Fifty-four final year students of Ghana’s Premier Private Medical School - Family Health Medical School - have completed their mandatory District Clerkship Rotation, in three regions in the country.
The District Clerkship Rotation afforded the medical students hands-on practical experience in all specialties under the guidance of seasoned consultants and specialists.
Additionally, it introduced them to the types and management of medical problems seen in district hospitals.
The students examined patients, undertook ward rounds, assisted in the theatre and laboratory, and carried out other assignments given them.
Students also worked with District Health Management Teams (DHMTs) to carry out health promotion and preventive programmes, such as health education and promotion, communicable disease control and environmental sanitation.
Also, during the Clerkship, the students familiarised themselves with the administrative set up of the health sector from the region down to the local level.
The District Clerkship Rotation this year took the final year students to District/Municipal Hospitals and Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) facilities in the Central Region, where the students were stationed at St Francis Xavier Hospital, Assin Fosu; St Luke Catholic Hospital, Apam; and Winneba and Agona Swedru Municipal hospitals.
In the Eastern Region, the students were stationed at Suhum and Nsawam Government Hospitals and the Volta River Authority Hospital in Akosombo.
In the Volta Region, they were at Keta Municipal Hospital, Battor Catholic Hospital and Richard Novati Catholic Hospital in Sogakope.
Selected final year students stationed within the Keta Municipality in collaboration with Keta Municipal Hospital and Anloga Health Directorate joined the Chiefs and people of Anlo State to celebrate this year’s Hogbetsotso festival.
The medical students with health authorities pitched their tent at the festival grounds to provide free health screening and counseling to the residents and visitors to the festival and community.
Beneficiaries at the screening were taken through HIV testing and counselling, breasts screening and counseling, Blood Glucose Monitoring, Blood Pressure Testing and other health related screenings and counseling.
In the Central Region, the students together with District Health Promotion Officers embarked on a media tour at Radio Peace, a community-based radio station to educate the community on Peptic ulcer disease, its causes, signs and symptoms and its prevention and treatment.
With high prevalence of teenage pregnancy in the Effutu Municipality, the students educated the adolescents on reproductive health related issues and the need to concentrate on their academics and channel their energies rightly.