Empower private medical schools to train doctors – Prof Kwawukume

The President of Family Health University College, Professor Yao Kwawukume, has urged government to empower private Medical schools to train more doctors locally, rather than sponsor them to be trained abroad.

According to him, this will help ease the cost burden on government, as well as ensure that doctors in Ghana are trained with an understanding of the country’s health needs.

Making a case for this assertion, he said although Family Health University College offered revision courses for foreign Trained Medical Doctors, they would want government to consider training more doctors home, rather than sending them abroad for training.


Prof. Kwawukume was speaking at a media interaction to introduce the school’s new graduate programmes to the public.

The National Accreditation Board recently authorized to the Family Health University College to run a Four (4) year Graduate Medical Programme.

The programme,  known as the ‘The Family Health Graduate Medical Programme (FGMP)’, will run parallel to the existing Family Health Medical School Programme which is affiliated to University of Ghana.

Professor Yao Kwawukume, who is also the former Chair of the West Africna College of Surgeons (WACS), said the four-year programme will be done in two phases of 18 months for the first part, and 30 months for the second part.

According to him, the school is poised to demystify the study of Medicine in the country, and for that reason uses an integrated modular system, on a semester basis as course credit system.

By: Kojo Agyeman/citifmonline.com/Ghana