The University of Cape Coast School of Medical Sciences has graduated the third batch of Medical Doctors at the First Session of the 48th Congregation and Third Induction and Oath Swearing Ceremony during the weekend.
A total of 42 students graduated as medical doctors during the function.
Speaking at the function, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. D. D. Kuupole noted that the University was making frantic effort to increase the number of students admitted to the UCCSMS since the facilities at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital could not allow the School to do so.To help resolve this, he indicated that the University has received approval from the Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Health for the Effia Nkwanta Hospital at Sekondi to be used as a teaching hospital for UCC.
Prof. Kuupole noted that the College of Health and Allied Sciences is currently undergoing transformation with the alignment of some already established departments within the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences to the College and the creation of additional ones. In view of this, the Academic Board of the university has given approval for the establishment of the School of Allied Health Sciences within the College as well as the introduction of six new programmes. The Programmes are BSc. Physician Assistant, BSc. Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, BSc. Sports Science, BSc. Health Information Management. The rest are BSc. Diagnostic Medical Sonography and BSc. Diagnostic Imaging Technology. He further announced that the UCCSMS was in the process of setting up a Cardio-Intervention centre in Cape Coast.
Delivering a speech on behalf of the President of Ghana, Mr. John Mahama by the Minister of Education, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang stated that government was committed to finding lasting solutions to the numerous challenges that have bedeviled the health sector in the country. He lauded the effort of those who mooted the idea to set up UCC SMS and who through diverse ways have made the school one of the best in the country. He advised the newly qualified medical doctors to be resolute, dedicated, show love for their country and trust in God in their chosen profession.
Administering the oath to the graduates, the Chairman of the Medical and Dental Council, Dr. Eric Asamoah admonished them to learn from their consultants, seniors, nurses and patients. Stressing that “Listen to your patients, because you have read about their illnesses, medication, it is the smart doctor who listens to his or her patients”.
The Chairman of the Governing Council of the University, Nana Sam Brew Butler, noted that the event symbolizes that there was hope for the country in terms of continuity in the medical field. He urged the UCCSMS to continue to produce high caliber medical doctors for the nation.
Dr. Ayokunle Osonuga was adjudged the best graduating student and won 14 out of 23 prizes at stake.