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I Was Chased Out Of Legon Medical School 6 Months To Graduation – Dr Arthur Kennedy | Politics

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A United States-based Ghanaian practising medical doctor, Dr Arthur Kobina Kennedy has stated that although he is an alumnus of the University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS) he could not graduate from the school.

He said he was chased out 6 months before graduation and has carried the disappointment of not graduating from UGMS with him since then.

In an article on the 60th anniversary of the UGMS, the stalwart of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) said, “The University of Ghana Medical School is 60 and there is a lot of justified pride in its incredible journey.

“Before I reflect on the great institution, let me make a confession. While I am a proud alumnus of UGMS, I am not a graduate. I am a graduate of 4 Universities with Certificates from 2 others but not of UGMS. I was chased out 6 months before graduation and have carried the disappointment of not graduating from UGMS with me since then.

“I prefer reflections to celebrations because the latter tend to focus mostly on achievements. Reflections, in my view, are more complete.

“Surprisingly, I did not appreciate the exceptional quality of UGMS till I moved to North America. Here, I found that my training was considered superior to that obtained from most other parts of the world. On the wards and in the classrooms here, I met teachers who exalted in extracting from students the details that were the stuff of our journeys in virtually every department at Korle-bu. And they loved a student who could provide those.”

Below is his full article…

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The University of Ghana Medical School is 60 and there is a lot of justified pride in its incredible journey.

Before I reflect on the great institution, let me make a confession. While I am a proud alumnus of UGMS, I am not a graduate. I am a graduate of 4 Universities with Certificates from 2 others but not of UGMS. I was chased out 6 months before graduation and have carried the disappointment of not graduating from UGMS with me since then.

I prefer reflections to celebrations because the latter tend to focus mostly on achievements. Reflections, in my view, are more complete.

Surprisingly, I did not appreciate the exceptional quality of UGMS till I moved to North America. Here, I found that my training was considered superior to that obtained from most other parts of the world. On the wards and in the classrooms here, I met teachers who exalted in extracting from students the details that were the stuff of our journeys in virtually every department at Korle-bu. And they loved a student who could provide those.

At UGMS, I met a dizzying collection of teachers at every level. Indeed, after training in many hospitals and schools, it would be hard to identify a better collection of teachers than those I encountered at UGMS. And a few of these were classmates. However, the cake for the best one-hour lecture in my life would go to Prof. Nii Lomotey Engmann. It was 1982 and our courses had been packed into less time than normal when we returned from the Students Task Force. Of these, perhaps none had bewildered us more than Neuroanatomy. During our revision period, one morning, Professor Engmann walked in. He announced casually that he had heard of our struggles and proceeded to deliver a spellbinding review lecture that made all the weeks of mumbo-jumbo understandable.

Unfortunately, while our faculty got the academic excellence part right, the empathy and nurturing part fell a bit short. UGMS was hierarchical and our lecturers were seen an omnipotent Gods who could destroy a student’s career for any minor mistake. I remember that once, when a Professor announced that we should show up for lectures on Wednesday afternoons, I raised my hand and argued that we felt overwhelmed and needed our Wednesday afternoons to catch up. He seemed surprised and irritated by my push back and announced, ” You will show up!” Many of my friends, who agreed with me, warned me to stop speaking up and drawing unneeded attention from Professors! I also recall the day when a Professor told the class, “There are some of you, even when you are failing, we would pass you. There are others, even when you are passing, we would fail you”!

While there compassionate and relatable professors, a teacher should never tell a class that and such sentiments ensured that most of us were mostly on eggshells. Such incidents failed to model the habits of nurturing and empathy that are indispensable to the development of humane doctors. Hopefully, the passage of time has made such practices obsolete. But to the extent neccesary, we must protect students and make UGMS, in addition to the place of excellence that it is, a place the nurtures the spirit in addition to the mind.
Ironically, it was a few weeks after above incident that I had a conversation that profoundly changed my approach to medicine. I had gone to talk to Professor Andoh about a problem on behalf of my class when he asked me to take a seat. He said he was concerned about my generation’s training.

“We are training you to be medical technicians who can make diagnoses, write prescriptions and do surgery but you can’t connect with people”. When I asked why, he said he believed that before becoming doctors, people should be grounded in the great classics and languages. He explained that such training made future doctors more mature, compassionate and rounded in their outlook.

Another defect that I recall is our training in emergency care. I recall, as a junior clerk, having to resuscitate an unresponsive patient with a colleague of mine who shall remain anonymous. We lost the patient. Looking back, I am confident that if more experienced providers had been present, that patient might have lived. I bring this up because years later, a physician collapsed at Korle-bu and died. Hopefully, UGMS and Korle-bu can emplace an emergency treatment system worthy of our illustrious reputation.

