Legon Vice Chancellor laments poor Doctor/Patient ratio

General News of Wednesday, 22 February 2017



Legon Viceplay videoVice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu has charged government to increase the number of trained doctors in the country.

Prof Ebenezer Oduro Owusu was speaking during the matriculation ceremony of 33 students at the Family Health University College, Teshie and explained that the present doctor/patient ratio is more than twice the World Health Organisation recommended number.

“We still have one doctor taking care of 10,450 patients instead of at most 5,000 patients as recommended by the Commonwealth or one doctor to 1,320 as recommended by the World Health Organisation”.

The Vice Chancellor also stated that Ghana needs innovative individuals with ideas to be able develop the country, saying the private sector as the engine of growth, requires urgent government support to grow the economy and develop the nation.

Prof Ebenezer Oduro Owusu revealed that the school has been accredited to run a 4-year graduate entry medical programme, saying it makes it possible for students who couldn’t make it to the medical university in the college to enroll and pursue their dreams.

“The good news is that, this university shares the same premises with the Family Health Teaching Hospital. … I am told that the students have direct access to the cadavers lodge, and are introduced to real cadavers early enough to enable them have good exposure to the human anatomy”, he stated.

Prof Ebenezer Owusu charged the students to be all round and develop their academic and non-academic abilities to enable them achieve their desired goals in life.

The Family Health University College located directly opposite the Kofi Annan Peace Keeping Training Centre, Teshie, started at the 51 Guggisberg Street, Korle Bu, Korle Gonno, Mamprobi in the year 1997 as a Diagnostic Centre and boasts of modern facilities, spacious laboratories and lecture halls.