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Basajjabalaba to build medical school in Kenya

Despite the recent strikes at Kampala International University, the Kenyan health minister is holding talks with the university’s proprietor to open a medical school in Kenya.

During a visit at the university’s western campus this month in Ishaka, Bushenyi district, Prof Peter Anyang Nyong’o said he was impressed by the medical school’s infrastructure. He added that despite his country having eight medical schools, three of which are privately owned, it needs 35 medical schools.

Kenyan students constitute 30% of 3,500 students at the medical school in Ishaka. The deputy vice chancellor of KIU western campus, Sadiq Yusuf, said two medical schools have been approved and are due to begin in January 2011.

The new medical schools, one in Kenya and another in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, will start with paramedical courses. The students would then transfer to the western campus in Ishaka.

The former minister of Health, Capt Mike Mukula, said KIU teaching hospital has the highest number of patient beds in Uganda with 1,200; while Mulago Hospital, a national referral hospital has 1,000 and Butabika has 906.

After KIU teaching hospital becomes fully operational, it would be the biggest health facility in Uganda and one of the biggest in the East African community.

The teaching hospital became operational in 2007 and its pioneer doctors graduated this November, said Yusuf.

wmuhwezi@yahoo.com

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