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KNUST’s Prof. Ellis Owusu-Dabo alarmed at Ghana’s healthcare apathy

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The Principal Investigator of the Africa Higher Education Health Collaborative at KNUST, Prof. Ellis Owusu-Dabo, has raised concerns about the increasing apathy in Ghana’s healthcare sector.

This comes in the wake of a disturbing incident at Winneba Trauma Hospital, where a patient was reportedly abandoned in the bush at Gomoa Ojobi in the Central Region.

Speaking at the closing ceremony for sixty tutors from KNUST-affiliated Nursing and Midwifery Health Institutions who underwent training in health entrepreneurship, Prof. Owusu-Dabo emphasized the importance of compassion in healthcare. He highlighted the significance of upholding core values such as protecting and prolonging lives, as outlined in the Hippocratic oath.

The event, which was supported by the Mastercard Foundation and led by Prof. Wilberforce Owusu-Ansah, aimed to equip tutors with the skills to foster entrepreneurship in Nursing and Midwifery Institutions. The goal is to build resilient health ventures in Ghana and empower healthcare professionals to deliver quality care.

Special guest Prof. Kofi Poku reminded the participants of the significant impact they have on the lives they touch. He urged them to remain mindful of their work and strive to positively impact the lives of others.

Graduates of the training expressed optimism about the program’s impact, with many noting the transformation in their thinking. Justina Afriyie Gyamfi from SDA Nursing and Midwifery Training College mentioned becoming critical thinkers, while Boaz Ahulu from Akim Oda Community Health Training School learned to seize opportunities from challenging situations.

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