Health Information Technology for Africa (HITA), a German-based Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), has donated an ultra-modern electronic and Mobile Learning Centre to the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, in the Volta Region of Ghana.  


The Centre, consisting of forty (40) computers, fully connected to a high speed internet facility, and estimated at four hundred and fifty thousand Euros (€ 450,000.00) is located at the premises of the Volta Regional Hospital.


Giving an overview of the project at the inaugural ceremony, last week, Dr Robert Kaba Alhassan, Head of the Public Health Department of the University and co-ordinator of the project, indicated that it would drastically improve internet connectivity on campus.


Dr Alhassan disclosed that the school would soon open e-learning centres where students could interact with their lecturers and take mid-semester examinations online, across its satellite campuses, with the facility playing  a key role in  that agenda.


Addressing the gathering, Mr Thomas Erkert, Representative of the NGO, indicated that HITA’s focus would be on Information Technology in Health Care & Training.


Mr Erkert said, aside the e-learning platform, HITA was providing the school with a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) and a Local Area Network (LAN) at its main campus, and a wireless network at the Dave campus.


This, he said, would also benefit the lecturers in their research activities. 


He disclosed that a sophisticated medical equipment would be donated to the following health facilities in the region as part of the collaboration: Akpokofe CHPS compound – Agotime Akpokope, Dzolo-Gbogame Health Centre – Dzolo, Hasu Community Polyclinic at Adaklu – Helekpe, Kpetoe Health/Mental Health Centre – AgotimeKpetoe and the Volta Regional Hospital.


He indicated that the University’s School of Nursing, Ghana Health Service and an NGO by name Chances Foundation had played key roles in making the project a reality.


In her address, Professor Prudence Mwini-Nyaledzigbor, Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery (SONAM), said the project was the result of a close partnership between the University and HITA.


Professor Mwini-Nyaledzigbor paid tribute to all, especially those stakeholders who made the collaboration a success.


The Director in charge of Academics, UHAS, Mrs Lucy Aryee, who represented the Registrar, made it known to participants that a similar facility would be provided at the Hohoe campus of the university next week, adding that the facility was not for the benefit of the university alone, but would also be at the disposal of health centres which collaborated with the school in their academic activities.


In his closing remarks, Prof. John Gyapong, Vice Chancellor of UHAS, and Chairman for the occasion, urged citizens to rekindle the spirit of giving and volunteerism as exhibited by HITA.


This, Prof. Gyapong said, was because institutions could only develop through effective collaborations of this kind.


All the speakers reiterated the need for the proper maintenance of the facility so as to help outlive its purpose.


The program was also attended by Mr Emmanuel Chance, CEO of Chances Foundation, some lecturers and administrative staff of the University, students and District Directors of Health in the Region.


Source: ISD (Richmond E.Y Abake)



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