11 August 2010

Uganda: Kiu Western Campus Outs First Batch of Doctors

The first batch of 23 medical doctors trained at Kampala International University, Western campus, Ishaka in Bushenyi, has been sent out for internship. They were sworn in on Monday at a function presided over by the Minister for Disaster Preparedness, Prof. Tarsis Kabwegyere, who is also the chairman of the university's governing council.

According to the university authorities, they will graduate in November. The date for their graduation has not yet been set. "Your profession is in a more godly area. You need to be careful when handling clients," Prof. Kabwegyere said.

Eighty-four students started the medicine course in 2004 but only 23 managed to complete. According to sources at the university, some changed courses, others dropped out because they could not afford tuition fees while others were expelled due to misconduct.

The doctors

Out of the 23, only six are Ugandans while the rest are international students especially from Kenya. Prof. Kabwegyere called on residents of Bushenyi District to enroll for medical courses at the university.

The head of the KIU medical school, Prof. Jonathan Nshaho, called upon the new doctors to be ethical and committed to their work.The university was started in 2001. Its main campus is located on Kasanga-Ggaba Road in Kampala.

The medical school is affiliated to Masaka and Kitagata hospitals to enable medical students acquire knowledge about treatment of diseases easily. It is also affiliated to health centres such as Kaganda, Kilembe and Bwera.

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