Thank you Mr Speaker, for giving
me the opportunity to congratulate the Kintampo College of Health and Well- being on the occasion of the prestigious Gold Award bestowed on the College by the Beatton Magazine published by a Spanish Communication Organisation called Imagen Arte Imparpress.
The award known as The International Star for Leadership in Quality (Gold Category) was received in Paris on July 1, 2013 in the presence of Diplomatic representatives, communication and the media. The award serves to promote local, national and international leaders in recognition of their growth, innovation, technological development and leadership in quality and excellence.
Mr Speaker, it is gratifying to note that many countries competed for the award and if by dint of hardwork and dedication, an institution located in Kintampo has won the Gold Category, it is an honour, not only to the College in Kintampo but to the whole nation.
Mr Speaker, the College of Health, which began as the Rural Health Training School, was fully established in 1969 by the Ministry of Health, with the mandate to turn out quality multi-purpose health- care throughout the country. So far, this institution which serves the whole of West Africa, is the only school of its kind in the country and in West Africa.
The motto of the school, “Educating for Service” is a true reflection of its guiding principle of producing human resource capable of providing health services that is simple in operation, extensive in scope, economic in cost and yet efficient in quality.
Since its inception, the school has lived with this principle and turned out hundreds of physician assistants (medical and dental), community nutritionists,
disease- control officers, field technicians, medical laboratory technologists, registered dental surgery assistants, mental health and clinical psychiatry who have strived to make immense contributions to the reduction of disability and suffering, morbidity and mortality, particularly among marginalised population groups in Ghana.
Mr Speaker, the secret of the success of the school finds expression in the following;-
The ubiquity of its products. products of the college are located everywhere in the country
Gradual increase in programmes offered from 1 in 1969 to 20 currently
The availability of dedicated teaching and non-teaching staff
Annual increase in student population from 16 in 1969 to about 1,800 currently
Judicious use of limited internal generated funds to expand infrastructure and other facilities such as office accommodation, conference hall, guest houses, library and psycho-social centre
Acquisition of 3,000 acres of land towards the attainment of university status, re-structuring into faculties, departments and schools
Expansion of ICT facilities and collaboration with external universities and organisations
Mr Speaker, despite these strengths, the school has some challenges that negate its efforts.
The challenges include inadequate staff and hostel accommodation, inadequate classrooms, lack of auditorium, inadequate teaching and non-teaching staff, inadequate institutional funding, inadequate transport and encroachment on the College's land.
Mr Speaker, in order for the college to achieve its mission to educate and train well-motivated, knowledgeable and skillful health professionals who are capable of providing quality services to all people in all settings, especially in remote and under-served communities, the Government must address the challenges enumerated. The completion of the hostel accommodation, which was halted, should engage the attention of Government.
Finally, Government should translate its intention to turning the school into a university a reality, and this should be in consonance with its vision of becoming a world class health university that responds to the health needs of communities.
In conclusion, Mr Speaker, I would once again congratulate the hardworking Dr. E. T. Adjase, the Director of the College of Health and Well-being, and his staff on their splendid performance and urge them not to rest on their oars.
This achievement should galvanise them to work harder to continue to enhance the pedigree of the College in particular and Ghana in general. They should be well-motivated to enable them improve upon their performance for other institutions to emulate.
Thank you Mr Speaker, for the opportunity.