UHAS Campuses Hold Anniversary Floats: Both UHAS campuses (Ho and Hohoe) staged floats at the same time to kick off the university’s 10th-anniversary celebrations.
The purpose of the float, which was paraded around several of Ho and Hohoe’s main streets, was to raise public knowledge of the event and distribute University fliers.
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Professor Harry K. Tagbor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of UHAS, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the university has trained doctors, nurses, midwives, public health officers, nutritionists, disease control officers, and health information officers over the last ten years as part of its mandate to train the country’s health workforce.
He said the university has accomplished a lot in terms of health manpower development, and “it is for this that we believe we have done so well and to look back at what we have done and to project what we think we can achieve for the future.”
Prof Tagbor stated that they would work hard to make UHAS the first choice for anyone interested in pursuing any health-related program, as well as to make UHAS an influential place where the products would be heading divisions in the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service, and to expand UHAS’ reach nationwide over the next decade.
Professor Paul Amuna, Dean of the School of Public Health, said the University had worked with the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service, and that students and graduates of UHAS could be found in every Health Directorate across the country, making a significant contribution to the health system.
He said that parents’ trust in the University, as seen by their sending their children to get training, had aided in the success of UHAS, and that they would continue to communicate to parents, engage communities, and educate schools about the University and what they were doing.
Prof Amuna praised the University’s ranking as Ghana’s third-best university, 41st in Africa, and among the world’s top 2,000 universities, saying, “That informs you about the effect we are creating.”
The “Role of Specialized Universities in National Development” celebration is set to take place in July of this year.
As part of the centennial celebrations, the University will commission the Professor Kofi Anyidoho Auditorium, engage senior high schools in STEM activities, conduct health screenings, blood donation exercises, sports activities, and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Outdooring of the University’s laboratory complex, which will be the largest and most specialized in West Africa, commissioning of the University student hostels and Basic School, special anniversary congregation to graduate the first group of pharmacy doctors, and awarding of honorary degrees are among the other activities.
The University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho (UHAS) was created by an Act of Parliament (Act 828 in December 2011) with the goal of being a leading research-oriented health educational institution committed to community service, with the main campus in Ho and the second campus in Hohoe.
It opened its doors in September 2012 with 157 pupils and now has a student population of 7,678 and a staff of over 900 teachers and administrators.
UHAS is the first public university in Ghana’s Volta Region, and it is now the country’s sole state institution dedicated to the training of healthcare professionals.
The University currently offers 24 undergraduate programs through six schools and two institutes: the School of Allied Health Sciences, the School of Basic and Biomedical Sciences, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing and Midwifery, the School of Public Health, the School of Pharmacy, and the Institutes of Health Research and Traditional and Alternative Medicine.
The School of Public Health is housed on the Hohoe Campus, with the old Onchocerciasis Chemotherapy Research Centre (OCRC) and Hohoe Municipal Hospital serving as incubation facilities.