Togbe Afede XVI, the Agbogbomefia of the Asogli in Ho has charged fresh graduates from the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) to be critical thinkers and contribute positively to the country’s healthcare delivery system.
Addressing the University’s 7th Congregation on Saturday, Togbe Afede who was the Guest of Honour urged graduands to liberate their mind with the knowledge acquired in school, so as to contribute their quota towards the growth of the Country.
Sharing some nuggets on how to be successful in one’s chosen fields of endevour, the traditional ruler cum business tycoon entreated the young graduates to always work with a plan and ‘never sleep as if you were competing with the dead and expect it to make it in life’.
The ceremony, which was held at the UHAS main campus at Sokode Lokoe near Ho, saw some 826 students who completed various academic programmes at the University, including the first batch of the students from the School of Pharmacy, graduating with various degrees.
In recognition of the tremendous impact of UHAS since its inception in 2012, Togbe Afede donated an amount GHS 50,000.00 to the University’s endowment fund to support scholarly works.
According to him, “UHAS has become a shining star to the Asogli state and the region at large, as it is churning out more professionals into the healthcare delivery system.”
Vice Chancellor, Professor Lydia Aziato stated that the University continues to train highly professionally manpower for the health sector of the country, in spite of challenges.
She noted that the first batch of Doctor of Pharmacy students obtained a 100 percent pass in the Pharmacy Council Professional Qualification Examination and the third cohort of 72 Medical students presented for the final Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) part II also obtained a 100 percent pass.
In spite of these successes, the University was bedeviled with infrastructure challenges, which was affecting students’ intake, the Vice Chancellor stated, and called for government support to provide more infrastructure for the school.
She urged graduands not to see the graduation as the end of their academic and professional journey but rather a springboard to move into specialties and further studies.
“Endeavour to advance yourselves in your desired areas as you are well equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to excel in future,” Prof. Aziato advised.
Justice Victor Jones Mawulom Dotse, Chairman of the University Council, extolled the work of the University’s management, which he said, kept the institution on steady progress along with its mission and vision of providing higher education in health research dedicated to community service.
He said the focus on the nation’s research agenda also remained solid and appealed to the government to deliver the necessary budgetary allocations to the University to undertake more research works.
The 826 graduands includes 231 from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, 228 from the School of Allied Health Sciences and 167 from the Fred N. Binka School of Public Health.
The rest were School of Basic and Biomedical Sciences – 53, School of Medicine – 107 made up of 71 Medical doctors and 36 in Physician Assistantship (clinical), also graduating was the first cohort from the School of Pharmacy made up of 30 Students.
Special awards were presented to students who have distinguish themselves with Mr. Stephen Say from the School of Allied Health Sciences emerging the Overall Best Graduating Student.
The ceremony was graced by several dignitaries including Ms. Delese Mimi Darko, Chief Executive Officer of the Food and Drugs Authority, who was our Guest Speaker.