The Volta Regional House of Chiefs (VRHC) has lauded the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) for the numerous feats chalked in the ten years of its existence. During a brief visit by the revered rulers to UHAS on 10 June 2022, Togbe Tepre Hodo, President of VRHC, who led the delegation, said the Region is proud of its affiliation with the University and of its growth: “You have not disappointed us at all. You have lived up to expectations and we can only say a big thank you to all of you for what you have achieved in only ten years. That is a shocking, period.”
He called for the right support to help accelerate further growth of UHAS, adding that VRHC is ready to assist the University: “We are obsessed with your achievements and we want to explore ways and means by which the Region can recognize this outstanding feat.”
Osie Adza Terkpor, Paramount Chief of Avatime, appealed to the University to explore herbal medicinal development partnerships within the Region, which boasts of rich forests: “Volta is a unique region. The pharmaceutical industry thrives on herbs which abound in the Volta region.” He also asked the University to take advantage of the mountainous terrain and weather in Avatime to establish a sports college in his area.
Vice Chancellor Professor John O. Gyapong updated the delegation on the University’s recent achievements and further steps taken to expand its programmes. He said the growth of UHAS hinges on a very supportive and excellent team that has always been ready to help execute its mandate: “The University is in good hands and still rising.”
He told the delegation that the establishment of the Institute of Traditional and Alternate Medicine (ITAM) and the School of Sports and Exercise Medicine (SSEM) are avenues through which to explore the region’s medicinal and sporting capabilities respectively. The VC added that lack of infrastructure is a major drawback to the accelerated growth of the university affecting teaching and learning, students and faculty, and appealed for support. He also implored the traditional rulers to further encourage their constituents to take the COVID-19 vaccines as case numbers have begun to rise again.
Later, the VC and a few senior UHAS officials led the delegation to tour the ongoing China-aided expansion project Phase 2, which comprises construction of the main administrative block and the School of Nursing and Midwifery, as well as other infrastructural projects around Ho. The chiefs were duly impressed by the pace of work.