The East African Community Medical and Dental Board docked at JKUAT, Tuesday, January 19, 2016, to inspect the preparedness of JKUAT School of Medicine for regional accreditation. The team, with representatives from five East African countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi is led by Prof. David Ngassapa of Tanzania, the Board Chairman.
The Inspection team is composed of the chairmen of all the Medical and Dentists Councils, their CEOs or registrar, representatives from the Commission of University education and the ministry responsible for East African affairs and Health of the respective countries.
The board’s main trust is to evaluate the teaching facilities in terms of lecture halls and laboratories, lecturer-student ratio and patient load in the teaching hospitals. The purpose is to ascertain whether the University complies with the developed regional guidelines that were approved by the Ministers of health from the East African Community.
Welcoming the officials to the University, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga lauded the team and expressed optimism that the exercise will be useful in guiding JKUAT to benchmark in medical training and research in the region.
Prof. Imbuga also informed the team that JKUAT has set aside funds to support research, capacity building and infrastructure development at the School of Medicine.
“The researchers from the School of Medicine also collaborate with their counterparts from ICT and engineering to come up with health care services that suit the needs of a dynamic world,” added Prof. Imbuga.
The team comprised of Prof. George Magoha, Chair Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board, Dr. Daniel Yumba, C.E.O Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board, Dr. Emmanuel Rudakemwa, C.E.O Rwanda Medical and Dentist Council, Dr. Crloe Noayikunda, Minister of Health, Burundi, Prof. Joel Okullo, Chair Uganda Medical Dentist and Practitioners Council, Dr. Semeni Mohamed, Zanzibar Medical Council and Sarah Were, Regional Training Coordinator Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board.