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UCCSMS Wins Public Speaking Debate Inter-Medical Schools Debate

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The School of Medical Sciences, University of Cape Coast has emerged winner of the Eighth Inter-Medical School Public Speaking Competition, an event that focuses at encouraging medical students to develop interest in Psychiatry as their field of specialty.

This brings to five the number of times UCCSMS has won the competition since its inception eight years ago.

The theme for the Eighth Competition was “Child Sexual Abuse in Ghana: The Extent of the Problem, Consequence and Proposed Solutions”.

Competing Universities for the event which was held here at UCC were UCCSMS, University of Ghana (UG), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and University for Development Studies (UDS). UCCSMS emerged winner with 86 points, with KNUST placing second with 82.5 points while UG was third with 82 points. University for Development Studies placed fourth with 72.5 points.

For their prize, the winners would spend four weeks at the St Patrick’s University Hospital in Ireland for an exchange programme in Psychiatry. 

Vice-Chancellor of UCC, Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah commended the debaters for their wonderful presentations which he said displayed the deployment of rationale reasoning and compelling evidence in action.

In his opening remarks at the event, Prof. Ampiah advised students to take interest in debates since it employs skills that are the life line to democracy and society building.

A representative of the Mental Health Authority, Ghana, Dr. Kojo Obeng, said the competition since its inception has yielded some positive results in whipping the interest of medical students in psychiatry.

He said, “Since this program begun running, it has been amazing to see the reversal in this trend. Year after year, you see young medical students coming to this program and making a passionate debate about mental health issues. This program has managed to inspire passion in young medical students and I know this passion is going to convert them into psychiatrists.”

The debate which is held annually is sponsored by the St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services in Dublin, Ireland with support from Vincent Agyapong Foundation, University of Alberta, UK Aid, Ministry of Health, Ghana and Mental Health Authority, Ghana.