Busitema University Faculty of Health Sciences Opens In Mbale

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Elisha Obella, the Academic Registrar Busitema University says the faculty is boosted by the human resource at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, which has 25 specialists.

Busitema University has finally opened a medical campus at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, six years after it was approved by parliament. In 2007, parliament approved a proposal by the university to open a medical campus at at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital to enable medical students have practical and internship at the Hospital.
 
This is aimed addressing the shortages of doctors in the greater Eastern and Northern Uganda. However, the project failed to kick off as planned following the failure by government to avail the required 7.5 billion shillings for the establishment of the campus.  However, on 28th September, the University’s Faculty of Health Sciences was officially opened.
 
Peace Balala, the University’s Public Relations Officer says the faculty currently offers Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery programs. 52 of the 58 students admitted to the program have already registered. Elisha Obella, the Academic Registrar Busitema University says the faculty is boosted by the human resource at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, which has 25 specialists.
 
He says they have been allocated training space at TASO Mbale offices as well as at the Regional Blood Bank in Mbale. Obella is optimistic that the medical school will boost the production and hopefully retention of medical doctors in Uganda for equitable access to medical services. The establishment of the faculty in Mbale has been welcomed by various stakeholders.

Jacob Richards Opolot, the Vice chairperson of the parliamentary Committee on Education and Sports observes that the University’s Medical School will play a pivotal role in addressing the shortage of doctors in the region. He stressed the need to lobby for financial support from development partners to boost the activities at the campus.

Earlier on Prof. Mary Okwakol, the Vice Chancellor Bustima University told Uganda Radio Network that they have all they need operate the faculty. The opening of Busitema University Medical School brings to four the number of medical schools in the country. Others are Makerere University School of medicine, Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Gulu University. A number of private universities have also started medical training programs.
 
  

 

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