The Kintampo College of Health and Well-Being (CoHK) is in dire need of physical infrastructure, especially students residential accommodation to create congenial atmosphere for effective teaching and learning.
The situation requires government’s intervention to save the students from the exploitation of landlords and landladies who charge exorbitant rent advance. Mr Solomon Saka Allotey, the acting Principal made the appeal in a speech read on his behalf at the College’s 2017/2018 academic year matriculation ceremony at Kintampo in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
He said the College received 5,100 applications but due to limited facilities like inadequate lecture halls and comparatively small-sized ill-equipped skills and science laboratories among other physical infrastructural needs, only 1,058 qualified applicants comprising 624 males and 434 females could be admitted.
With the existing 1,919 students, the total student population of the College has increased 2,977. Mr Allotey cited that an uncompleted four-storey Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) hostel facility that was started by ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor but was abandoned before the end of his regime was still at the mercy of the weather.
“The Board and Management of GETFund must come to the aid of the College as a matter of urgency to salvage the situation to avoid the tax-payers’ money going into the drain”, he appealed. Mr Allotey announced to surmount the challenge of limited resources, the College introduced sandwich programmes for the award of Diploma in 2017 and would introduce degree awarding programmes on sandwich basis in 2018.
He reminded the matriculants of their primary aim to graduate as well-trained qualified health professionals from the College at the end of their respective programmes and therefore cautioned them to guard against engaging in social vices as they were inimical to both academic and professional excellence.
Mr Michael Sarkodie Baffoe, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Kintampo North expressed concern about the recent confrontations, accusations and counter-accusations, tensions and acrimonies between the leadership of the institution and wondered “if such an environment can train professionals to ensure complete mental, physical and social well-being of our people”.
He stated that Ghana was not yet out of the shackles of poverty, hence if those stalemates were allowed to pervert into institutions of higher learning, then the future was bleak for the country.
Mr Baffoe therefore appealed to the Management and staff to make amends to prevent any future occurrence of such impasse to put the name of the College on a high pedestal for onward progress of the Kintampo North Municipality and Ghana in general.
Established in 1969 as Rural Health Training School with two certificate programmes, the CoHK now runs 15 programmes consisting of Direct and Post Basic Diploma Courses, Bachelor of Science Courses, Masters in Clinical Psychiatry and Clinical Dermatology.
Those 15 programmes are grouped under six Departments of Community Medicine, Community Health, Health Information, Oral Health, Biomedical Science and Mental Health.