By – Dr. Adedayo Akande, President of the University of Health Sciences Antigua
We were informed that during a recent cabinet meeting, it was falsely stated that our institution, the University of Health Sciences Antigua, was non-operational. UHSA has been in existence since 1982, and we have never stopped instructing our students.
At the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020, our medical students returned to their countries, and we moved campus functions online, consistent with universities worldwide. Distance learning has since continued and is well documented on our website, with governing bodies also being aware. UHSA’s 2021 graduation ceremony was also virtually broadcasted and can be viewed online.
Our clinical students have continued their education at our partner hospitals located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. We have also established several international strategic partnerships to advance our academic programs further.
The absence of students on campus has allowed us to complete renovations in preparation for their return. During the past two years, we have renovated lecture spaces, upgraded our infrastructure to include central air, and built group study spaces to comply with accreditation standards. Renovation of our library also commenced and will be completed next month.
While we’ve modernized our campus, we have continued our community contributions, including donating a piano to Clare Hall Secondary School and library shelving and storage to The Antigua and Barbuda National Archive and The Antigua and Barbuda National Library.
Although our student-managed “Free Clinic at English Harbour” effort was paused temporarily due to the pandemic, we anticipate resuming this initiative on-campus in the coming months. This program launched in partnership with Georgetown University’s student clinic, the Hoya Clinic in Washington D.C. UHSA self-funded the clinic, which has served over 500 local patients at no cost.
As Antigua’s oldest medical university, we will continue supporting the community as we have always done throughout our 40-year history and trust that our efforts make a difference in the lives of others. As we continue to serve, our graduates not only spread the positive nature of our university but also of Antigua & Barbuda as a nation and as their second home.