The University for Development Studies (UDS)
continues to train medical Doctors to fix the
deficit in Doctor-patient radio recorded in the
nation’s health facilities.
The UDS School of Medicine and Health
Sciences has so far trained 186 qualified
Doctors serving in all health facilities across
Some of them are District Superintendents of
Health at major health referral centres
alongside their clinical services.
On the occasion of the third graduation
ceremony held at the UDS central auditorium
at the Tamale City campus, 33 Doctors
In his welcome address, the UDS Vice
Chancellor, Professor Haruna Yakubu advised
the graduands to live exemplary lifestyles by
exhibiting the highest standard of discipline at
their work places.
“Bear in mind that the reward of your hard
work is more work and I trust that you are up
to the task in view of the special training the
university has given you: accordingly, I entreat
you not to rest on your oars but rather you
must aim higher.”
“I advise you to comport yourselves as worthy
products of the UDS and I urge you all
students graduating today to keep and
practice that high level of discipline that has
been instilled in you by the UDS,” Professor
Professor Haruna Yakubu implored the
Ministry of Health to engage the services of its
products in rural communities.
He said despite infrastructural and teaching
staff challenges, the university admitted 122
out of 1,582 applicants into the School of
Medicine and Health Sciences for the
2014-2015 academic season.
Professor Haruna revealed that the UDS
signed a Memorandum of Understanding with
the Galilee International Management Institute
in Israel under which an international medical
training was launched in December 2014 to be
hosted by the UDS.
According to him, the programme entailed
offering a joint medical programme for both
local and international students.
“The training of these Doctors will be done at
the two sites: at UDS Medical School and
other medical schools outside Ghana: it was
designed and aimed at training medical
Doctors to serve the needs of Ghana, Africa
and indeed the international community.”
Professor Haruna reiterated his
administration’s commitment to vigorously
pursue courses on Africa leadership, research
activities as well as culture and development.
He commended management, teaching and
non-teaching staff of the UDS for their
immeasurable contribution to the
achievements made so far.
Professor Haruna commended government and
its development partners for both completed
and ongoing projects at the various satellite
He singularly mentioned the construction of a
2000 capacity auditorium sponsored by
President John Dramani Mahama.
He also cited the construction of 800 capacity
students hostel funded by the Ghana
Universities Staff Superannuation Scheme
(GUSS), an anatomy block funded by the
GETfund, an ICT block funded by the Ministry
of Communication and the construction of a
four storey block for use as lecture halls and
staff offices funded by the Bank of Ghana at
the cost of GHC5, 000.000.00.
Chairman of the UDS Governing Board, Dr.
Salifu Abdulai bemoaned the inferno which
ravaged the Tema central medical stores.
He admonished the national security
apparatus to intensify their surveillance
network to prevent such future disasters.
To the graduands, Dr. Salifu encouraged them
to exhibit the knowledge gained for service
value by accepting postings to rural
Dr. Salifu passionately appealed to
government to place premium on the UDS
School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Of particular mentioned was the Scholarship
Secretariat which he asked to pay special
attention to students of the UDS School of
Medicine and Health Sciences.
Some of the graduands in a Citi News
interview welcomed the challenge to accept
postings to rural communities.
They promised to operate in line with best
international practices to save more lives.
Awards were given to deserving awardees but
Edwin Sanwie was adjudged the overall best