The College of Science (CoS), Department of Optometry and Visual Science and the Optometry Students’ Association of Ghana of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have held 4th White Coat Ceremony for sixty-eight (68) students of the Class of 2023.
The Head of Department of Optometry and Visual Science, Dr. Nana Yaa Koomson, in her welcome address explained the significance of the ‘White Coat’ as a special ceremony held to usher students into clinical phase of their studies.
Speaking on the theme, ‘Expansion of Primary Eye Care in Ghana; The Role of Stakeholders, Government and Private Institutions,’ the Provost of the College of Science, Professor Leonard K. Amekudzi observed that, the Optometry profession is a very noble one and must be practiced by qualified professionals. He mentioned that the human eye is one of the vital parts of the human body and must be handled with utmost care. Professor Amekudzi cautioned the students to show seriousness in their practical skills as they begin the clinical phase of their studies. The provost complimented the College’s role as a prominent force in student leadership and national engagements over the years.
The Vice Dean of the Faculty of Biosciences, Professor Mrs. Antonio Yarney Tetteh, advised the students to seize the opportunity to visit their learning laboratories if the need arises because that will help them adjust with new knowledge and technologies.
Professor Yarney Tetteh further encouraged the students to develop team building skills which will open doors for them as they journey into their profession as Professional Optometrists.
Lawyer Georgina Opoku Amankwah, took the students through the Optometric Oath.