Ecobank Ghana has supported 16 medical students with a total of US$16,000 to partake in the 2019 Ecobank medical school exchange program.
The package seeks to ease the burden of financial expense on brilliant students.
The 16 students who received the scholarship packages were drawn from four universities in Ghana including University of Ghana medical school (UG), University of CapeCoast (UCC), University of Development Studies (UDS) and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
Speaking to Citi Business News after a short ceremony held at the bank’s Head Office in Accra, Managing Director of Ecobank Dan Sackey said the gesture will help bridge the gap of doctor to patient ratio in the country.
“The objective is to provide students the opportunity to experience medical healthcare delivery in other countries and to enable them learn from that experience and be able to apply that learning to their work when they eventually qualify as medical doctors. We believe that that exposure is key in making sure that we have a well-educated medical fraternity that can then translate into a healthy population from which we draw our clientele so there’s a mutually beneficial relationship that we as Ecobank seeks to promote” he said.
He urged the students to be resilient and stay focused in their learning capacity.
“To our beneficiaries, it is my expectation that as medical students and future physicians, you will become powerful agents of change. You must approach this opportunity with a teachable spirit that will ensure that you return from this short but valuable stint with great insights that will have a strong impact on your life journey” he advised.
Per the package each student receives 1,000 dollars from Ecobank, 30% off of Emirates flight, travel insurance package from Old Mutual Ghana, and clothing from Woodin.