The Founder of the Garden City University College (GCUC) has picked up a special award at this year’s African Health Care Awards, and Summit organised by Zenith Global Health.
Being one of the leading private universities promoting the training of health professionals in the country, it was recognised for its contribution to the healthcare sector on the continent.
The award and summit, which was on the theme, “Advances in diabetes and cancer care; plugging the gaps”, took place in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
Zenith Global Health was established in 2016 in the United Kingdom with the aim of fostering education, collaboration and shared learning amongst healthcare professionals globally.
Zenith Global Health Awards is a prestigious platform that recognises and celebrates Healthcare and Allied Healthcare Professionals who go beyond the call of duty to ensure delivery and foster quality care for patients globally.
The award was in recognition of the contribution of the founder of the University, Mr Albert Acquah, and the GCUC contribution in training healthcare professionals in the healthcare delivery system and their impact on the health sector in Ghana.
A citation that accompanied the award said the “‘Special Recognition’ Award has been acknowledged by many with the positive impact you are making, which is globally appreciated.”
The event was the first time it was held in Africa to recognise the ground-breaking work by healthcare professionals within the African continent.
Mr Acquah, a certified professional accountant resident in the US, initially set up the Garden City University College as an ICT training centre in 2001. Then, in 2004, it was converted into a university college offering programmes in business, health and allied sciences.
GCUC is the only private university in Ghana offering dental therapy. It also offers nursing, physician assistant, midwifery and medical laboratory technician programmes and it is affiliated to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The university has graduated over 3,000 midwives and over 2,000 nurses.
Commenting on the award, the President of the GCUC, Professor Edward Kwame Asante, said even though it was in recognition of the pioneering role of the founder in health professionals’ education.
“This also attests to the impact GCUC is making in the training of qualified health professionals for the country and the West-African sub-region.”