By Gifty Arthur
The Family Health Hospital at Teshie in the Greater Accra Region, will soon have the capacity to perform, open-heart surgery for patients, who visit the hospital with that medical condition.
It will be the first time a private medical hospital; will chalk that feat in the country and in the sub-region.
This will become possible as soon as the hospital completes the establishment of it Cardiothoracic Unit (CTU) with an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which is underway, the president of the Family Health Medical School, Prof. Yao Kwawukume, has said.
The hospital, has In-vitro-fertilizer Centre or a Test tube baby centre, the first of its kind in a Teaching hospital in the sub-region.
Prof. Kwawukume, made the disclosure when the first private medical school which has attained a university college status, admitted students into the school for the 2016/1017 academic year.
The programme, which was the second by the school since its establishment, last year, had 17 regular students and 16 first degree science graduates, who are benefiting from an innovation by the school to offer opportunity to pursue medicine, having been unsuccessful with admission into the public medical schools.
In a statement to mark the beginning of serious academic work, Prof. Kwawukume, who proudly started the private medical school with his doctor wife; Susu Bridget Kwawukume, in a garage at Mamprobi in 1997 said, the medical profession is human centred and action-oriented, and so it requires individual sympathy, empathy, compassion to be able to care for people suffering from all kinds of diseases.
He said, the students have a great future but must take advantage of all the facilities available to them, to “grow personally and intellectually. I know that you have what it takes to excel here in the years ahead of you, you will also learn a great deal by taking part in extra curriculum activities”.
The school, which has many first to its credit, has it principal objective as to establish a 21st century world-class medical research, teaching and service delivery.
Students were charged to live up to the challenge of becoming members of the noble profession of distinction in the service of humanity, by acquiring the requisite knowledge and skills.
Prof. Kwawukume, who is the immediate past president of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Ghana (SOGOG), advised the students to take their learning serious and also trust their advisors and professors, as they have the “experience, wisdom and knowledge to help you succeed. What they expect of you, is to be independent in your judgment and critical in your analysis and innovative in all you do”.
The renowned Gynecologists, charged the students to take advantage of the school’s status now as a university college and make the school and their parents proud.
“The school has now acquired the status of a university college, and so you the matriculates, should remember to do all you can, to live up to that challenge, by acquiring the requisite knowledge and skills, so that your time in this University and the labour of your parents, be fruitful”.
The school and the hospital, located opposite the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Teshie, also have a nursing and midwifery school.
The Vice chancellor of the University of Ghana, Legon, Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, who described the school as “young and vibrant”, commended it for the great strides of growth and the transformed name from a Medical School, to a University College, with an added programme, the four-year graduate entry medical programme.
Prof. Owusu said, as an affiliate to the University of Ghana, Family Health Medical School, has the advantage to seek growth, since it mentor institution, has structures in place which will serve as guide to enable the attainment of its desired vision, of becoming the prime centre for medical innovation, training and research.
The vice chancellor, who described Prof. Kwawukume as an innovator said, he believed in the capabilities of the hospital’s president, and commended his dedication and commitment to compliment the government’s effort, saying “Ghana’s doctor to patient radio is still unimaginably unsatisfactory” adding “We still have one doctor taking care of 10, 450 patients instead of at most, one doctor to 5, 000, as recommended by the Commonwealth or World Health Organization’s (WHO) one doctor to 1, 320”.
He said, it was commendable for Prof. Kwawukume and his wife, to have started the hospital and school with their own resources, and appealed to government to consider extending assistance to enable the hospital achieve its objectives.
Prof. Owusu, advised the government to channel some of the funds spent on scholarship for students to train as doctors abroad, to the Family Health Medical School, so that they can be trained, locally.
He implored corporate organizations, to support the school, by sponsoring students through the school’s endowment fund.
The school, was inaugurated last year by ex-presidents, Jerry John Rawlings, John Kufuor, and then president, John Dramani Mahama.