UHAS Faculty Members Operate From ‘Bags’

PROF  FRED  BINKAThe University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Ho, will start its medical school next year if laboratories and facilities for anatomy and physiology are provided, Professor Fred Binka, Vice-Chancellor of the University said.

He said Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital  last year offered its laboratories to UHAS for teaching, but said it would not be able to do so this year because the facilities would be overstretched.

Prof Binka was speaking at a meeting with a delegation of the Volta Parliamentary Caucus, which was at the university to acquaint itself with its progress and challenges.

He said the UHAS had designed a three-storey laboratory complex estimated to cost GH¢30-million.
The school currently runs courses in Medicine, Public Health, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing and Basic Biomedical Sciences while Sports Medicine would be added later.

Prof Binka said the new university also needs a 500 capacity auditorium and had approached the Bank of Ghana, which had a facility worth GH¢24 million for the project, adding: “There is an urgent need for a big administration block for faculty members who currently operate from their “bags”.

He described the financial situation of the university as “critical”, and appealed to the Ghana Education Trust Fund to fund the projects on campus.

He said the university should be given priority attention in matters of funding as had been the approach towards consolidating new public universities.

Prof Binka disclosed that the university had increased its admission from a little over 100 students last year to 500 students this year.

Mr Joseph Amenowode, leader of the caucus said the university is like a baby which must be nurtured in its first five delicate years. “It is done elsewhere and must be done here,” he said. GNA

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