Mrs Cordelia Yeboaa-Yeboah, a Chief Nursing Officer at the Brong-Ahafo Regional Hospital in Sunyani has warned that it was a serious offense for health professionals to take and share pictures of patients on social media for public view.
She said the unfortunate practice was a total breach of the profession, and warned particularly nurses and midwives against the practice as those who would be found culpable would be dismissed and lose their professional license.
Mrs Yeboaa-Yeboah gave the warning when he was speaking at the matriculation ceremony of the Sunyani Nursing and Midwifery Training College, which officially admitted 516 students.
The fresh students, made up of 403 females and 113 males would pursue various programmes in General Registered Nursing, Midwifery and Nursing Assistants (clinical).
Mrs Yeboaa-Yeboah, said nursing was a divine call and urged institutional authorities not to tolerate trainees with questionable characters in order not to dent the image of the profession.
She indicated that the confidentiality of every patient ought to be guaranteed as any leakage could traumatize them and worsen their condition as well as lead to public stigmatization to impede their recovery process.
Mrs Yeboah-Yeboaa told the nursing trainees that as the management prepared to acquire professional license, there was the need for them to also concentrate on their books and avoid unhealthy lifestyle and bad peers who might ruin their future.
She entreated the institutional authorities to be strict on the students and not to hesitate to discipline the recalcitrant ones to serve as deterrent to like-minded others.