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The Second Lady has helped secure 12 scholarships and free service abroad for Ghanaian children who need specialist paediatric care.

The Second Lady has helped secure 12 scholarships and free service abroad for Ghanaian children who need specialist paediatric care.

Ghana will be assisted to provide the training and care package by two universities in India, Parul University in Gujarat and Crescent University, based in Tamil Nadu.

Hajia Samira Bawumia outdoored these arrangements with the two private institutions on Monday on the sidelines of the 14th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave on the India-Africa Partnership Project in New Delhi, India. She was a guest at the conclave together with her husband, Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia.

Improve skills

Ghana’s High Commissioner to India, His Excellency Michael Aaron Oquaye (Jr), presented the package of scholarships and paediatric care in New Delhi on Monday at an event organised by the Delhi chapter of the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GIPIO) in collaboration with the Samira Empowerment and Humanitarian Projects (SEHP).

Under the scheme, selected Ghanaian students will enjoy either part-bursaries or full scholarships at the two Indian institutions of learning. Mr Oquaye announced that Parul University will offer two full scholarships, including tuition and boarding, to qualified and deserving Ghanaian applicants.

Crescent University is offering ten part-bursaries to PhD candidates.

Qualified health professionals will also receive training to improve their skills. At the same time, paediatric patients recommended for treatment abroad will benefit from free care at a leading Indian teaching hospital.

The training for already qualified Ghanaian professionals follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Ghana Health Service and the Yenupoya Teaching Hospital. The selected applicants will receive fellowship training in sub-specialities of medicine as well as allied health and nursing to BSc, MSc and PhD level.

Bonds of friendship

His Excellency Oquaye said the Government of Ghana is pleased that there is now an opportunity to offer further training to qualified Ghanaians.

The development reflects the deep bonds of friendship between Ghana and India, he argued.

Alhajia Bawumia expressed her appreciation to the institutions that will be offering the scholarships and free health care.

People in positions of privilege, the Second Lady said, should be guided by the words of Martin Luther King Jr: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”