Sopas is some 20 minutes’ drive from Wabag town. The Sopas Nursing College is situated on steep mountains. It has produced some ofthe province’s and country’s best health officers.
Some 2 years ago, a tribal fight had erupted between warring tribes residing aroundthe college premises. Several people losttheir lives and thers were left in critical condition. All ofthe staff and students’fledthe college. This finally promptedthe closure ofthe college.
The Nursing College has re-opened its doors and is looking at bringing quality health care tothe people inthe highlands region, and ther parts ofthe country as well.
The college will be taking inthe first 40 nurses, all females, next year.
Governor Peter Ipatas saidthe college will trainthe women andthen postthem throughoutthe highlands region and ther parts ofthe country.
Mr. Ipatas saidthe college will also take in patients; this will provide hands on experience for the students’
Just recently,the provincial government allocated some funds to renovate and extendthe college. Contractors are currently hard at work, getting vital infrastructure likethe administration building and dormitories up as soon as possible.
The college has also received new medical equipment in preparation for classeso commence next year. It has a laboratory, maternity ward, surgical ward and thers includingthe in-patient section. It has already taken in patients for treatment.
`The facility has been maintained and is ready for the intakes to utilize.
The governor saidthe college has been given a second chance, giventhe fact that it has produced so many health specialists currently serving inthe province and country as well.
He saidthe college will also be of great benefit tothe people of Wabag andthe Enga Province.
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