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KNUST College of Health Sciences endowment fund inaugurated to boost local health research

The College of Health Sciences at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has set up an endowment fund to boost local health research.

The provost of the College, Prof. Christian Agyare noted the fund will among other things help train health science students and equip the laboratories to investigate local diseases.

“Since I assumed office, the College has continued to engage in efforts aimed at improving the finances of the College. The CHS Endowment Fund is a response to a call by management for each College in the University to establish one. 

“The fund will promote the training of health professionals of high quality, to undertake health research, especially investigating local diseases, to provide scholarships for graduate and undergraduate training, and to procure essential equipment and tools for research related to graduate training for health professionals,” he said.

The occasion also saw the swearing-in of a thirteen-member advisory board for the Endowment Fund.

The members comprising alumni and other eminent professionals will advise, raise funds, and oversee the operations of the CHS Endowment Fund among others.

Former Director of the Ghana Law School, Maxwell Opoku Agyemang and the Special Advisor on Health, Office of the President, Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare will serve as Co-Chairmen.

The members of the Board are the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Centre for Health Development and Research, Dr Jemima Dennis-Antwi, CEO of MDS-Lancet, Dr. Paul Sekyere Nyantakyi, CEO of Ernest Chemist Ltd., Ernest Bediako Sampong, CEO of Entrance Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Samuel Amo Tobbin and CEO of Kinapharma Pharmaceutical Ltd., Kofi Nsiah-Poku.

Other members are the CEO of the National Health Insurance Authority, Dr. Bernard Okoe-Boye, CEO of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Opoku Ware Ampomah, CEO of Alisa Hotel, Dr. Kwame Ofosu Bamfo and CEO and Founder of Family Link Money Transfer Inc., Dr. Barima Kwabena Owusu Dapaah.

The Pro Vice-chancellor, Professor Ellis Owusu-Dabo expressed management’s gratitude to members for responding to the call of the University to serve on the board.

He was confident the board’s performance will exceed management’s expectation.

“There is no way the Fund will not thrive, considering your expertise and achievements. The core mandate of the University is to teach, conduct research, and render service to the community. In that light, all their actions should be guided by it, bearing in mind the vision of the University,” he said.

The former Director of the Ghana Law School, Maxwell Opoku Agyemang on behalf of members of the board thanked management of the University for giving them the opportunity to serve the University and pledged to fulfill their mandate.

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