Ghana’s oldest medical practitioner, Dr Emmanuel Evans-Anfom has reportedly died.
He was 101 years old.
In a Facebook post, one of his sons, Nii Teiko Evans-Anfom announced the death of his father.
“Dr Emmanuel Evan-Anfom 7th Oct 1919 – 7th April 2021,” Nii Teiko posted on Facebook.
His post received several comments as individuals expressed their condolence to the family.
Dr Evans-Anfom was a scholar, university administrator, and public servant who served as the second Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) from 1967 to 1973.
It was Dr Evans-Anfom who first introduced the matriculation ceremony in the university as part of the entry ceremonies.
He chaired several committees, boards, and missions, both in Ghana and internationally.
Emmanuel Evans-Anfom was born on 7 October 1919 at the Evans family house, High Street, Accra to William Quarshie Anfom and Mary Evans.
As a medical doctor, he worked in various hospitals in Ghana including 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.
He worked with other medical trailblazers like Susan Ofori-Atta and Matilda J. Clerk, the first and second Ghanaian women physicians respectively.
The first Ghanaian surgeon, Charles Odamtten Easmon approached him in 1963 to take a teaching professorship position at the then newly established University of Ghana Medical School, an offer he eventually accepted.
In the 1960s, he went for medical outreach in the Congo.
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 medical education in Ghana.”
In 1958, Evans-Anfom co-founded the Ghana Medical Association together with Drs Charles Odamtten Easmon, Silas Dodu, Anum Barnor, and Schandorf.
Awards and honours
1934: Listed on the Honour Board of the Salem School, Osu
1968: Elected president of the Ghana Medical Association
1971: Elected Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences
1974: Honorary degree of Doctor of Science (Hon. D.Sc.), University of Salford
1996: Honorary doctorate in literature (honoris causa) Hon. D.Litt. by the Akrofi Christaller Institute, Akropong Akuapim
1983-1998: Chairman of the Inter-Church and Ecumenical Relations Committee of Ghana
2003: Awarded honorary Doctor of Science degree (D.Sc.) by the KNUST
2006: Decorated with the Order of the Star of Ghana