The College of Health Sciences (CHS) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has held the “2022 CHS Excellence Awards Ceremony” on Friday 18th March 2022 at the Great Hall. The event aims at appreciating hard-working staff, students and prominent alumni who have distinguished themselves in various disciplines.
The Provost of the College, Professor Christian Agyare, in his welcome address revealed that the College continues to play an overarching role in expanding access to higher education and strives to carve a niche by ensuring that the health and professional needs of students and stakeholders are considered in the training of health professionals. This, he explained, could not be achieved without the support of the noble and hardworking staff and alumni that is why it is necessary to honour them.
Professor Agyare also explained that recognition is the backbone of Success for every endeavour. He added that the College rides on this premise to motivate its staff, students, and selected alumni to continually excel in their fields. “We introduce 3 new categories (innovation, research, and community engagement) to recognise our students who are performing well and staff who are conducting impactful research,” he said.
Professor Agyare expressed his gratitude to the University Management, especially the Vice-Chancellor and sponsors who assisted in diverse ways to improve service delivery in the areas of teaching, research, and community engagement. He noted that the College has always been the best and first in terms of research output. He, therefore, called on industry to partner with the College to highlight challenges they are faced with and conduct research that will improve service delivery in the Country. He indicated that KNUST as a research-intensive institution is keen on the provision of ground-breaking industry-ready solutions that positively impact the lives individuals in society, with the support of its alumni.
The special guest of honour, Professor (Mrs.) Rita Akosua Dickson, the Vice-Chancellor of KNUST, in her speech acknowledged the efforts of the College and all the awardees to collectively push the mandate of KNUST. “It is good that the College has set a time like this to grow the culture of celebrating excellence and hard work. For this, I applaud the CHS and the provost. When you give recognition to people and recognised their hard work and the value, they add to ensure that we stay on our mandate as a University, it goes a long way to motivate others to also work up to expectations,” she stated.
The following are the awardees:
Dr. John Humphrey Amuasi, Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health, won two awards under the “Best Senior Member (Research) and “Best Senior Member (Service and Innovation) categories. Other awardees were: Mrs. Benedicta Kwakye, Best Senior Member (Non-Teaching Staff); Professor Sam Kofi Newton, Best Senior Member (Teaching, Professorial Rank); Dr. Wisdom K. Mprah, Best Senior Member (Teaching); Ms. Faustina Nkegbe as the Best Senior Staff and Mr. Joseph Idun, Best Junior Staff (School of Public Health). Professor Joslin Alexei Dogbe, (School of Medicine and Dentistry); Naomi Gyamfi (School of Public Health), Pharm. Dr. Hamidu Abdulai (Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences); Dr. Benjamin Kissi Sasu (School of Veterinary Medicine); Ms. Eva Nkansah (Faculty of Allied Health Sciences) won the Best Alumni award.
Richard Aboagye of the School of Public Health was named Overall Best Student (academic), while Master Kwadwo Agyapong Opoku was named Best Student from the School of Veterinary Medicine; Master Daniel Danso Aboagye was named Best Student from the School of Medicine and Dentistry; and Master Del, Silvio Owusu–Pharm D was named Best Student from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences).
The following students were also named on the list: Master Amoadu, Robert – Herbal Medicine (Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences); Prince Taxa (BSc. Physiotherapy And Sports Science); Tamakloe Valentine Christian Kodzo Tsatsu (BSc. Medical Lab. Tech); Fredua Agyeman Emmanuel (BSc. Medical Imaging); Adu Danso Juliana (BSc. Nursing); Asantewaa Mary (BSc. Midwifery); and Appiah Edith Ruth BSc (BSc. Emergency Nursing). The Best Pre-Clinical Student award went to Francis Okyere. Hannah Ocran, Dr. Asare Bediako, Asare-Bediako Kwasi Owusu, Otoo Nana Safo, and Mr Ransford Asamoah were recognized in the category of "Best Entrepreneurial Students."
For the “Best Community Engagement Students'' category, Mawugbe Magdalene, Daniel Abiliba, Abubakar Abdramani, Bismark Issifu and Samantha Kathsande received awards. Also, Favour Peters, Ludwig Albert Nortey Botchway, Bio Ransford, Ofosu Benjamin Bekoe and Mr Brown Eleazarkofi Mensah were adjudged “Best Innovation Students”.