Government will continue to partner all stakeholders in the socio-economic development of the country, President John Dramani Mahama has announced.
He said such partnerships had become necessary because of the growing population and limited facilities especially in the health and educational training institutions throughout the country.
President Mahama said this when he addressed the maiden matriculation of the Family Health Medical School, the only private medical school in the country. The 16 matriculants were made up of 10 ladies and six men.
The Family Health Group started in a garage at 51, Guggisberg Street, Korle-Bu, Korle Gonno, Mamprobi in 1997 as a Diagnostic Centre and later moved to a rented premises on the Zoti road and now to its permanent location at Teshie.
The group now comprises; a hospital, Nursing and Midwifery school, and the newly established modern Medical School. The programme was also attended by former Presidents, Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor and other dignitaries.
President Mahama said, although Ghana was having a doctor patient ratio of one Doctor to over 10,000 patients, plans were afoot to expand medical facilities to increase the intake of more medical students throughout the country.
He said the establishment of a private medical school was in conformity with government’s transformation agenda. The President said the establishment of medical training schools was capital intensive and called on all stakeholders to support government and the private sector to establish more of such institutions to reduce high rates of infant and maternal mortality in the country.
He said government would continue to play a leading role in the provision of infrastructure and facilities that would ensure the smooth implementation of such projects.
On the matriculants, President Mahama advised them to strictly adhere to the oaths and tenets of the profession by remaining resolute to their core duty of taking care of patients even in times of disagreements.
He said disagreements in the course of their duties were bound to occur, but “always remember that a little smile and re-assurance to your patients can make a miracle in bringing the lives of patients back.”
Professor Enyonam Yao Kwawukume, President of the Holy Family Group, said the vision of the School was to make it the prime centre for professional medical education and training in the advancement of human health.
He said the School, which is affiliated to the University of Ghana and accredited by the National Accreditation Board, has national and international lecturers and professors from medical schools in the United States of America.
“Family Health Medical School has modern facilities such as the Tim Johnson Library complex, Telemedicine facilities, an E-Library, spacious hall of Anatomy for the dissection of cadavers and computerized facilities to view different parts of human body.”
Professor Kwawukume eulogized former Presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor, for their support that enabled them to begin the school since 1997.
Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, Minister for Education, commended the staff and management of the School for establishing the first ever private medical school in the country.
She said Ghana had the leaders and expertise to lead those specialized schools to blossom and gave the assurance that her outfit would continue to offer all technical advice that would make them stand out as one of the best medical schools in the continent.
She said Ghana had for the last four years topped in all the West African Examinations Council Results adding that it was an indication that the country was moving forward in terms of high standards of education.
Source: Government of Ghana.