Health graduates told to fight quacks

Monday December 22 2014

Graduates of International Health Sciences

Graduates of International Health Sciences University celebrate after being awarded degrees and diplomas at their new campus in Lubowa, Entebbe last Friday. PHOTO BY DOMINIC BUKENYA 

By PAUL TAJUBA

Kampala- Rtd assistant Kampala Bishop Zac Niringiye has advised graduates of International Health Sciences University (IHSU) to fight quacks and other unprofessional conducts in the health sector.

Bishop Niringiye said the country currently has “thieves” as leaders and many universities “are glorified secondary schools”, calling for a new breed of selfless professionals that will transform the country.

“In a country fraught with masqueraders, Uganda’s healthcare system is yearning for new cadre of managers and professionals that are different,” Bishop Niringiye said.

He was speaking as the guest of honour during the graduation ceremony of 350 health workers at IHSU’s new campus in Lubowa, on Entebbe Road last Friday.
Quoting reports on malnutrition and mortality rates in the country, the rights activist, urged the health workers to make a positive impact in their communities.

Justice Julia Ssebutinde, the university’s Chancellor, said: “We are confident that we have equipped the students with relevant skills to compete favourably and add value to the healthcare system. The 21st Century has no place for people who do not add value to their communities.”

She said since the graduates are trained in healthcare, finding a job should not be hard if they are willing to take up jobs countrywide.

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