Students of the University of Ghana Business School’s (UGBS) Public Administration and Health Service Management (PAHSM) Department, last Thursday, re-launched its student association, Public Administration and Health Services Student Association (PAHSSAL) at the R.S Amegashie Auditorium.
Addressing students on ‘The Health Service and the Role of the Health Administrator’, the first speaker, Mr. Albert Asiedu Offei, an alumnus and seasoned health service administrator, said the Ghana Health Service has the mandate of providing a comprehensive health care for Ghanaians.
In line with this mandate, health administrators, who he identified as kingpins in health institutions, need to be competent in a number of areas so as to properly administer their roles, he said.
These knowledge areas spanned health, legal, finance, accounting, management and psychology among others. He cautioned that the health administration field is very demanding, behooving on students to maintain the highest professional standards, and urged them to learn to pay obeisance when necessary.
Speaking on ‘Rejuvenating the Public Health Sector: The Role of the Public Administrator’, the second speaker, Mr. Prince Kofi Asante, explained the nuances of corruption within the public sector.
He counted exercising one’s authority definitively, as well as removing ambiguity within legal frameworks when awarding contracts, as ameliorative measures against corruption.
Mr. Asante fervently encouraged students to adhere to moral and ethical principles wherever they might find themselves.
Dr. Justice Bawole, Head of PAHSM Department, charged the Association’s 11 executives who were sworn in, to ensure the continuity of PAHSSAL. He then assured the Association of the Department’s support but stressed the need for it to be transparent and accountable.
Meanwhile, the Association also received support in cash from the Association of Health Service Workers, represented by Mr. Offei, who also announced his association’s intentions to host 5 PAHSM students as observers at its upcoming annual meeting, among others.
The president of PAHSSAL, Mr. Thomas Agyekum Kyeremeh, emphasized unity and promised to adhere to the Association’s core mandate of ensuring transparency and accountability.
Also present at the event were Dr. Theophilus Nyamekye, a former president of the Association, and members of faculty of the PAHSM Department.
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