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Ensign College of Public Health holds congregation

By
Kodjo Adams, GNA

Kpong (E/R), July 15,
GNA – Ensign College of Public Health at the weekend graduated 46 students in
Master of Public Health with a call on the students to impact positively with
the knowledge acquired to improve health care delivery.

The ceremony was the
second congregation since the establishment of the college after pursuing a
two-year Master of Public Health degree programme.

A speech read on
behalf of Mr Kwaku Agyemang Manu, Minister of Health commended the College for
complementing government’s efforts in training public health practitioners,
saying government would support institutions that promote community health and
the provision of medical care.

The Minister noted
that it was imperative to take care in planning and operationalising private
institutions so that resources invested would provide meaningful returns in a
form of enhanced scholarship and a contribution of competent professionals to
the workforce.

He said both
developing and developed countries were increasingly recognising that health
systems must be based on an effective foundation of public health to be
affordable, sustainable and effective.

Mr Manu commended the
College for making the institution the only specialised private tertiary
University dedicated to the advancement of public health practice in the
country and beyond.

He urged the graduates
to demonstrate good public health practices and work within the limits of their
competence and seek and consult with other colleagues to improve efficiency in
their field of work.

“You are to safeguard
and protect the health and wellbeing of people, with particular attention to
vulnerable groups within your community. You must ensure that standards of
practice justify the public’s interest in your work and in the wider public
health profession”, he added.

H urged the graduates
to be an instrument of change and engage members of community to promote
healthy lifestyles.

Professor Stephen C.
Alder, President of Ensign College of Public Health said the vision of the
College was to be a distinguished, standard-bearing institution for developing
public health leaders to engage communities to promote healthy lifestyles.

He said since the
establishment of the College, it had strived to make substantial contributions
to improving community health and well-being across the globe by developing
community-oriented public health professionals and advancing the science of
public health.

Prof Alder posited
that the College strived for excellence and innovation in education, research
and service guided by ethical principles in teaching, research and practice.

He said it was
incumbent on all stakeholders to develop strategies that would ensure that all
had access to the health resources needed to stay healthy and well and stop the
worldwide effects of diseases like malaria, HIV and AIDS, pneumonia and
tuberculosis.

Prof Alder urged the
graduates to see problems as opportunities and work hard to find solutions to
those challenges in the health care system.

Ms Sylvia Kesewa Ofori
emerged the overall best graduating student, while Mrs Josephine Amankwah won
the best project work on the topic “Mobile phone sexting and self-esteem among
Senior High School students in Tema Metropolis in Greater Accra District of
Ghana”.

Mr Kwame Asiemoah
Junior won the community service award.

Ms Ofori thanked
management of the College and all who helped for her achievement and pledged to
work assiduously to implement the skills and knowledge gained to influence
change in public health delivery.

GNA

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