Mr Alexander Segbefia, the Minister of Health, has urged Professor Ahmed Adu Oppong, the new Principal of the College of Health and Well-Being, Kintampo (CoHK) to ensure that the institution establishes an enviable medical school.
Mr Segbefia was speaking at the sixth congregation of the College on theme: “Health Graduate Training and Employment: The Way Forward for Ghana”.
Two thousand, one hundred and fifty-one graduates who successfully completed 12 different medical and health-related programmes in the 2012/2013, 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 academic years received advanced diplomas, diplomas and certificates.
Mr Segbefia said the College has attained various heights since its establishment in 1969 to train students who are playing very critical roles in the delivery of quality health services.
He commended the management, staff and advisory board of the College whose marvelous work had enhanced effective teaching and learning that had resulted to the training of quality middle level health professionals.
Mr Isaac M. Azindow, the out-going Principal of the College, said government is the major employer of the health workforce but there is the urgent need for the private sector to participate in creating employment in the health sector to ensure the increase of enrollment in health institutions.
Mr Azindow said the institution has had many successes over the years and announced that “the College is transitioning from a diploma awarding institution to undergraduate and graduate programmes in collaboration with the University of Cape Coast.
He said said the CoHK currently runs 14 clinical and public health programmes, including Community Medicine and Health, Clinical Psychiatry and Dermatology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Registered Dental Surgery Assistant, Community Oral Health and Medical Records Management.
Others are Nutrition, Communicable Disease Control and Surveillance, Health Promotion and Social Marketing, Health Information, Community Mental Health and Field Technician, he added.
Mr Azindow said he would retire from the College before the end of August 2016 and confirmed that Professor Oppong, currently the Dean of the University of Cape Coast Medical School, would be his successor.