By Cecil Mensah
The Family Health School (FHS) in Teshie, a suburb of Accra, has kicked started its 2015/2016 admission for the in-take of fifty medical students.
As the first ever private medical school in the country, it has the vision of becoming a prime centre for professional medical education by the year 2020.
The school, located opposite the Kofi Annan International Peace-Keeping Training Centre, is affiliated to the University of Ghana, and collaborates with medical schools in Europe and America.
Admissions have opened for students with West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WSSCE) and Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) holders, as well as students with First or Second classes in Science.
The school announced the opening of the admissions into the ultra-modern private medical school at the matriculation and graduation of students at a colourful ceremony attended by the Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Victor Bampoe and the Director- General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr.
In all, one hundred and eighty (180) students graduated from the Nursing Department of the school and two hundred and thirty (230) students, also took the oath of matriculation.
Speaking at the graduation cum matriculation, Board Chairman of Family Health School, Prof. E.Y. Kwawukume, said the school’s Nurses Assistant Training school, has been the back bone of health care delivery in the country.
“I do not believe, as graduates you chose the nursing profession because of job security and job placement but for the genuine interest of caring for the sick and the dying,” he said.
He urged them to aspire to play an integral role in the health care delivery; patient satisfaction, and comfort to be their aim in the industry.
He said, in addition to the expert knowledge and skills, they must be vain talkers, but be sympathetic to the hallmark of excellence in the profession at all times.
He called on them, to adapt working with Doctors, as well as other auxiliary nurses in the hospital to satisfy their patients.
He reminded them to be cheerful at times and not allow themselves to be frustrated or upset by little things on the fields.
He assured them that, majority of them would have the opportunity to practice their skills on attachment at the hospital under the leadership and management of the Hospital Matron, Mrs Frances Lomoko, and the Medical Director, Dr Sosu K. Kwawukume.
He took the opportunity to urge the Principal and the teaching staff to work hard to maintain the academic excellence with the current pass rate.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Principal of the School, Colonel (Rtd) Monica Andoh, said out of 27 private schools in the country, that took part
in the licensure examination in November 2014, Family Health School, topped all the private Nurse Assistant Training Schools.
According to her, the school moved from 85.7 percent in November 2013 to 97.4 percent in November 2014 as the overall percentage.
On his part, Deputy Minister for Health, Dr. Victor Bampoe, encouraged the students to strive to realize their dream of becoming health workers ,and stand up to be counted as health workers, who dedicated their lives to help their fellow men and women.