Before getting to the theme for this celebration, let me circle back to my beginnings with UGMS. I missed my interview announcement because I didn’t have access to newspapers. Despite that and having no connections, I was admitted. That application of meritocracy, combined with its long affirmative policy towards women and underrepresented schools should make every Ghanaian proud of UGMS. Indeed, our founder President Nkrumah would be proud.

I notice that the theme of this celebration is the role of medical technology in improving the quality of medical education. It is a great theme. Since I spent 2 years teaching medicine at UCC, I have reflected a lot on our medical education. While it is a good thing that UGMS has classes about 5 times as large as when I was a student, the number of faculty, infrastructure and technology has not kept pace. At some point, I am concerned that this will begin to affect the quality of our graduates. This concern is shared by a lot of alumni and medical educators. Technology, as the President rightly pointed out, can make medical education more accessible to those who would otherwise be denied it. In addition, technologies can be deployed to augment our faculty by getting teachers/doctors in the dispora to teach our medical and postgraduate students, as well as participate in patient care.

Finally, we must work harder to engage our alumni. It would be great to have an Alumni-supported foundation with an endowment that would help improve the quality of our medical Education.

May UGMS grow from strength to strength and keep turning out graduates who, in addition to doing no harm, will make our nation healthy and proud.

Arthur Kobina Kennedy (March 27th, 2022)

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Kwabena Duffuor Rallies Ghanaians For NDC | Politics

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FORMER MINISTER of Finance, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, who has his eyes on the presidency, has asked Ghanaians to answer calls by his party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), to register and join the opposition party as active members towards its re-organisation for change in 2024.

According to him, they, as members of the party, know that most “Ghanaians are very sympathetic to our party, the NDC,” but pointed out that “the task of organising to win power and rescue Ghana from the torturing policies of the ruling NPP requires all sympathisers to register to become active members.”

In a statement issued yesterday, the NDC flagbearer hopeful said registering to become active members of the party is an opportunity for people to rise through the party’s ranks and get groomed for political leadership in the present-future.

“Active members also have a stake in the grassroots decision-making process of the party. Most importantly, you get to choose the leaders of the party at branch, constituency, regional and national levels,” he noted.

Dr. Duffuor, whose debut in the NDC presidential poll stoked hopes for his potential, said moreover that a registered, proud and official member of the NDC will have the right to submit policy proposals and ideas for appropriation of the party’s policy document, the manifesto.

He described the NDC as Ghana’s biggest and most progressive people-centered political party, saying, “To be the party’s ambassador and direct agent of the change we all desire, every member of the NDC joins at the branch level.”

“Your membership at the branch is a proud statement of your bold association with the NDC. Don’t remain a mere sympathiser. Become an active member,” he appealed.

Source: Daily Guide

 

 

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Remain United To Ensure Victory In 2024 – Dr Duffuor Urges NDC Members | Politics

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A leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr Kwabena Duffuor, has called on members of the party to remain united as the party begins its internal elections.

He said unity was crucial to the party winning the 2024 elections, hence the need for all members to commit to working for the good of the party.

Decorum

In an interview with the Daily Graphic, Dr Duffuor, a former Minister of Finance, also urged those seeking for various positions in the party to do so with decorum devoid of insults and attacks on opponents.

He called on those who might lose in the elections to support the winning candidates to ensure that the party went into the 2024 election in one piece, united in strength to deliver victory for the party.

While the party has fixed June 15 to the end of July this year for the branch elections, the ward elections will take place in August this year, with the constituency elections taking place in September 2022.

The party will hold its regional conference in October 2022 to elect its regional executive members, while that of national executive members will be held in November 2022.

As part of the regulations for the branch elections, nominations shall open upon an official publication or announcement by the general secretary seven clear days before the start of the election.

Critical process

Dr Duffuor said the processes leading to the internal elections were critical for the party to win the 2024 election.

He, therefore, stressed the need for cohesiveness and unity to help the party to recapture power.

He said Ghanaians were suffering and yearning for the NDC to save them from the bad economic policies of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.

Dr Duffuor, who is also a former Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), said an NDC government would bring back good governance policies, pro-poor policies to alleviate the difficulties of Ghanaians and also stabilise the economy for businesses to thrive.

 

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Samira Bawumia Receives Top Global Humanitarian Award In Atlanta, U.S.A. | Politics

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The Second Lady, Hajia Samira Bawumia, has been highly honoured with several accolades in the U.S. for her stellar interventions in maternal and child health, education and women empowerment.

