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Regional News of Thursday, 31 May 2012

Source: GNA

Old boy of Bishop Herman College gives back to the Kpando community

Old students of Bishop Herman College in Kpando have undertaken a medical outreach programme as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the College.

Past students of the College who are health professionals, including medical doctors, pharmacists, lab technicians and nurses, screened over 600 people from Kpando and nearby communities.

Leader of the Medical Outreach Team and an old student, Prof Anyetei Larsey, said the common illness of the people screened during the exercise include hypertension and malaria among the young people, while the elderly complained mainly about arthritis.

Basic over the counter drugs were also dispensed where it was suitable while others were referred to the hospital.

The Medical Outreach was one of the Homecoming activities undertaken by the old students as they spend time with the current students during career counseling sessions.

They advised students on the subject choices required to pursue various careers.

Other events to mark the 60th Anniversary Homecoming included a National Congress which saw the re-election of the National President Edem Kpodo, who is also the Chairman of the Ghana Tourist Board.

There were fun games between the students and their predecessors, and a fund raising musical concert led by former student and hip-life artiste Edem. The Theatre Mirror group was also in Kpando to entertain the Old boys as well as the students and staff of the College.

Headmaster of the College, Rev. Father Walter Agbeto, described the three day programme as successful and commended the Old Students for their dedication and contribution towards the welfare of the school.

Other programmes lined up for the celebrations include an Anniversary Lecture on the 29th of June this year to be delivered by His Eminence Peter Cardinal Appiah Turkson, to be followed by a fundraising dinner dance on the 30th of June both in Accra.

The anniversary durbar will take place on the 28the of July in Kpando to be followed by a church service in August which will be led by Old Boys who are in the priesthood.

Bishop Herman College is one of the best second cycle institutions in Ghana. It was the first secondary school established by the Catholic Church in the Volta Region, on February 28, 1952.

The college was named after the famous Catholic Bishop of the then Lower Volta Vicariate of the Catholic Church, Bishop Auguste Herman, a Frenchman.

He was noted for not only planting the Catholic Church firmly in the Region but also opening schools alongside. His personal motto, Sicut Miles Christi (As a soldier of Christ) was also chosen as the motto of the school.**