Students from South Dakota Visit KNUST

by Israel Boafo Bansah

Published: 30 May 2017 Source: University Relations Office (URO)

South Dakota Students

Students from South Dakota State University (SDSU) on a visit to the University have paid a courtesy call on the Pro-Vice Chancellor of KNUST. Their visit was to strengthen the friendship they have with KNUST.

The Pro-Vice Chancellor, Rev. Professor Charles Ansah, expressed his appreciation for their visit and their enthusiasm to know more about what KNUST was doing. He noted that the MoU their university had already signed with the University (KNUST) would go a long way to strengthen the mutual relations of both universities.

He hoped that both universities would agree on an exchange programme where students from KNUST would also pay them a visit and experience their mode of teaching.

From the Department of Biology and Microbiology, the students had the chance to embark on medical work at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.  Some of the students shared their experiences on their first day at the hospital. They realised that the most treated disease at the hospital was malaria which was one of the most deadly diseases in Africa. They appreciated the fact that a whole day was set aside to care for HIV patients.

Comparing the USA to Ghana, they said medical treatment was more expensive in Ghana than in the US. Again, patients could show up in Ghana at any time for medical check-ups while patients in the US needed an appointment before seeing a doctor. They believe that with an appointment the doctor would be able to allocate more time for the patients so as to assign proper treatment.

The delegation was led by Greg Heiberger and Marjoanne Thompson from the Department of Biology and Microbiology (SDSU).

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