Uphold professionalism, put patients first, medics told

03Dec 2019
Crispin Gerald
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Uphold professionalism, put patients first, medics told

MEDICAL doctors have been urged to put the citizens and country’s interests ahead of their own and to uphold professional ethics, if the health sector is to meet the expectations of the masses.

Prof Charles Mgone

Vice chancellor of Hubert Kairuki Memorial University (HKMU) Prof Charles Mgone made the call over the weekend in Dar es Salaam when speaking during the 17th graduation ceremony for HKMU.

He called upon the medics to consider rules, regulations and best ethical practices in the provision of health services which they are going to execute in their working place.

“As a university, we’re  expecting that every graduate will be a good ambassador by providing health services to people in and outside the country,” he said.

According to him, the university has produced 509 graduates compared to last year where there were 290.

"This increase in number of graduates reflects the wide demand of health staffs in the country," he added.

Mgone explained that health services are one of major aspects in people's lives that needs a person who is well trained and ethical enough to render the service effectively.

"This is why we are working hard to increase the number of students in health sector in order to support the government’s initiatives of making sure every health centre is having enough health staffs, " he explained.

He said that out of 509 graduates, 32 graduated with Certificates in Nursing, 210 graduated with Diploma in Nursing, 56 graduated with degree in Nursing. About 201 graduated with bachelor degree in physician, eight graduated with masters in physician, one graduated with Masters in social work and one graduated with Masters in public health science.

Mgone further said that the university has set aside a plot at Bunju area in Dar es Salaam to build the state-of-the-art university by using own resources that will be able to accommodates large number of scholars both within and outside the country.

"This is because HKMU has been accredited as one of best university to produce competent health experts the record that attract foreigners to come and study in the university," Mgone added.

Acting chancellor of the university John Ulanga said the university is once again providing it's contribution to the country health sector by releasing more than 500 health experts who are able to influence changes in their community.

"The graduates are ought to provide exemplary services to the public as taught in the class," Ulanga said.

He added that in this year, females have scored high in the medical field than men, the situation increases competition among them to get more professionals.

According to Ulanga, the plan to extend the campus is in the pipeline as structural design and recruitment of experts for construction is already done.

He urged the graduates to make good use of expertise and knowledge they get from the university to help the society effectively.

Hubert Kairuki Memorial University (HKMU) was established in 1997, being among the first private universities to be accredited in Tanzania in the year 2000, it has since then received local, regional and international recognition.

It was the idea of Prof Hubert C.M Kairuki and his wife Kokushubira Kairuki to establish the university, moved by the situation in Tanzania after independence in 1961 whereby diseases, poverty and ignorance were declared the country's key enemies.

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