The Northern Development Authority (NDA) is set to partner Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) and ISODEC in starting a telemedicine center where doctors can teach students of medicine through virtual means.
With this, students from the University for Development Studies Medical School can tap in from any location across the five regions of the north under the authority to learn.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Authority, Dr. Alhassan Sulemana Anamzoya made this known when the Vice-Chancellor of Tamale Technical University (TaTU), Professor Abass Bramah paid a courtesy call.
“With this facility, a doctor at the TTH can be having a surgery at the hospital with students doted across the area watching or listening from where ever they are,” he said.
Dr. Anamzoya said beyond physical infrastructure, the Authority has supported a project called “Kayaye Skills Development” and “Kayaye Livelihood Enhancement” with funds to complete their centre so they can serve as a place for the training of young head potters.
He added that the Authority will expand its mandate next year by undertaking more human development centered programs like skills training.
Dr. Anamzoya revealed that they have also implemented the government’s ‘one million per constituency’ policy by building schools, constructing hospitals, roads among others, explaining that projects were done using the bottom top approach where communities picked projects they want to be done in their areas.
The NDA boss said his outfit will support the Tamale Technical University in any form so far as their aim is to bring development.
According to him, their mandate is to develop northern Ghana and any idea that is aimed at reinforcing must be supported.
“You can’t be in northern Ghana and be developing northern Ghana and we are not a party to it. We will help you,” he said
On his part, Professor Abass Bramah said there are a lot of the youth who do not have access to tertiary institutions but have skills which can be tapped into, noting that in order to develop and grow these young talents there is the need to introduce skills training and development so that their skills can be explored.
The Vice-Chancellor expressed concern about the abysmal performance of students at the WASSCE in the region.
He said for the past decades, the region consistently has scored poor results at the WASSCE and called for a collaborative probe to that effect.