Part of the consignment worth 1.46 Billion Shillings shall be delivered to training hospitals that are used by UCU students for internship training. They include Mengo, Namirembe, Mukono General Hospital and the Allan Galpin Health Center II-AGHCII, the university’s health facility.
Uganda Christian University- UCU has acquired new equipment for the
school of medicine and dentistry to support the learning of students.
Part of the consignment worth 1.46 Billion Shillings shall be
delivered to training hospitals that are used by UCU students for internship
training. They include Mengo, Namirembe, Mukono General Hospital and the Allan
Galpin Health Center II-AGHCII, the university’s health facility.
The equipment includes ten dental suites and twelve dental phantom heads. A
dental suite covers among others gloves, hand instruments, face masks,
toothbrushes, anaesthetics solutions, imaging devices, dental chairs and
CAD/CAM systems software used to design and finish prototypes.
Dr James Magala, the UCU Dean of Dentistry says they lacked
adequate equipment to run the operations of the department. He notes that most
of this equipment shall help students especially finalists.
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The National Council for Higher Education authorized UCU to admit only ten
dentistry students each academic year.
However, Last year, in February, the university had been directed to halt
admissions until September over the lack of appropriate infrastructure and equipment.
This followed the third joint inspection of medical and dental schools and
teaching hospitals in Uganda carried out from 10 to 14 February 2020 by the
East African Community-EAC Joint National Medical and Dental Practitioners’
The inspection reviewed areas of governance and management, academic programs,
human resource, student affairs, infrastructure, monitoring, and evaluation of
programs, research and innovation.
The university has also secured extra equipment such as walking aids and paediatric
apparatus from Uganda Christian University Partners, a non-profit charitable
organization in the United States .
Dr Gerald Tumusiime, the UCU Dean School of Medicine says most of
their students have been complaining about the lack of adequate equipment for
practical training in the hospitals.
“We are sure the new equipment is going to boost the skills lab where students
can train before experimenting the real life. Most of the hospitals only have the
equipment to handle patients but not enough for students to practice.” Dr
Dr John Kitayimbwa, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in Charge of Academics says the
university considered investing in medical school to comply with requirements
for the supervising entities such as NCHE and the East African Community-EAC
Joint National Medical and Dental Practitioners’ Council.