As part of sponsorship for the National Science & Maths Quiz, finalists of this year’s edition are going to enjoy primary healthcare coverage for the next one year – thanks to the Medifem Multi-Specialist Hospital & Fertility Centre. This means all nine finalists can report to the Multi-Specialist centre to access a range of primary healthcare services from now till the end of next year’s edition of the Quiz competition.
Some of the finalists, comprising representatives of St. Augustine’s College and Presbyterian Boys’ SHS, Legon, reported at the Westlands premises of the healthcare provider to undertake registration processes that will enable them to utilise the sponsorship package. The contestants – all of which expressed the desire to pursue a career in the health sciences, also took the opportunity to tour the facility and understand what happens on a daily basis at a Multi-Specialist Hospital.
In a brief interaction with the contestants, Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Dr. Richard Banful, urged them to venture into further studies that will make them contribute to innovation in sciences – especially in the area of health. Dr. Banful advised them not to feel complacent but maximise the exposure and opportunities the competition has offered them to build successful careers that impacts Ghana and the world as a whole.
The National Science & Maths Quiz, the longest-running independent production on television in Ghana, started in 1993 with the aim of promoting study of the sciences and mathematics while fostering healthy academic rivalry among senior high schools.
The programme is very popular with not only its main target group – Senior High School students – but also parents and especially former students (old boys and girls), who take great pride in the performance of their schools.
St. Augustine’s College, Cape Coast, won the 2019 edition after beating five-time champions Presbyterian Boys’, Legon, and last year’s winner, St. Peters SHS, Nkwatia, at the Grand Finale held at the National Theatre in July.
In 2018, Medifem Hospital became the official healthcare partner of the competition, providing healthcare cover to the competing students, teachers and production crew during the one-month period wherein the competition takes place in Accra. This forms part of initiatives to underline the hospital’s commitment to social responsibility, especially in the educational sector.