UHAS new Pro-Vice Chancellor assumes duty

Professor Harry Kwami Tagbor, former Dean of School of Medicine, University of Health and Allied Science (UHAS) has assumed duty as the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the university.  

This took effect on August 1, 2021 and he becomes the fourth Pro-Vice Chancellor of UHAS.  

Subsequent to that, the Volta Chapter of his fellow Dzolalians (Old Students of Keta Secondary School), held a reception in his honour at Ho last Friday.  

Speaking at the reception, Professor Tagbor said that he envisions positioning UHAS to lead the advancement of human health through nurturing and promotion of its core values of excellence, integrity, innovation and service and care.  

He pledged that he would collaborate with all stakeholders, to enhance academic standards and the quality of teaching and learning in UHAS.  

Professor Tagbor studied at the Keta Secondary School (KETASCO) and Bishop Herman College, Kpando for his O’ and A’ level certificates respectively.  

He graduated from the School of Medical Sciences of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 1993 as a medical doctor and began his medical career in the Agogo Presbyterian Hospital in the Asante Akyem North district of the Ashanti region.  

Professor Tagbor later accepted reposting to the Nkoranza district of the Brong Ahafo, where he worked at the St Theresa’s Hospital from 1995 to 2006.

He dedicated himself fully to providing quality health service to all Ghanaians living in that district and beyond The Catholic Diocese of Sunyani in recognition of his dedicated service adjudged him the Best Diocesan Doctor in 1999.  

During this period while working as a full-time clinician in the hospital, he also doubled as the District Director of Health Services.  

He obtained a Doctorate in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK in 2005 through the Gates Malaria Partnership funded by the Gates Foundation.   

His academic career began when he joined the School of Medical Science of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology as a Lecturer in October 2006 and served KNUST in many ways at various points in time.  

He was the Head of Department of Community Health of the School of Medical Sciences from 2012 to 2014 and the Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the School of Public Health from 2014 to 2016.  

Whilst at KNUST, the seasoned doctor was appointed a clinical lecturer by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to co-ordinate a large clinical trial in West Africa.  

He is currently a Professor of Public Health.  

In addition to many laurels, Professor Tagbor, 57, has extensive experience in running multi-country research consortia and currently a member of many international research consortia.  

The married father of four is a member of the Ghana Medical Association and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors of Ghana.    

Speaking at the reception, Mr Benedictus Danu, chairman of the Volta Regional Chapter of Dzolalians described Professor Tagbor as an icon of human development and symbol of pride for all Dzolalians and KETASCO.  

FROM ALBERTO MARIO NORETTI, HO

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