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General News of Saturday, 6 August 2011

Source: GNA

Government committed to improving educational infrastructure

Kumasi, Aug. 6, GNA - Vice President John Dramani Mahama, on Saturday assured Ghanaians of government's conscious efforts towards improving educational infrastructure at all levels.

He said this was necessary to foster effective academic work and boost human resource development for sustainable economic growth. The Vice President was speaking at the 18th Oath Swearing and Induction ceremony of the School of Medical Sciences of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi.

He observed that in the face of the abundant resources in the country there was the need to invest in the training of the citizenry in all fields to acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and expertise for effective utilization and management of those resources. In all, 92 newly-graduate doctors were inducted after six years of academic work, bringing to 1,600 the number of doctors so far trained by th= e School since its establishment some 36 years ago. Vice President Mahama indicated that Science and Technology education ought to be taken seriously by stakeholders, particularly in developing countries.

He explained that those areas crucial to the country's efforts to achieve a breakthrough in socio-economic development and technological advancement. The Vice President asked the newly-sworn in doctors to uphold the Hippocratic Oath in discharge of their work and cautioned them that 93Your actions and inactions could either save or destroy life and as such you should be selfless in your duties." He advised them to respect patients and work as a team to enable them save lives and enhance the health of the people. Vice President Mahama appealed to the doctors to accept postings to remote parts of the country since their services would be needed by Ghanaians. Professor William Otoo Ellis, the Vice-Chancellor of KNUST, commended the doctors for bracing challenges to become doctors and asked them to disciplined and work hard to justify the huge investment that was made in their training.