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Deputy Minister Tours UHAS Campus


The Hon. Minister in charge of Tertiary Education, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has toured the campuses of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), at Ho, in the Volta Region.

The tour was to enable the Ministry have a firsthand information on the progress of work being undertaking by the Government to complete and equip the University to increase in-take for the 2015/16 academic year.

In a meeting with staff members of the University, Mr. Ablakwa said President John Dramani Mahama would soon commission the work to enable the transferred of the University from the Ho Regional Hospital, which is a temporal accommodation, to its permanent campus.

He conveyed the Ministry’s appreciation to the staff for their hard work in ensuring that the dream of the late Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, former president was fulfilled.

He said the beginning of every project was difficult but, with the leadership of Prof. Fred Bimka, Vice Chancellor of UHAS, has come to be respected and accepted in the country and internationally.

He commended the University for championing the forum in sensitizing the people on the importance of the Ebola vaccine trial and for being selected as the center for the trial.

The University, he observed, was making way internationally because of its high level manpower, because of that, an international pharmaceutical company has identify them for the Ebola  vaccine trial.  Adding that academia was about research and international recognition.

Mr. Ablakwa noted that UHAS has served as a blueprint for the establishment of the Eastern Region University, which Bill has been approved by Parliament.

He described the staff as national award deserving staff who sacrificed their comfort zones to move and work for the establishment of the University.

Prof. Bimka expressed his gratitude to the Government and the Ministry and called for more support to make the university a high standing one.

He said the Chinese evaluation team has officially written for UHAS to take over the building at the permanent site.

The Deputy Minister and his team inspected the Incubator Laboratory Block, Life Skills facilities, an auditorium to house 350 students, and mortuary for anatomy research, which take 18 bodies.

Other places include the permanent site with an electronic library, lecture halls, a laboratory to host about 1,000 students with a sceptic cabinet and one for testing drugs to ensure their vitality, a Mass Spectrometer device and a Gas Chromatograph device among others.

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