Ho, Nov. 16, GNA – Vice President Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur on Friday outdoored the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) at Ho, the capital of the Volta Region.
He also unveiled a plaque to mark the event.
One hundred and fifty students have been admitted into the university which opened last September.
The university with campuses at Ho-Sokode, Sodome and Hohoe is mandated to train health and allied healthcare professionals to deliver health related services throughout Ghana, particularly in rural communities.
It is also to provide higher education in health services through teaching, research and outreach programmes and provide solutions to communities and environmental health problems.
The late President, Professor John Evans Atta Mills, cut the sod for the construction of the university last year and charged a planning committee to ensure that the institution took off last September.
The establishment of the university with its twin sister, the University of Natural Resources in the Brong Ahafo Region which would be inaugurated on Saturday, November 17, 2012 in the Brong Ahafo Region, is in fulfilment of a campaign promise by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) under the leadership of Professor J.E.A. Mills in 2008.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur underscored the crucial role of good health in national development.
He gave the assurance that government would continue to do what was necessary to ensure that tertiary education was strengthened to produce the required professionals in all sectors.
“Government is committed to ensuring that the university will receive a fair share of the public sector support that will be provided all public universities to enhance learning, teaching and research activities.
“In pursuit of these commitments, the development of the permanent site for the university at Sokode-Lokoe will commence soon. In the first phase lecture theatres and offices, students' hotel facilities and residential accommodation for staff will be constructed,” Vice President Amissah-Arthur said.
He prayed that the university imbued its students with the necessary discipline to enable them to serve the nation to the best of their abilities.
The UHAS has Professor Fred Binka as Vice Chancellor and Professor Kofi Anyidoho as the Chairman of the Governing Interim Council.
Professor Samuel Kofi Sefa-Dedeh was the Chairman of the Planning Committee, and Dr Christine Amoako-Nuama, the Chairman of the Implementation Committee.