
During the occasion, several of the graduates were certificated with various academic and extra-curriculum achievements. The honorees included the best performer student Lydia Msowoya and several other male and female graduates.
The ceremony brought together, high profile individuals resenting various sectors of the health delivery system. Among them were Secretary for Health Dr. Dan Namalika, The Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services in the Ministry of Health Dr. Tulipoka Soko, Lordship Rt. Reverend Professor John A Ryan Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu. One representative from World Learning as well as local officials, parents and well wishers of the graduates.