Ensign College of Public Health (ECOPH), a new private university college which focuses on post graduate public health education, has been formally inaugurated at Kpong in the Lower-Manya Krobo District.
At the time of its inauguration, the College had admitted the first batch of 24 students, to offer Master of Public Health (MPH) Programme.
ECOPH, owned by an American philanthropists, Mr and Mrs Robert Gay, has institutional and programme accreditation from the National Accreditation Board (NAB), and affiliated to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and in partnership with the University of Utah in the USA.
The first batch of students were taken through the Matriculation Oath by Professor William Otoo Ellis, Vice Chancellor of KNUST, who reminded them of the public health challenges in communities across the country, and the vision of the founders of the College, to train persons who would stay back to use their acquired knowledge to advance the cause of such communities.
Mrs Lynette Gay, co-founder and chairperson of the Board of Directors of the college said, she and the husband were touched by the healthcare needs of many children and women in communities they visited in parts of West Africa.
She said, they observed that, having the expertise and committed leadership was critical to addressing the healthcare needs of the people in West Africa, and so decided to set up the Ensign College with emphasis on public health.
Nene Sackite the Third, Konor of the Manya Krobo Traditional Area, thanked the couple for establishing the school at Kpong, and assured them of the support of the traditional council and the entire community, to ensure that their vision becomes a reality.
He expressed the hoped that the presence of the school would make a difference in the lives of the people, in the areas of health and economics.
Tobge Afedi, Paramount Chief of the Asogli State, and a member of the Board of Directors, said public health was a developmental issue that required the effort of all stakeholders interested in national development, whether public or private.
He described the couple’s vision and the confidence of setting up such a “magnificent edifice to train hands and brains in Africa for Africa’s development” as a humane intervention next to none.
He urged all stakeholders, including the State, to do all it takes to ensure that the vision of the founders is achieved.