The Deputy Head of Mission of the Republic of Ireland to Nigeria, Joseph Kennedy, has led a six-member delegation from the University of Lemerick, Ireland to pay a courtesy call on the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George K. T. Oduro, at his office.
The School of Nursing and Midwifery of the University of Cape Coast two years ago established mutual collaboration with the University of Lemerick for the development of both faculty and students of both institutions.
The Irish team was therefore, in Cape Coast to find possible means of deepening the friendship so as to move the collaboration forward.
Speaking at the gathering, Prof. Oduro indicated that management was working to improve on the partnership so that it could stand the test of time to benefit generations to come.
“When we decide to enter into a relationship we mean serious business and will work at it. We will do everything within our capabilities to make sure that the relationship grows”, he said.
According to him, feedback from the relationship has shown that the University of Lemerick could be of immense help to the University in the area of Nursing and Midwifery.
Turning to nurse-patient ratio in Ghana, Prof. Oduro said there was a deficit in this direction and therefore, suggested that professionals who were on retirement in Ireland could come and work in our hospitals as volunteers to help bridge the gap in the deficit.
Responding, the Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Kennedy noted that it was important to develop a strong relationship between the two institutions since relations between Ireland and Ghana dated back more than two centuries. Mr. Kennedy who is based in Abuja, Nigeria said he was very proud that relationship and links between the two nations were still growing stronger.
“The best way to grow this relationship is to have people from both countries visiting each other.”, he said.
He said he was interested in genuine exchange of ideas and skills and was also eagerly and constantly looking forward for the partnership to bear fruits.
Present at the meeting were Ag. Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Prof Alex N. M. Pappoe and the Vice Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Dr. Samuel Nuvor.