The Communication Studies Department of Pentecost University in collaboration with Sangy Global on Friday October 29, 2021 organised a global medical discourse in Pentecost University.
The global medical discourse was on the theme: “Healthcare for all, is it Achievable?”. It sought to raise issues of holistic wellbeing of human beings and discuss the feasible ways to ensure that everyone has access to good healthcare. The thematic focus of the program was enlightening the students on the neglected aspect of mental health.
The panel discussing the subject matter included Richmond Anim Damoah, the moderator (CEO of RAD Communications Limited), Setor Abra Norgbe (First runner up of the 2021 edition’s Ghana Most Beautiful), Nancy Nantwi, (Deputy Regional Training Coordinator), Nana Achiaa Akoto Berhene, (Human Biology student of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology) and Benedicta Adobea Asare, (Communication student of Pentecost University).
Setor Abra Norgbe, a Cuban-trained Medical Doctor, expatiated on health and healthcare, emphasizing on the need to enlighten people on the ignored aspect of mental health.
“We have ignored the importance of mental health in our society and it is affecting people in drastic ways. We cannot afford to neglect our mental health and focus on only the physical aspect of our health. We need feasible plans to achieve holistic healthcare for all. It is very possible to achieve this in our society,” she said.
Nancy Nantwi stressed on the need for sustainable plans to ensure that everybody has access to good healthcare.
“We cannot function in the society without good health and to maintain this for everyone, we have to draw out plans of sustainability to reach everybody in every community. This cannot be achieved in a day but it is a long-term plan that we can very much accomplish,” she said.
Nana Achiaa Akoto Berhene shared ways people can maintain good mental health and prevent any form of psychological breakdown.
“Exercise is very good for releasing stress and maintaining mental stability. Keeping a journal also helps you process your thoughts and identify problems in your life that need to be solved. Avoiding negative thoughts and surrounding yourself with the right kind of people are also important in ensuring good mental health which would improve your general wellbeing,” she said.
Bendedicta Adobea Asare, a Communication student of Pentecost University, pointed out social and environmental factors which prevented access to good healthcare.
“People live in remote areas where they have to use roads in deplorable conditions and travel long distances just to get medical attention for their different needs. These places are disadvantaged and as a result, people are unable to get good healthcare. Just as health is not just the mere absence of diseases, healthcare is not solely about hospitals but the state of a community-based holistic focus on general well-being,” she said.
The keynote speaker, Scofray Nana Yaw Yeboah, charged the students to unlearn their comfort zone and create empowering pathways for themselves. The certified global coach said that it was important to build relationships while in school and make positive impressions on people in order to be remembered.
“Someone must recommend you somewhere if you focus on serving others and making impact. Learn to volunteer and use affirmations to psyche your mind for a better future. Your current location is not your final destination. One of the potent ways to create empowering pathways is by reading,” he said.
Francina Mensah, a musician, shared her story and urged the students to network with people and avoid overburdening themselves.
“You need to do away with the inferiority complex and the fear of the unknown to enjoy your youth. This would help you to be healthy mentally,” she said.
At the end of the global medical discourse, the conference host, Sara Nana Yeboah, launched the Danso Abiam Kokroko 1 Foundation, a foundation created to train and nurture young boys in the society. Pentecost University was honoured as one of the organisations chosen to oversee the nurturing of the boys and ensuring they are raised to become positive contributors and problem solvers in the world.