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64 Gulu University Medical Interns Take Ethics Oath

As an important step in becoming a doctor, medical students must take the Hippocratic Oath, promising to first, do no harm but focus on the role as physicians to treat the ill to the best of their ability, preserve patients privacy and secrecy of medicine.
25 Jun 2021 06:55
Some of the 1,513 students at the 15th graduation ceremony of Gulu University on Saturday 11, January 2020 - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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64 medical interns under the Faculty of Medicine at Gulu University have taken the Hippocratic Oath binding them to the ethical conduct of medical practitioners.

As an important step in becoming a doctor, medical students must take the Hippocratic Oath, promising to first, do no harm but focus on the role as physicians to treat the ill to the best of their ability, preserve patients privacy and secrecy of medicine.

The event came just a week after the University management indefinitely postponed its 16th graduation ceremony amidst a surge in COVID-19 cases across the country. The University graduation which was scheduled for June 19, 2021, was postponed for fear that the current surge in the COVID-19 transmission could undermine the safety of the graduands.

Dr Felix Kaducu, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine says that the management reached the consensus to administer the Hippocratic Oath for the finalist medical students to enable them to enter the world of work and bridge the gap created by a shortage of medical personnel at a time when a deadly virus has put the world on its knees.

He added that the global pandemic has strained the health sector's human resource prompting a need for fresh and qualified graduates to reinforce care delivery.

The function held on Thursday was officiated by the University Vice-Chancellor Prof. George Openyjuru Ladaah. The University’s Assistant Public Relations Officer James Ojok Onono says the oath will now enable the finalists to officially practice their profession to save humanity as they wait an appropriate time to graduate.

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According to the Uganda Annual health sector performance report 2014/2015, Uganda had a total of 81,982 health workers employed in the health sector. The number of medical doctors was estimated at 4,811, accounting for 6 per cent of the total health workforce in the country.

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