FROM PATRICE SYLVESTER SELORMEY, HO | firstname.lastname@example.org
A DERMATOLOGY University (Medical School) is to be established soon by Rabito Clinic as it celebrates its 44th anniversary.
The Dermatology Medical School, when established, would be the first of its kind in the country and the world as a whole. It would be the second private medical school in Ghana after Family Medical School.
In an interview with the DAILY HERITAGE in Ho, the Founder and Board Chairman of Rabito Clinics, Professor Edmund Nminyem Delle, said the Dermatology Medical School (University) would soon be accredited by the National Accreditation Board to train medical professionals in the advancement of human health, particularly the skin, which is the largest organ of the body.
Prof Delle stated that he was looking forward to welcoming international affiliate institutions to strengthen the vision of Rabito Clinic to be the prime centre for professional Dermatology education and training in the advancement of human health.
According to Prof. Delle, who is also the Chief Physician and Consultant Dermatologist of the Rabito Clinic, their passion would be to provide training for medical doctors who would see themselves as taking part in the crusade against skin diseases, poverty, ignorance, under-development and mediocrity.
“Medicine is about compassion, empathy, listening, communicating and leadership skills,” he stressed.
He further said his aim of establishing the Dermatology University was to make sure everybody would access to skin care.
“People forget to realise that the skin is the largest organ of the body. In the whole of Africa, we have less than 300 dermatologists, while in Ghana, there are only 23 who are based only in Accra and Tema,” he posited.
On the launch of the recent e-health centre in Accra, he said it could be accessed at the comfort of the patient in his or her home, stating further that it would bring dermatology services on the doorstep of people.
Prof Delle, who is the founder of African Human Rights and Health Promoters, said the e-health centre was leveraging on existing technologies and applications such as WhatsApp, to reach patients, adding that there was also a clinic-to-clinic arrangement where a patient in Bole could see him in Accra or another branch using the e-health platform.
He indicated that the advantages of the e-health system were convenience and more confidentiality, in that patients could privately connect and consult with the doctor without fear of disclosure to a third party.
He urged young doctors who have graduated to veer into dermatology since dematologists are in great demand.