Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA
Kumasi, Sept 29, GNA –
Professor Yaw Adu-Sarkodie, Provost, College of Health Sciences of the Kwame
Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has called for the
allocation of part of the national health insurance funds for metabolic
This, he said, had
become necessary to save many people from dying from these disorders – stroke,
hypertension and diabetes.
It was time funds were
made available to support community pharmacists to carry out regular screening
of the people and to refer cases to the hospitals.
Prof Adu-Sarkodie said
that was critical to improving primary health care in the country.
Speaking at the 3rd
White Coat ceremony of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at
KNUST, he said in some places across the world community pharmacists had been
undertaking basic health screening of the people.
The white coat
ceremony signifies a transition from the study of preclinical knowledge to the
acquisition of clinical knowledge – completion of four years of rigorous
academic and professional training where emphasis is laid on the basic,
biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences to a pharmacy apprentice.
This year’s ceremony
was held under theme “Pharm D: The new Standard of Pharmacy Practice?”
underlined the determination of the College to continue to maintain high
standards in the training of health professionals to competently deal with the
health needs of the nation.
He announced that sign
language had been introduced into their training programme to aid health
professionals to effectively communicate with people suffering from hearing
Prof Mrs Rita Dickson,
Dean of Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, reminded the students
to be professional, respectful and accountable in their practice.
They should work with
passion to touch the lives of others, she added.
A total of 194
students were ushered into the white coats.
Mr. Rauf Audu,
Registrar, Pharmacy Council of Ghana, said the all Schools of Pharmacy had been
directed to make “Doctor of Pharmacy”, the minimum qualification for pharmacy