Professor Fred Binka
Professor Fred Binka

The foundation vice chancellor of the University of health and allied science (UHAS) in the Volta region, Professor Fred Binka has noted that, the university is progressing steadily in delivering on its mandate of training world class health professionals to meet the country?s healthcare needs.

Professor Fred Binka
Professor Fred Binka

According to him, the university which is in its third year, has a seen a ?steady but huge increase in the number of applicants who wish pursue their dreams of becoming health professionals.?

?Last year we received 2011 applications for the 2014/2015 academic year and we were only able to offer places and enrolled 458 students. This year the total number of applicants have doubled. We had 4124 applications to which 829 have been enrolled?

Speaking at the fourth matriculation ceremony of 829 fresh students for the 2015/16 academic at the university?s newly completed permanent campus at Sokode-Lokoe in Ho, Prof. Binka also underscored the impact of the first public funded university in the region, is making on people across the a cross the region through its community service programme and assured the students of wholistic theoretical and practical training.

?We are really proud of our vocational training programmes.. This is a pillar of our community service pillar, through which we’ve successfully deployed close to over thousand students to work in the region this year. Bringing us closer to the people of the region and forging the necessary partnerships that we desire.?

?You will all experience the vocational training activity this academic year when you go to work in the districts in July of 2016. This will give you the opportunity to acquire the skills you need in your career development.?
He also touched on the support, the infant university is receiving from Municipal and district assemblies in the region,towards the provision of facilities at the various hospitals to aid the on the field training of students.

Prof. Fred Binka, further hinted of ongoing processes to introduce more programmes including post graduate Masters programmes to the existing fifteen undergraduate programmes being run in five schools, comprising School of Basic and Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Midwifery, School of Allied Health Sciences and school of Public Health.

Established by an Act of Parliament, Act 828 in December 2011, the University which currently operates from campuses in Ho and Hohoe, will comprise eight schools and three institutes dedicated to health-related issues.

Lambert Atsivor Kofi

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