Professor Jojoba explains that Makerere College of Health Sciences is ranked second in Africa and number 250 globally whose integrity in producing quality medical practioners remains unrivalled. He says there is need for more dialogue with the Medical and Dental Practitioners’ Council to harmonise their differences.
Two Professors are battling it out for the top leadership
of Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS). They are Damalie Nakanjako, a Professor of
Medicine and Dean of the School of Medicine, Moses Joloba, a Professor of
Molecular Biology, Immunology and Microbiology and Dean of the School of
Dr. Isaac Kajja, an associate professor of
Orthopedics and transfusion specialist is unopposed candidate for the position
of deputy principal. Prof. Nakanjako and Prof. Jalob are vying to replace Charles
Ibingira, whose term as Principal College of Health Sciences has ended.
They are coming at the time when the College is
experiencing challenges of examination malpractices and being highlighted by
professional bodies as a non-compliant. This compelled professional bodies to
sanction the college including having their graduates subjected to special
The contenders expressed their desire
to improve the relations of the College and the professional bodies as the
Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council (UMDPC) in an interview with
URN. Last year, the East African Community Medical and Dental Practitioners'
Council said students graduating from Makerere University Dental School will
have to sit an exam before they are allowed to practice dentistry in any East
African Community (EAC) Member State.
The decision came after the school decided to
reopen against the recommendation of the Medical and Dental Practitioners'
Council that the school remains closed until it fulfills all staff and
equipment requirements pointed out by the regional council.
The communication caused uproar from across the
country including various stakeholders such the Education and Health Ministries
and Parliament. However, Professor Jojoba says there are market forces trying
to influence the professional body against the college.
Professor Jojoba explains that Makerere College
of Health Sciences is ranked second in Africa and number 250 globally whose
integrity in producing quality medical practioners remains unrivalled. He says
there is need for more dialogue with the Medical and Dental Practitioners’ Council
to harmonise their differences.
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According to Dr. Kajja, there is need for a
better working relationship between the institution and the professional
bodies. He emphasises the need for timely engagements with various partners to
avoid such over shots. Dr. Kajja discloses that once these
relations are not mended; there is a likelihood of continued deterioration of
the public confidence in the institution that is at the helm of training medics
in the country.
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Professor Nakanjako says the professional bodies provide
regulation and certification of an out of training service and that their work
needs to be applauded and supported.
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She says they are confident that even if the
medical and dental practitioners’ bodies provide exams for accreditation, their
students would pass them highly since they have done so elsewhere in Europe,
the US and South Africa where Makerere medical graduates are currently serving.
“Examinations for accreditation do not mean that we have poor
quality and we cannot antagonize professional exams but our trainees are able
to pass these exams highly. Because out trainees go and do professional exams
in the UK, the US in South Africa and they pass them so we are not worried,”
Professor Nakanjako says.
All candidates expressed support for the university’s zero
tolerance to sexual harassment and offered to resign if any of them was
implicated and was in a position of authority. The College of
Health Sciences is a flagship college for Makerere University with a total of
2,891 students, 31 undergraduate programs and 13 graduate programmes.
The search Committee led by Counsel Kiryowa Kiwanuka is
expected to deliver its report to senate and council for approval by February.
Other members of the search committee include Associate Professor Tumps Ireeta,
Doreen Nyanjura and Dr S.P. Kagoda.
Kiryowa said the search committee selected another team of
professionals external to Makerere University who include Micheal Mabonga
Wambi, Dr. Edgar Kateshumbwa and Hilda Twongyeire.