He said that would provide the avenue for the students of the Yamfo College of Health (CoHY) to undertake clinical and other practical attachment training.
Mr. Opoku was addressing the maiden matriculation ceremony of the college held under the theme “Quality health training: a tool for a country’s health and well-being” at Yamfo in the Tano North District.
The college with a total student population of 247 was established by the Ministry of Health in November 2015, as a diploma-awarding institution, but now because of its affiliation to the University of Cape Coast (UCC), has been running four undergraduate programmes.
These are Bachelor of Science (BSc) Health Information Management, BSc Community Medicine and Health (Physician Assistantship), BSc Community Mental Health and BSc Community Health (Nutrition).
Mr. Opoku spoke of the correlation between the quality of health of the people and economic productivity and said that was why access to quality healthcare had been made a major priority on the government’s development agenda.
The establishment of the college, he indicated, was to facilitate the training of more health professionals to meet the nation’s health manpower needs.
He encouraged the students to work hard to achieve high level of academic performance to enhance the quality of service to patients.
He said value addition required the individual to be highly innovative and analytical and asked that they should be diligent and employ results-oriented approaches in their studies.
Mr. Kwame Saarah-Mensah, the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), advised the students to show dedication, commitment, passion for the job and compassion for patients.
This, he explained, would determine their success as individual health professionals.
Mr. Saarah-Mensah noted that there were many brilliant people in the society who had become non-achievers in their chosen fields of profession because they were not passionate, compassionate and industrious.
He therefore urged the students to strive to be hard working health professionals of high integrity.
Source: GNA/News Ghana