President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Friday urged the University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS) to take advantage of available technology to increase access to medical education in the country.
He said technology offered better ways to educate medical students and all other students across the country, and it was time to keep pace with technological change to prepare healthcare workers to deliver the digital future.
“Virtual reality, in addition to other digital transformation products, provides space for the innovative ideas that we need to embrace in the training of our medical students.
“It’s time to deliberate on how best to use technology to reach students across the country so that we don’t have to bring them all to Accra or the few medical schools we have in the country to impact on their knowledge,” he said at the UGMS 60th anniversary conference in Legon, near Accra.
The theme of the conference was: “Building on 60 Years of Quality Medical Education: The Role of Technology”.
The President noted that virtual reality was becoming increasingly popular in the training of healthcare professionals, as it enabled the education, evaluation, standardization and knowledge sharing of healthcare professionals for better infrastructure. health care.
“Adoption of these technologies will require a fundamental overhaul of the way we deliver medical education…We need to rethink the medical education curriculum in light of the digital revolution.”
“I therefore encourage the Ministries of Education and Health to work together to leverage technology to increase access for the many students who have until now been denied the opportunity to follow their passion to study medicine due to insufficient facilities and faculty”.
President Akufo-Addo also called on doctors to agree to be posted to districts and regions to address the challenge of the ratio of doctor to dentist to population and to ensure universal healthcare for Ghanaians.
He described as unsatisfactory the current situation where the country does not have the right number of doctors, dentists and health professionals with the right mix of skills and expertise in disadvantaged regions, districts and communities. .
Thus, doctors in Ghana should follow the example of their ancestors such as Drs Charles Odamtten Easmon and Dr Evans Anfom among others who accepted postings in all parts of the country to offer their services to the destitute.
“They did this because they believed the hypocratic oath they took imposed on them a duty to offer their services, especially to those most in need… It is their work that has helped build our healthcare system national from which we all benefit.
“I therefore appeal to you as passionately as possible to accept positions in accredited regional and district hospitals where your services are most needed,” he said.
Dr. Anarfi Asamoa-Baah, coordinator of the national COVID-19 task force, who delivered the anniversary lecture, stressed that medical education must keep pace with technology.
He said that while it was difficult to predict the future, technology would nevertheless have a significant impact on improving the efficiency and accuracy of healthcare, and urged UGMS to “reboot and revitalize “medical education by adopting technology that would improve the training of doctors. .