The New Times (Kigali)

15 January 2011

Rwanda: Medical Body to Focus On Skills Development

Rwanda Medical Council (RMC) plans to enforce compulsory skills development training In order to improve the efficiency of medical practitioners in the country, a top official has said.

Dr. Innocent Gakwaya, the president of RMC, said that if all goes well, a new law governing medical practice, which has been forwarded to parliament, health workers will have to undergo regular training.

"Junior or senior practitioners will have to train and their performance will act as a scorecard that will determine their continuity in service or disqualification in case of incompetence," Gakwaya said in an interview.

RMC, a national body responsible for registering medical practitioners and representing the interests of doctors across the country, is reported to have, in the past, disqualified some of its members for alleged professional misconduct.

According to Gakwaya, the on-the job training programme will be conducted in a manner that will not interfere with their (medical practitioners) day-to-day activities.

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