A seven-member Board of Trustees of the Family Health Medical School has been sworn into office to manage its endowment fund to be officially launched this month.
It will provide financial support to ‘brilliant but needy’ Ghanaian students who have the desire to be trained as medical doctors.
The trustees are made up of Mr Alhassan Andani – Chairman (Chief Executive, Stanbic Bank); Dr Peter Yeboah – Member (Executive Director, CHAG); Rear Admiral Geoffrey Biekro (Rtd) – Member (Former Chief of Naval Staff); Dr Alex Aboagye – Member (Retired UN Civil Servant); Mrs Merene Benyah – Member (Legal Practitioner/Consultant).
Others are Rev. (Dr) Joyce Aryee – Member (Executive Director, Salt & Light Ministries); and Mr Kwaku Glymin – Member (Retired Public Servant). Ms Adjoa Adubea Koram (Assistant Registrar, FHMS) is the Trustees’ Secretary.
Members of the Board of Trustees were sworn into office by an Appeals Court judge, Justice Dotse Ofoe.
In a welcome address, the President of Family Health University College, Professor Enyonam Yao Kwawukume disclosed that, the selection of the Trustee members was based mainly on integrity because they would be managing the affairs of the fund.
He averred that the request for the fund would only be granted by the Trustees and not any other persons.
Prof. Kwawukume however, appealed to the general public to contribute towards the fund, so that the ‘brilliant but needy’ students who want to become future doctors to assist the nation can also achieve their dreams.
Disclosing the main motives behind the fund’s establishment, the registrar of Family Health Medical School, Mrs Rita Kaine explained that, the cost of training medical doctors was high and capital intensive, and that it reflects in the fee charged at the Family Health Medical School.
She said the fee had become prohibitive for many ‘brilliant but needy’ students to access such bold private initiative.
Again, some students enthusiastically enrolled on the programme, and were able to gather funds to pay off their fee for the first year, only to default in subsequent years, and eventually abandoned the programme.
She revealed that to mitigate this challenge, management in its bid to give back to society as part of its social responsibility, had waived off hostel accommodation fee for the affected students.
The school, she mentioned, was committed to securing scholarships for some students; solicited for sponsorship from certain individual philanthropists; and now established the Family Health Medical School Endowment Fund.
BY TIMES REPORTER