The graduation is being held before the licensure examination, which is scheduled to take place in February this year. The ceremonies span three days.
Speaking at the first session of the graduation ceremony in Kumasi, the Vice-Chancellor of KNUST, Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso, explained that there is a requirement for students of the Ministry of Health Training Institutions who are preparing for the professional examinations to first pass the terminal examination and graduate with the diploma certificate before writing the licensure exams.
This, he noted, will give ample time for the graduates to prepare well for the professional exams and hopefully increase their pass rates.
Prof Obiri Danso said a number of healthcare professionals in a country is an indicator of the health status of that nation. Therefore, KNUST is ready to collaborate with other institutions to address challenges of accessibility in the country's health sector.
He announced that through its partnership with the Ministry of Health Training Institutions, the first batch of certificate holders have acquired their diploma certificates and gone on to write their profession examination, for which over 85 per cent of them passed and have moved to the professional stream to pursue their careers.
Also, as part of their regular nursing and midwifery programmes, KNUST is also mentoring the affiliated institutions in other programmes such as nutrition, dietetics, obstetrics and environment health, adding that patronage of the programmes are growing steadily.
He commended the health training institutions affiliated to KNUST for being responsive to their various reviews, expert advice and recommendations. A representative from the Ministry of Health,
Mrs Cynthia Jojome urged to the graduates to put the knowledge and training into good use and make their impact be felt by the patients.