The University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Joseph Msambichaka made the announced over the weekend when Mbeya Regional Commissioner, Albert Chalamila toured the university.
Prof Msambichaka said that MUST launched course which is offered at Diploma level following reported shortage of medical equipment technicians in the country. He said the government was incurring costs to hire the specialists abroad.
“We have a serious shortage of such technicians in Tanzania. There is only one medical equipment engineer in Mbeya who works at all the health centres. This has been contributing to the delays in repairing the machines”, said the Vice Chancellor adding MUST is the first university to offer such a course.
He said despite the course being new in the country, a good number of students are undertaking it. He said there are less than 100 medical equipment technicians in the country.
Mbeya Regional Commissioner, Albert Chalamila commended the university for offering the course which will make the government not to hiring the specialists from abroad.
Chalamila urged the MUST to enrol many students at degree and Masters level because the demand keeps on increasing.
However, the students appealed to the government to improve the available university infrastructures especially roads.
President of the student organisation, Deogratius Machupa said most of the university roads are rough, and have never been repaired.