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Dr. Belinda Danso Emerges As the Overall Best Pharmacist

Saturday, 1 September 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Paul Owusu Donkor
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Dr. Belinda Danso Emerges As the Overall Best Pharmacist


The first batch of PharmD degree holders from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have successfully completed their professional qualifying examinations, with one of them, Dr. Belinda Danso, emerging as the overall best newly qualified Pharmacist. A total of 145 persons (73 males, 72 females) out of the 157 PharmD degree holders who sat for the 2018 Ghana Pharmacy Professional Qualifying Examinations passed the exam.

Congratulations to Dr. Belinda Danso on winning the John Ocran Award for being the Overall Best Candidate in the 2017 GPPQE

Dr. Belinda Danso swept both the John Ocran Award, for being the overall best candidate, and the Pharmacy Practice Award. She received certificates and a cash prize for each award. The John Ocran Award was instituted by the West African Post Graduate College of Pharmacists, in recognition of the immense contribution of John Ocran to the development of Pharmacy.


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278 Newly Qualified and Registered Pharmacists Inducted

All hail the first batch of PharmD graduates!


The Road to Becoming a Pharmacist

Dr. Danso began her elementary education at the Pentecost Preparatory School in Koforidua. She had always wanted to be an artist since she found drawing things around her fulfilling. Consequently, she applied to read Visual Arts at St. Roses Senior High School. In her first term, she excelled and was admonished by her tutors to read General Science. Upon completion of her High School education, Dr. Danso confesses that she was convinced about a career in the health sciences. She applied to the University of Ghana to read Nursing. In her first week at the Nursing School, she received admission from KNUST to read Pharmacy. She followed the call to read Pharmacy out of her desire to understand medicines and know how they are made.

In the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Danso says that she was greatly inspired by Prof. Anto Berko, who taught her courses in Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacy. She found Prof. Anto Berko as a result-oriented lecturer with an amiable personality. In her final year project, Dr. Danso manufactured a hand sanitiser and assessed the effectiveness of her product against fifteen (15) hand sanitisers used in Ghana. She is confident that the results of her study (unpublished) encourages her to venture into pharmaceutical manufacturing in the future.

Dr. Belinda Danso being ushered into the pharmacy profession by Mr. Ben Botwe, president of the PSGH. Mrs. Martha Gyansa-Lutterodt (Chief Pharmacist) and Dr. Anarfi Asamoah-Baah (Retired Deputy Director-General, WHO) look on.

 A Look Into The Future

Dr. Belinda Danso agrees with government that the pharmaceutical sector is an essential ingredient for the industrial and economic development of Ghana. She believes that with the right support and facilities, more Pharmacists will venture into pharmaceutical manufacturing. Although she sees herself practising as a hospital pharmacist, her long-term plans are to be actively involved in industrial practice.