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A 199-page book that describes in detail the work of Dr. Boohene-Andah, the physician of former President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufour during his eight-year tenure as President of Ghana, was launched at the weekend.
The book titled The President’s Physician is the professional experience and autobiography of Dr. Boohene-Andah and was launched by Reverend Dr. Joyce Aryee, Executive Director of the Salt and Light Ministry, and a former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines.
The first few chapters of the book give a brilliant description of the early years of the author growing up in a middle-class family while the subsequent chapters detail her life as the President’s physician.
Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa, a Pathologist and Chairman for the occasion, said it was important for people to write the stories of their lives to serve as inspiration and guide to the new generation.
He bemoaned the lack of interest by many accomplished persons in the writing of autobiographies and encouraged persons who had gathered experience in their field of endeavour to write to serve as a guide to the younger generation.
Prof. Akosa said the book would motivate others to write their autobiographies, and pledged his support towards the promotion of the book.
Dr. Boohene-Andah said she wrote the book to inspire young adults, especially girls, to aspire to greater heights in their endeavours.
She said although, serving as the President’s physician brought her a lot of memorable experiences, she acknowledged the daunting challenges associated with the position, and expressed the hope that the youth would draw lessons from the book.
“When I look back, I do not regret taking the job, and my family played an important role in ensuring that I succeeded.
“In my efforts to keep records to write the book, I had a diary where I recorded all important information and events.”
Mrs Elizabeth Baitie, a renowned author, who reviewed the book, noted that Dr Boohene-Andah’s crisp narration of her experiences during her role as the personal physician to former President Kufuor “is not a titillating report of salacious goings on in the corridors of power.”
She said the book focuses on the balancing act that Dr. Boohene-Andah had played and maintaining a level head, despite the ever changing pace of her job, keeping her ears and eyes on her assignment and not on the naysayers, but learning the value of professional team-playing and sound family relationship and keeping a good work-family balance.
Mrs. Baitie further noted that Dr Boohene-Andah had succeeded in encouraging girls that despite the constraints of their gender, it was possible to carry out any demanding role and excel at it.
Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, praised Dr. Boohene-Andah, for keeping a high sense of confidentiality although she was exposed to a lot of information at the seat of government.
She urged Public Servants working at the seat of government to maintain a high sense of confidentiality so as not to disclose information that will damage the socio-economic development of the country.
Dr. Joyce Aryee said her observation after reading the book was the sense of humility in the writings of the author.
She praised the author for writing a book that would shape the dream of young adults and encourage other public figures and personalities to write their autobiographies.
The launch was attended by former President Kufuor and his wife, Mrs. Theresa Kufuor, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, a former first lady, a representative of Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, New Patriotic Party Chairman, Mr. Paul Afoko, and former Chief of Staff, Mr. Kwadwo Mpianim and some representatives of the international community.