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UDS Medical School cries for housing facilities, clinic


2011-06-20 21:37:34
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UDS Administration
Students of the University for Development Studies School of Medical and Health Sciences at the Central campus in Tamale, have appealed to government to as a matter of urgency address their accommodation problems.

The students say they can no longer endure the financial suffering inflicted on them by Landlords in the surrounding communities who continuously increase their rent charges, hence the need for government to construct decent accommodation facilities to assuage their predicament.


According to them, the only hostel facility on campus has been converted into a Hotel and that situation aggravated their accommodation problems.

Fred Amese, who doubles as President of the Tamale Central Campus Students Representative Council and President of the UDS School of Medicine and Health Sciences, made the call in a press statement copied to Citi News.

In addition, he requested for a clinic to be built on the Central campus to facilitate the medical students’ clinicals and as well cater for the immediate health needs of the students.

Fred Amese said the Students Representative Council in its small way embarked on a project to set up a sick-bay on campus and thus called for government and benevolent organizations support to make the project a reality.

“The school has been in existence for several years but is without a hospital or clinic and that is why the SRC has taken it upon itself to embark on a project to set up a sick-bay to cater for the immediate health needs of the students.”

“Taxis do not ply the route to our campus at night and in the event that a student needs medical attention during odd hours it becomes very difficult to transport such student to the Tamale Teaching Hospital,” Fred bemoaned.

He also reminded the UDS Alumni Association of its responsibility to execute projects that will promote the welfare of students of their Alma-matter.

Fred Amese further complained about low electricity supply to the university despite persistent calls on the Volta River Authority – Northern Electricity Department (VRA-NED) to find a permanent solution to the problem.

The faculty of School of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University for Development Studies trains medical doctors, nurses, nutritionists and other experts in the field of allied health sciences.

Students and staff of the Wa Campus of the University of the University have in the past called on the relevant authorities to as a matter of urgency, establish a modern, well-equipped library on the campus to facilitate teaching and learning.

The over 12,300 students have to depend largely on materials from lecturers and sometimes, and resort to the use of the internet to resolve academic challenges, a situation that is impacting negatively on academic work, especially for financially challenged students.

There are no library facilities in Wa. The Vice Chancellor of UDS, Professor Haruna Yakubu made the call at a meeting with members of the Governing Council of the University in Wa.

The school lacks basic and social facilities such as potable water, roads, streetlights and means of transport as well as infrastructural development in the areas of lecture halls, and accommodation for staff.

Professor Haruna Yakubu has mentioned that with the large number of students, the University needs a modern hospital facility to cater for the health needs of the students rather than a clinic, which he said was inadequate and lacked facilities to cope with the student population.

source: ghanaweb.com

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