Physicians and Surgeons College Rector dies from coronavirus

Ghana’s medical fraternity has been dealt with a deadly blow with the passing of the  Rector of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Prof Jacob Plange-Rhule, who has died from the dreaded coronavirus.

Theghanareport.com sources within the medical fraternity confirmed that the astute doctor died from the disease at the University of Ghana Medical Centre.

The former President of the Ghana Medical Association died on Friday at the at hospital at Legon in Accra, where he has been on admission.

The sources said he was admitted to the intensive care unit of the facility, after he was transferred from a private facility.

Although he was reported to have significantly recovered, he was said to have relapsed on Friday before shedding the mortal coil.

The hospital is one of the healthcare facilities the government has dedicated to treating patients of COVID-19.

He becomes the first Ghana doctor to have died from the disease, which has killed six people in Ghana and kept more than 380 others under quarantine.

Before he became the Rector of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Prof Plange-Rhule headed the Department of Physiology at the KNUST School of Medical Sciences and a Consultant Physician in the Department of Medicine

Some doctors took to Facebook to eulogise and pay tribute to the respected academic and medical professional who trained some of the country’s finest medical brains.


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A decorated professional

Prof Plange-Rhule had his undergraduate medical training at the School of Medical Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

Subsequently, he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Renal Physiology from the Victorian University of Manchester, UK. Following that, he undertook his residency training in Internal Medicine. He was a Fellow West Africa College of Physicians; Fellow Ghana College of Physicians and a Fellow Royal College of Physicians, London.

Until his he took the job at the Physcians and Surgeons College,  Prof Plange-Rhule was the Head of the Department of Physiology of the School of Medical Sciences, Kumasi and a Consultant Physician in the Department of Medicine, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), where he started the Hypertension and Renal Clinic and has overseen its operations for the past twenty years.

He had also been the Head of Nephrology Services at the KATH prior to taking up his current appointment. He has over two decades of experience in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education.

He was an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Renal Medicine and Transplantation, St George’s, University of London. He was a Deputy Director of the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana and a Past President of the Ghana Medical Association. Until his demise, he was the President of the Ghana Kidney Association.

Professor Plange-Rhule had extensive experience in research, particularly, among populations of African origin, in the fields of hypertension, cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular disease epidemiology. He had engaged in several internationally funded research projects and has published extensively in these areas. He had also contributed chapters to two books.

  1. Anonymous says

    Prof. served his nation well and deserve honour.
    May his soul rest in peace

  2. Justice says

    Allah knows best, rest well.

  3. Anonymous says

    May his soul rest in peace. So sad.

  4. Sampson ,TASSH says

    Hmmm pro Rest in perfect peace, you were unique in your profession

  5. BS says

    Hmmm! This reminds of of what the scripture says; if u gain the whole world but losses ur soul. Our father and brother possesses numerous degrees but see oo. I pray that the good Lord grant him peace in Abraham’s bossom. Rest in Peace Prof.

  6. Anonymous says

    Hmmmmnnn…I am really sad

  7. kwasi Gyebi Kuffour says

    Hmmmmnnn…I am really sad

  8. kwasi Gyebi Kuffour says

    May he rest in peace

  9. Anonymous says

    I really dont’s know you,but your good works and humility speaks for its self.There is a saying “why bad things happens to good people Prof” God need you most and want you sinless from this earth.Rest in Perfect Peace.Abraham George Parko.An Alumina

  10. Anonymous says

    What a loss… rest in peace Prof. May God receive you warmly.

  11. Joseph Egyir says

    May your soul rest in peace Prof.

  12. Kings says

    Prof you have done excellently well for humanity. Prof. rest well from your hard labour. Only God can stop this virus. My God have mercy on Ghana.

  13. Anonymous says

    Oh, sorry Ghana and the world has lost dearly. Corona go away!!!

  14. Anonymous says

    Great knowledge gone under….May his dear soul rest well. Amen

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  16. Anonymous says

    Rest Well Prof

  17. David Curtis says

    It is with sadness to hear of the passing of Prof. Plange-Rhule. He was a honest, humble and dedicated man who it was my pleasure to have known. Best Wishes to his family at this time.

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