She was the recipient of the Ghanaian Women Association of Georgia (GWAG) Global Humanitarian Award for her “outstanding and life-transforming contribution towards the empowerment of women and children, through initiatives that align with GWAG’s causes in healthcare and education”.

Mrs Bawumia was the Special Guest of Honour at the 7th Annual Maternity Fundraising Gala of GWAG held at the Atlanta City Hall, Georgia, where she picked up the award over the weekend.

Hajia Samira Bawumia gracefully received a specially-designed plaque at the programme attended by many dignitaries of the State of Atlanta and several Ghanaians.

Mrs Bawumia will be one of few remarkable Ghanaian achievers to receive the special award.

Her night of glory continued with another honour from the Atlanta City Council.

In a citation bearing the signatures of all members and the seal of the Atlanta City Council, she was singled out for “her tireless work on the many issues that impact families across the globe”.

It didn’t end there as the Macon-Bibb County recognised her tremendous efforts in various sectors.

Mayor of Macon-Bibb County, Georgia, Lester M. Miller, proclaimed and urged the county “to commend her in her efforts to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment.”

Adding her own applause was Senator Donzella James, a Member of the Georgia State Senate.

“Be it resolved that H.E Hajia Samira Bawumia is recognised and commended for her many wonderful accomplishments and extended sincere best wishes for continued health, happiness and prosperity,” she said in a written resolution bearing her signature and seal.

GWAG, a global organisation with membership spanning America, Europe, Africa and Asia, and headquartered in Atlanta, U.S., praised Mrs Bawumia for her “selfless sacrifice and devotion to humanity, as well as the remarkable substance and philanthropic spirit you bring to the Office of the Second Lady”.

GWAG crowned Mrs Samira Bawumia out of over 100 personalities from more than 10 countries for her “unwavering and life-saving support for the vulnerable and underprivileged, through various social interventions that transcend the shores of Ghana”.

Through the Samira Empowerment & Humanitarian Projects (SEHP), the Second Lady has transformed the lives of uncountable marginalised women and deprived children and boosted girl child education.

Her ‘Safe Delivery Project’ aims to distribute 100,000 well-resourced birth kits to expectant mothers in deprived communities across Ghana.

Over 6,000 birth kits have been distributed to mothers in deprived and difficult-to-reach communities so far.

SEHP has also resourced 38 health facilities across Ghana.

She has also established the SEHP Skills and Entrepreneurial Development Initiative (SEDI), aimed at improving the socio-economic well-being of women generally through training, provision of capital, start-up kits and the establishment of micro-enterprise schemes.

Over 3,600 rural and urban women have benefitted from various vocational and entrepreneurial skills-sets.

A further 1,200 women have had their capacities enhanced through the Shea Empowerment Initiative, a women’s economic empowerment and rural enterprise project aimed at training 1,600 women in quality shea nut (a major cash crop in Ghana) collection and processing, with access to a ready market for finished shea products.

As part of the initiative, Her Excellency has also constructed four modern, environmentally friendly shea processing factories in the Northern, North East, Upper West and Upper East Regions of Ghana, which will provide about 300 direct and 1,500 indirect employment.

Her Excellency is an advocate for the ‘Combined Maternal and Child Health Record Book Project’ – a Ghana Health Service initiative, with support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

She is also supporting the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on the ‘Nurturing Care Framework for Early Childhood Development’, a project focused primarily on childcare.

Mrs Bawumia is spearheading a Coalition of People against Sexual and Gender-based Violence and Harmful Practices (CoPASH) in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The mandate of CoPASH is to bring together agencies, organisations and individuals who are passionate about the rights of women and girls to advocate for better case management for victims of “Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Harmful Practices” (SGBVs/HPs).

Hajia Samira Bawumia is determined to make Ghana a literary powerhouse.

She has so far distributed about one hundred thousand 100,000 books to over 200,000 pupils in 60 basic schools across Ghana as part of her ‘Get Ghana Reading Campaign’.

She is also the Patron of the Samira Bawumia Literature Prize, a launchpad for aspiring Ghanaian writers to share their art with the world.

Mrs Bawumia is the Chief Trustee of the SEHP Educational Trust Fund, a fund set up to provide scholarships to brilliant but needy students in tertiary institutions.

In October 2017, She was appointed as a Global Ambassador for the Clean Cooking Alliance, a public-private partnership hosted by the United Nations Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment.

Hajia Samira Bawumia was named the first of seven global honourees by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), in partnership with Ashden.

She uses her influence to raise awareness on issues of clean cooking and advocates for the adoption of clean energy solutions on the global stage.

Hajia Samira Bawumia advocates clean cooking solutions at several international conferences and fora as part of her global mandate.

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