KIU, Western Campus – President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has approved finalists pursuing health-related courses at Kampala International University and other health training institutions in the country to resume school on September 28, according to a communication from the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).
The communication, which was made in a letter dated September 1, 2020, and signed by the Executive Director for NCHE Mary Okwakol, means that finalist students at Uganda’s hub of science at KIU Western Campus in Ishaka, Bushenyi will be allowed to sit their final exams and complete their internships, subject to following the Ministry of Health Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which are already in place at the institution.
The categories of students who will benefit from the directive are;
1. Finalist students undertaking training at Bachelors level in Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Nursing, Midwifery, Dental Surgery, Pharmacy and Allied Medical Professionals.
2. Finalist Postgraduate students on health-related programmes.
3. Postgraduate students (doctors, nurses and midwives) who are qualified and are already health practitioners.
4. Finalists undertaking training at Diploma level in different disciplines.
According to the letter, the decision was informed by the need to fill the gap that could occur in the country’s health sector, if interns are not allowed to complete their courses.
“The Government of the Republic of Uganda has addressed itself to the fact that Medical interns provide significant service in hospitals and health centres in the country,” the letter reads.
“It has been noted that the current interns will complete their programme soon, and a new team would ordinarily be expected to take over from them. If the internship period is not followed, there will be a gap, which could lead to a gap in the health sector,” the letter adds.