Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana has tipped the Family Health University College, the premier private Medical institution to become a giant in health training facilities.
He said trained professionals, coupled with their affiliation with the University of Ghana would provide them the needed leverage to achieve greater heights as a medical training institution.
Professor Owusu announced this during the second matriculation ceremony for 33 students of the school in Accra on Tuesday.
The matricul;ants; 19 males and 14 females were made up of regular Family Health Medical Students and the Graduate students from the same institution.
The Family Health University College started in a garage in 1997 as a diagnostic centre and was later moved to the Zoti road in a rented place in Larterbiokorshie.
It later moved to its current location in Teshie and has now gained the status of a university college.
Apart from the Medical school, the premier private school is also running a Nursing and Midwifery school, a 24-hour hospital and other professional courses for medical personnel.
Professor Owusu said as a budding medical school, there was the need for them to be abreast with current medical trends to train more students in Ghana and reduce the high cost of training parents endure for sending their wards outside for training.
He called on corporate bodies to support the FHUC to sponsor more Ghanaian students to be trained as medical professionals to reduce the doctor-patient ratio, which he said was nothing to write home about.
“The University of Ghana will continue to create good monitoring role to ensure that FHUC performs according to international standards to satisfy Ghanaians and beyond.”
Professor Enyonam Yao Kwawukume, President of the FHUC said the principal objective of the school was to make it the 21st Century world class Medical research, teaching and service delivery school in the country.
He appealed to the students to respect the rules and regulations of the Family Health University College by avoiding vices that could impede their progress.
“The medical profession is human centred and action-oriented. It requires an individual to have sympathy, empathy or compassion to be able to care for people in sickness and in health, which you will be expected to live up to.”