Prof. Jacob Plange-Rhule

A teacher, a friend and a father

Perditer Okyere

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For the heavens 

are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thought 

“Isaiah 55:8-9 

Even though, death is inevitable and a necessary end, Prof’s death has been very devastating. 

Prof Plange-Rhule was a father and a friend to me. I met him as a Physiology Lecturer in 1997, first year in medical school at the-SMS KNUST-now-SMD KNUST. My class was the largest then in the history of the school hence we were called”the Chinese class”, little did we know that COVID-19 will claim his life at these difficult times. He taught me medicine in my clinical year. I was with him at the department of

Internal medicine, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital as a house officer, a friend, a father and a colleague 

Prof was kind to all independent of your status in the department. He was always calm and very 

supportive. During my post membership district service at the KNUST hospital, Prof met me once and 

said slowly and softly in his nice.. Gentle and kind voice, Perditer, why don’t you do Nephrology for 

your fellowship although cardiology was what I had in mind. After agreeing to his suggestion, he 

introduced me to Dr Dwomoa Adu even before starting the programme at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. 

Because of Prof, I boost around confidently that I am the first fellow by examination at the faculty of Internal Medicine the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons!!! ! I am forever grateful Prof. 

I will really miss you but I am consoled by the fact that you are resting well. 

May your gentle soul rest in perfect Peace Prof. 


Damirifa due! !!! !! ! 

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