Ghana’s Oldest Living Surgeon

Dr. Emmanuel Evans-Anfom, a medical surgeon, has tasked medical professionals both home and abroad to be patriotic to Ghana to the best of their ability.

The 98-year old shared his life experience with Students and Management of Family Health University College Medical School, led by Prof. Yao Kwawukume and Dr. Susu Bridget Kwawukume who paid him a visit at his residence in Accra.

According to Dr. Evans-Anfom, doctors were good managers and should therefore not think that apart from their profession, they could not do well in other sectors.

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Recounting the time he was privileged to live and study abroad as a Doctor and later ended up in becoming an administrator at KUNST, where he performed creditably, Dr. Evans-Anfom told the students aiming to become medical professionals that, ‘in the medical profession, you need to be careful. In addition, you should also be prepared to learn from seniors that you meet outside after completing school. Be humble to learn and not to try knowing everything,”

He entreated the medical students to aim at achieving credibility and integrity, and not to think about their pockets, adding that, with faith in God they could do the right things to move the nation forward. He also urged all medical professionals who were privileged to be sponsored with taxpayers money to be patriotic and help develop the country.

On his part, the Founder and President of Family Health University College, Prof. Yao Kwawukume in a short comment thanked Dr Evans-Anfom for imparting such a wide range of knowledge and experience into the young medical students.

He gave the assurance that, with the kind of rich managerial skills, wisdom and experience gathered from Dr. Emmanuel Evans-Anfom, he would equally apply to ensure harmony between management of the school and the Student Representatives Council.

At the end of the interactions, Dr. Susu Bridget Kwawukume presented some food items and others to Dr. Evans-Anfom and wife as a sign of appreciation for the honour done them and asked God to grant them good health and long life.

Born on October 7, 1919, Dr. Emmanuel Evans-Anfom is a member of the Ga-Dangme people of Accra. His journey into medicine began when he enrolled in the inter-preliminary medical course of Science at Achimota and received advanced training in physics, chemistry, botany and zoology, in January 1939.

At Achimota, he won a Gold Coast medical scholarship in 1941 to study medicine at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 1947 and also studied in a postgraduate diploma course in tropical medicine, completing in 1950. As a Medical Professional, Evans-Anfom worked in various hospitals in the government medical system: Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dunkwa-On-Offin Government Hospital, Tarkwa Government Hospital, the Kumasi Central Hospital, Tamale Government Hospital and Effia Nkwanta Hospital in Sekondi.

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Dr. Emmanuel Evans-Anfom also did medical outreach in the Congo in the 1960s. In 1996, he was adjudged the “Alumnus of the Year” by his alma mater, the University of Edinburgh for “his major contribution to the development of medicine in the Congo and to medical education in Ghana.”

He served as the Vice-Chancellor of KNUST from 1967 to 1973. At KNUST, Anfom first introduced the ceremony commonly known as “Matriculation” into the university entry ceremonies. He has chaired a myriad of committees, boards and missions, both locally and on the international scene in Africa, Europe and North America.

Dr. Emmanuel Evans-Anfom served as the Commissioner of Education under the military governments of Fred Akuffo of the Supreme Military Council and later, Jerry John Rawlings led Provisional National Defence Council in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was a member of the Council of State in the Hilla Limann government from 1979 to 1981.

The 98-year old is known as the oldest living doctor in Ghana and he has four children with his first wife Leonora Evans, a West Indian American who died in 1980. In 1984, he married Elise Henkel.

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