Nana Osei Kyeretwie, GNA
Yamfo (B/A), Sept 12, GNA – The Yamfo Health
Centre is to be upgraded to a hospital, Mr. Eric Opoku, the Brong-Ahafo
Regional Minister, has announced.
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
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
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
He therefore urged the students to strive to
be hard working health professionals of high integrity.