There was pomp and pageantry as Kampala University School of Nursing and Health Sciences held its third graduation, while marking 11 years since inception.
The ceremonies saw 256 students graduate with certificates and diplomas in nursing and midwifery. The celebrations saw nurses commended for their roles in saving lives.
The chief guest, Beti Kamya, , also Kampala minister, urged those graduating on this occasion to use their skills to save even more lives.
“You should know that the present world has many problems; unemployment, poverty and, most importantly, unnecessary deaths in the absence of simple and almost costless health service,” she said
She added that the university would only be proud of them if they learnt how to use their power to change the world.
For his part, the vice chancellor, Prof Badru Kateregga, said nursing and midwifery was a call from God, which needs real integrity, respect and a holistic approach.
“Skilled health training is one of the major roles that this school greatly plays to the public, and that’s why we condemn all health workers who don’t treat patients with care and love,” said Prof Kateregga.
During the ceremony, 13 former students (who were there at the inception of the institution) received diplomas in nursing and a further two in midwifery.
Kateregga was at pains to emphasise that the students were trained according to entry qualifications stipulated by the education ministry, the Uganda National Medical Examinations Board and Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council in May 2013.