UDS To Roll Out Parallel Window To Train More Medical Doctors

| Updated Oct 18, 2017 at 7:23am


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The role of medical doctors in the country’s socio-economic development cannot be grossed over. However, the acute shortage of doctors and other health professionals coupled with high population growth calls for dire need to increase the number of doctors in the system to meet the health needs of the citizenry.

Over the years government and other medical schools of some premiere universities in the country have responded positively on the need to produce doctors and latest to join the spotlight is the Universities for Development Studies, UDS.

The University has rolled out a parallel window to increase the intake of more students to pursue medicine.

This, initiative, which will be rolled out in January 2018 is aimed at training more medical doctors to help improve healthcare delivery in the country particularly the rural areas.

The Dean of Student Affairs of the University for Development Studies, Prof. Israel Kwame Dzormeku made this disclosure during an oath swearing and induction ceremony of students into the university to pursue varied degrees of programs offered by the institution in Navrongo, in the Kassena-Nakana East of the Upper East region. The 25th matriculation ceremony for 2017/2018 academic year saw 7,971 undergraduate admissions with 4,709 males and 3,263 females to pursue different programs.

Addressing the students, Prof. Dzormeku indicated that all the students admitted were by merits considering various strict guides and measures that were used in the admission process and the number of places in the university.

He said the need for the university to increase student’s intake to pursue medicine has become necessary following the urgent calls and need to complement the growing population in the country and also the need to give back to communities.

Prof. Dzormeku indicated that there is a sharp increase in demand for medicine adding that the number of applicants who were shortlisted for admission to do medicine was 722 however the university could admit only 100 students.

This, he indicated, was not too good as an institution that was poised to produce more doctors.

The Dean of Student Affairs stressed the scanty number of doctors in the various hospitals and health centers across the country and said in order to increase access to medical doctors, the university developed an alternative program to the numbers.

This, program will be rolled out January 2018.

Prof. Dzormeku reminded the students that their admissions to the university marked the beginning of a new life and urge them to widen their academic horizon by learning new concepts in their respective disciplines as well as stay away from students’ unrest.

The University for Development Studies is on the verge of introducing new academic faculty and programs.

This, Prof. Dzormeku indicated has been recommended and approved by the Academic Program’s Committee and Academic Board for implementation in the 2018/2019 academic year.

They include Geosciences, dental surgery, health education and promotion, medical records and health information system, medical imaging technology and certificate in law among others.

He said the university shall continue to mount programs that are relevant to Ghana’s development aspirations and to the enhancement of the quality of life of communities.

As part of the induction ceremony, the university launched its 25th Anniversary celebrations.

2017 commemorates 25 years of promoting equitable and socio economic transformation of communities through practical oriented, community based, problem solving, interactive research and teaching and learning.

The Dean of Student Affairs, Prof. Israel Dzormeku who officially launched 25th Anniversary Celebration said the university is considering using the 25 years to assess the impact of community development through higher education on national development.

He said there is no doubt that UDS poised for the challenges ahead and committed to continue to position itself as a national asset in the facilitation of lifelong learning in order to advance community and national development.

The Year- long Silver Jubilee Celebrations is under the theme “UDS at 25: Impact on National Development through Practical Higher Education”.