Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, has applauded the management of University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) for delivering on its mandate. The President was addressing a grand durbar, 15 July 2022 on the UHAS Main Campus, as part of activities commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the University.
The President said UHAS is aggressively pursuing the realization of its vision of becoming the nation’s distinguished health learning and teaching institution dedicated to research and community service, evidenced by the great strides UHAS has accomplished in health and research. He noted that this has culminated in UHAS being recognized among top universities in Ghana and beyond, saying, “UHAS being named as number one in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2022 in the SDG3 category is a great achievement and needs to be commended.”
The President said, “The university requires additional infrastructural projects to effectively deliver on its mandate,” and pledged the government’s continuous support in the areas of infrastructural development.
Vice Chancellor Professor John Gyapong, in his presentation entitled “The 10-year Journey” noted the transformation that has taken place in the decade of the University’s existence in terms of infrastructure, faculty, staff, logistics and student population, proudly describing UHAS as “a diamond in the rough at birth.” He also acknowledged that “the hard work of everyone associated with UHAS has contributed to this great and positive result,” and commended the hard work and sacrifices of teaching and non-teaching staff alike.
The Vice Chancellor noted that from its humble and small beginning, the University has through the years attained great heights and made UHAS a household name for every young SHS candidate, as the preferred choice for quality health care training. He said UHAS has become a brand worthy of being associated with. He also paid tribute to the Founders for the great work done during the early days of the University, which has made it possible for UHAS to be among the very best in the country and the world at large.
Foundation Vice Chancellor, Professor Fred Binka; Foundation Chairman of University Council, Professor Kofi Anyidoho; Ho Central MP, Hon. Benjamin Komla Kpodo; and Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Adutwum, all read solidarity messages. Representatives from the Volta Region House of Chiefs, Ho Teaching Hospital, Volta Regional Co-ordinating Council, Vice Chancellors Ghana, Ghana Health Service, Ghana Tertiary Education Commission, and Ho Technical University also read their messages.
Following the ceremony, the President was assisted by Togbe Fia Kwaku IV, Paramount Chief of Sokode Traditional Area, and the Vice Chancellor to cut tape for the commissioning of the Sokode Hall of Residence for students. The President also inspected work on the 60-million-dollar China-aided Expansion Project, Phase II, which will house the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the UHAS Central Administration.