President John Dramani Mahama has commissioned the first privately established and owned medical school in Ghana. The private medical school named Family Health Medical School is located at Teshie in Accra.
Family Health Medical School was established by a team headed by Professor Kwawukume. The team had earlier on established a Hospital and then a Nursing School in Ghana.
The commissioning was done alongside an inaugural matriculation for the school’s first batch of 16 students to be trained as medical doctors.
The private medical school also made provision for update course for foreign trained doctors who would want to practice in Ghana.
Among other dignitaries present at the occasion where former presidents Jerry J Rawlings and John Kufuor. They joined the president and a host of others during the commissioning ceremony.
Speaking at the occasion, the president expressed immense joy and commendation over the recent developments that has led to the establishment of the private medical school. He also encouraged private individuals who would want to partner with the state in providing health care to Ghanaians, pointing out that government will continue to support such gestures.
It gives me immense joy to know that there are fellow Ghanaians who would go to any length to sacrifice their personal comfort to invest in such a bold initiative as the establishment of our first private medical school.
Professor Kwawukume and his team first established a Hospital, then a Nursing School which has trained so many nursing assistants. They have now committed their resources in establishing Ghana’s first Private Medical School,” Mahama said.
It is largely believed that this school will go a long way to reduce the congestion at the few public medical schools currently available in the country. This has since made it very difficult for students to gain admission but now, those who could not make it into the public medical schools may be accommodated by the private schools.
There is also no disputing of the fact that Ghana needs more of institutions such as this to help provide quality medical education to students studying medical courses in the country.