The Deputy Minister of Education, Rev. John Ntim Fordjour has described Family Health University College (FHUC) as one of the private educational institutions in Ghana that stands proudly in Africa and the sub-region, with excellence in promoting ethics and professionalism in medical education. .
He said the institution has raised the bar of critical skills and imbibed medical students, essential critical morals and social values.
Rev. Ntim Fordjour made the statement during the 2022 Family Health University College (FHUC) Enrollment and Graduation Ceremony for Family Health Medical School (FHMS) and Family Health Nursing & Midwifery School (FHNMS), held in Accra.
The two FHMS and FHNMS registration and graduation ceremony sessions were held separately due to the large number of students involved, and in accordance with COVID-19 protocols on outdoor gatherings.
Reverend Ntim Fordjour, who was the special guest of honor at the Family Health Medical School registration and graduation ceremony in 2022, noted that the training of physicians at Family Health Medical School contributes in a significant improvement in doctor-patient ratio from one doctor per 9,000 patients to one doctor per 6,355 patients in Ghana.
He added that although statistics show an improvement in the doctor-patient ratio in the country, the World Bank ranks Ghana 4th in West Africa and 14th in Sub-Saharan Africa.
He also affirmed that the government is seeking to create an enabling environment that will ensure the involvement of the private sector in training more doctors for the country to reach the required doctor-patient.
Reverend Ntim Fordjour congratulated the founders of FHUC, Prof. Enyonam Yao Kwawukume and Dr. Susu Bridget Kwawukume for their visionary leadership in the health sector, in training quality human resources for the country and for making progress by standing tall among its predecessors. .
Professor Kwawukume urged medical school students to be purposeful, studious, to follow the instructions of their professors, to embrace team-based learning, and most importantly, to strive for success in their medical education and beyond. of the.
Toward B.Sc. Medical Science graduates, he congratulated them on their medical education journey thus far, and added that he hoped they would have an exciting and impactful clinical year; he encouraged them not to be afraid of making mistakes but to keep working hard and as a team, and they will come out of this with flying colors.
The Family Health Medical School (FHMS) dual ceremony in the morning was attended by 41 graduate students of a bachelor of medical sciences and 59 freshmen and women including undergraduates and students of the entry medical program in graduate studies (GEMP).
For the afternoon session, the Family Health Nursing & Midwifery School Registration and Graduation Ceremony saw 68 graduate Clinical Practical Nursing (CNA) students and 257 freshman and female students, including 200 for the BSc. Nursing and Midwifery Program and 57 for the NAC program, also enrolling.
Speaking at the ceremony, Guest of Honour, Miss Hannah Akua Oparebea Acquah, Rector of the College of Nursing and Midwifery of Ghana, congratulated the newly graduated nursing assistants and encouraged them to pursue their academic laurels in nursing, as the revered profession embraced innovation.
She further advised students to emulate the qualities of an ideal nurse, including: being caring, empathetic, having good communication skills, and staying relevant in the nursing profession by keeping abreast of new trends and technologies in the 21st. century.
She also welcomed first-year students to the noble profession and advised them to be serious, attentive to detail, and to embrace the mentorship of their predecessors.
To the graduates, Professor Kwawukume congratulated them on their achievements; he pleaded with them to hone the skills learned in the classroom and build an exceptional work ethic.
He pleaded with graduating nurses to exercise care and empathy in their professional duties and to let the values instilled by the School be reflected in their actions and inactions.
He also encouraged graduates to strive for excellence and to be disciplined, analytical and learn to question received knowledge in a refined way.
The Family Health Medical School has since 2020 graduated two batches of medical students with Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB); the first batch of 30 students graduated in 2020, while the second batch of 54 graduated in 2021. All graduates have been duly inducted into the medical profession by the Medical and Dental Council.
Additionally, the school of nursing and midwifery has educated thousands of nurses since its inception in 2009.