Multiple Awards winning new Medical Doctor, Ellen Boakye has reiterated the need for counselling services to be beefed up in Tertiary institutions.
She made the call when empathising with the 18- year old female chemical engineering student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Adwoa Agyarkwaa Anyimadu-Antwi who committed suicide in her hall of residence.
Dr Ellen Boakye who graduated from the University of Ghana medical school swept a record ten awards in the vice chancellors academic awards held over the weekend.
Empathising with the sad demise of the first year student, she told Ultimate News’ Ivan Heathcote – Fumador she almost gave up under final year stress but for the advice and counselling of a close friend.
“In final year, I almost gave up had it not been for a friend who kept on talking to me. Because the nature of our courses are a bit stressful, it is important they make sure that there are counsellors that we can talk to,” she opined.
Contrary to claims by the management of KNUST that the school has a vibrant counselling unit, Dr Ellen Boakye suggested that setting up counselling centres without reaching out to students was not good enough.
“They just bring out the name of the counsellors but as to whether they are available, is another thing,” she pointed out.
The university and the Ashanti regional police command have begun separate investigations into circumstances that led to the young female student taking her life with a call on media houses to halt the spiral of speculations.
By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Ivan Heathcote-Fumador