The Ghana Medical and Dental Council has inducted 16 newly-qualified Dental Surgeons of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Dental School, to help improve dental healthcare.
This was at the Fourth Oath-Swearing and Induction Ceremony of the Dental School, Kumasi, over the weekend, bringing to 42 the number of Dental Surgeons trained so far by the School since its establishment in 2012.
The KNUST Dental School was borne out of the School of Medical Sciences (SMS) as part of efforts by the University to expand its frontiers in medical education.
Professor Francis Adu Ababio, Dean of the Dental School, charged the inductees to be committed to duty, advising them to always demonstrate humility, discipline and respect for their patients and senior colleagues.
Prof Ababio also told them to embrace team work in the discharge of their duties to help address dental-related diseases for the well being of the people.
Prof Ababio said training Dental Surgeons was capital-intensive and also technologically-driven, and as such demanded massive investment in dentistry.
Stakeholders, he noted, ought to come on board to improve the infrastructural base of the School, saying the three-fold increase in admissions did not in any way match up with the academic facilities at the School.
The Dean said given the required academic facilities and personnel, the School could achieve many breakthroughs in dentistry to further boost the reputation of the KNUST.
Touching on the KNUST Teaching Hospital project, Prof Ababio disclosed that plans were far advanced to create a unit for the Clinical Dentistry Programme when the project was completed to augment training of the students. GNA