KNUST inducts 176 qualified doctors

Stephen Asante, GNA

Kumasi, Aug. 28, GNA
– The Ghana Medical and Dental Council has inducted 176 newly-qualified doctors
of the School of Medical Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and
Technology (KNUST), at a ceremony in Kumasi.

The inductees,
including 19 dental surgeons, had successfully undergone the certified medical
training as required by the Council and as such licensed to practice.

They comprised 16
foreign students from Pakistan, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Benin, and this
brings to more than 2, 300 the number of doctors trained so far by the School
of Medical Sciences since its establishment some four decades ago.

Professor Kwasi
Obiri-Danso, the KNUST Vice-Chancellor, said the university had over the years
worked assiduously to expand the scope of medical training to cover Dentistry
and Veterinary, as well as Herbal Medicine, Allied Health Sciences and Public

The development, he
said, had contributed immensely to the advancement of healthcare in the
country, noting that they were committed to producing highly-skilled health
personnel for the benefit of the nation.

KNUST, per an
agreement signed recently with the Ghana Health Service, had been mandated to
mentor all the health training institutions of the Ministry of Health.

They encompass
nursing and midwifery training colleges, community and environmental health
training colleges, as well as health assistants’ training schools across the

Prof. Obiri-Danso
said the KNUST College of Health Sciences, in collaboration with the Department
of Modern Languages, had launched a novelty Twi Medical Glossary for clinical
students and health workers.

The booklet, funded
by the Medical Education Partnership Initiative, a project of the university,
is to facilitate learning by clinical students and also act as an aid for
clinicians not conversant with the Twi or Akan language.

The Vice-Chancellor
expressed optimism that the initiative would help improve communication between
the doctors, nurses, pharmacists and related health workers with clients in
their clinical practice.

Dr Ebenezer
Appiah-Denkyira, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, charged the
inductees to demonstrate commitment to their work as mandated by the
Hippocratic Oath.

He urged them to be
selfless, committed and dedicated in their practice in line with the medical
profession which demanded that practitioners must have an unquestionable sense
of duty.

Professor Tsiri
Agbenyega, the Provost of the College of Health Sciences, stressed the need for
the newly-qualified doctors to be receptive to their clients to enhance the
patient-doctor relationship.


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