KIU, Western Campus – Prof. Patrick Ogwang, the brains behind wonder COVID-19 drug Covidex has urged KIU new medical students to “build a strong ethical foundation” with their new start in the field of medical training.
This was during the White Coat Ceremony, a ritual in medical school to welcome new students into the field, held in The Conference Hall of KIU Teaching Hospital on March 29.
“The medical profession is meant to serve humanity through humanism and patient healthcare but not to extort money from the patients we are meant to care about,” Prof. Ogwang told the over 650 students in attendance.
He also urged every student to embrace professional training and acquire all the necessary skills required for better future practice.
Prof. Ogwang was the chief guest at the ceremony, which was being held for the first time since 2020 due to the COVID-19 lockdowns.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor KIU Western Campus, in his message which was read by Dr. Mustapha Mundu, the Assistant Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academics and Research, (ADVC - A&R) commended the Association of Medical Students of KIU(AMSKIU) for their outstanding work in organizing the ceremony.
He told students that to be better healthcare practitioners, they need to have discipline right from their training in medical school.
According to the Public Relations Officer of AMSKIU, Oscar Melvin Gumisiriza, who was also the Chief Organizer, the evnt was held in conjunction with Gold Foundation UK.
He also told this website that pocket cards and lapel pins – an internationally recognized pin that represents a sign of humanism for everyone wearing it – were to be received by all attendees.
The ceremony was attended by among others, the Chief Administrative Officer of Bushenyi District on behalf of the Local Government, a team of 15 professors from KIU Western campus and the Chief Executive Officer of KIU Teaching Hospital and Prof. Mundu who represented the DVC.