The maiden edition of the Health Leadership and Innovation Symposium was held in Accra on Wednesday in honour of Dr Moses Erasmus Komla Adibo, who retired as the Vice-President of the Division of Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, for his contributions to the growth of the health sector.
The event was held on the theme “The Power of Good Leadership and Health Sector Development.”
It was attended by health practitioners and students from across the country and discussed ways the health sector could be developed through good leadership.
Professor Jacob Plange-Rhule, Rector of the College of Physicians and Surgeons paid glowing tribute to Dr Adibo, saying he deserved to be celebrated for his enormous contributions and achievements in the medical sector through his steady leadership.
He urged the Faculty of Public Health, organisers of the event to continue to honour health practitioners for their achievements and contributions to the health sector.
On leadership and health development, Prof. Irene Agyepong, a public health physician, noted that back in 2015 she conducted a research study by interviewing key figures in the health sector on how to improve their leadership.
“From findings most of the figures, which included present and past directors from the Ghana Health Service (GES), the Ministry of Health (MoH) and other health related institutions, stated that it was the responsibility for leaders in the sector to possess good mentoring and coaching skills,” she stated.
Professor Agyepong advised the younger generation to emulate the skills and acts of Dr Adibo in order to advance the health sector.
Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Minister of Health, said good leadership should be a requirement for the growth of the health sector and that could be achieved through the training and development of the human resource.
He added that Dr Adibo was an exceptional leader and the new generation of physicians and surgeons as well as the general public should try to take after him.
Dr Adibo was later presented with an award for his dedicated service, commitment and accomplishments in the health sector.
In response, Dr Adibo expressed gratitude to the organisers for the honour done him and hoped that events of similar nature would be organised in the future to recognise the numerous health professionals who had contributed immensely to the health sector.
BY FREDERICK GADESE-MENSAH