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Restructure Medical Service to Include Palliative Care - Medical Professor Calls

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A Professor with the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics of the School of Medical Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Professor Mawuli Kotope Gyakobo has called for a restructuring of medical service in the country which incorporates palliative care and psychosocial approach in dispensing medical care.

According to him, aside the biomedical issues faced by patients during emergency situations, the most troubling issues for patients and their families are the psychosocial and aftermath of these events hence the need to actively involve counsellors and psychologists in handling these emergency situations.

Professor Mawuli Kotope Gyakobo was speaking at a public lecture on Tuesday at the school of medical sciences auditorium, UCC. The lecture was on the topic “Medicine in the 21st Century: Shifting the Paradigm from the Biomedical to the Holistic Lessons from the Palliative Care Model”.

He explained that there is over emphasis on the biomedical care with less attention paid to the psychosocial, a situation he indicated needs to change. 

Professor Gyakobo also added that due to the increase in life expectancy in the country, there is the need to improve medical services and infrastructure to ensure elderly patients have the best of care.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Professor Ghartey Ampiah, commended Professor Gyakobo for the educative lecture and thence called on the medical schools and medical practitioners to incorporate this holistic approach to ensure that medical care in the country is the best.