THE COLLEGE of Health, Kintampo (CoHK), has held a matriculation ceremony to officially induct 819 fresh students admitted into the college this year. Â
The 2011/2012 matriculation which took place at the college last Saturday, November 26, saw the highest intake of students in the history of the college made up of 371 females and 444 males to offer 13 different programmes for the award of a certificate, diploma or degree.
Fifty seven students were admitted to offer programmes in Disease Control, 36 for Medical Laboratory, 59 for Health Information, 107 for Post Basic Medical Assistant, 109 for Community Mental Health Officer and 123 for Field Technician.
The rest are: Medical Assistant Psychiatry-7, Direct Medical Assistant-57, Registered Dental Surgery Assistant-34, Nutrition-54, Health Promotion-58, Health Records-103 and 13 for the Community Oral Health Officer programme.
In a welcome address, the Director of the College, Dr Emmanuel Teye Adjase, said the school was established in 1969 as the only health institution to train middle-level personnel to deliver quality health services throughout Ghana.
Dr Adjase said the collegeâ€™s mission is to â€śeducate and train well motivated, knowledgeable and skilful health professionals who are capable of providing quality services to all people in all settings especially in remote and under-served communities.â€ť
The director mentioned that in the next few years the college envisions becoming a world class health university that responds to the health needs of Ghanaian communities.
As part of efforts to transform the college into a world class health university, he indicated that the institution is positioning itself to introduce other programmes that are of great relevance to the society in order to respond to the needs of Ghanaians.
Dr. Adjase therefore called on faculty members, students and all stakeholders to play a key role to help achieve the collegeâ€™s vision of becoming Africaâ€™s best health training institution.
He advised the students not to play tricks with their placement after training. He said graduates of the school are spread across the country and provide valuable services at all health centres in Ghana.
Guest of Honour, Prof Tsiri Agbenyega, who is Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the college and Provost of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), noted that the Kintampo College of Health is unique in Ghana as it provides a lot of Ghanaâ€™s manpower needs with regards to the health sector.
He assured the public that the collegeâ€™s proposed affiliation programme with the KNUST was at an advanced stage and was hopeful that by the middle of next year, a deal would have been brokered.
The Chairman for the event, Prof Tom Metcalf, a visiting professor in paediatrics from the University of Utah, USA, said he was very impressed with the quality of tuition given to students of the college.
He stated the college has not only been a good example in Ghana but to the US as well. He attributed the great successes of the college to effective directorship and commended Dr Adjase for his sterling leadership.
Deputy Director, Academic Affairs, Nii Armaah Ashitey swore in the students, while the matriculation pronouncement was done by the director.
There was an excellent display by the college cadet corp and other performances by the schoolâ€™s cultural troupe.
From Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Kintampo