The Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B., Ch.B.) degree programme offered by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has been accredited by the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (MPDB). The nod from the regulator comes months ahead of the graduation of the inaugural cohort of JKUAT medicine students.
Through certificates signed by MPDB Chairman, Prof. George Magoha and Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Yumbya, the Board has also certified Gatundu Level 5 Hospital as a teaching facility for JKUAT. The Board noted that JKUAT had met requisite curriculum and teaching facilities for the programme; besides deploying qualified personnel to run the course.
The news of accreditation comes barely a week after JKUAT School of Medicine was listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools; a feat that has amplified the global visibility of the school as a reputable source of qualified medical graduates.
Welcoming the accreditation, Principal College of Health Sciences, Prof. Haroun Mengech said it was a statement of quality education offered by the College. The Principal added that the College continues to attract and retain high caliber scholars in its effort to provide the best medical education.
“We will soon roll out postgraduate programmes in various specializations of medicine to further build capacity and support Kenya’s development aspirations with regards to healthcare,” Prof. Mengech said.
The Dean, School of Medicine, Dr. Reuben Thuo welcomed the accreditation, terming it a significant milestone for JKUAT in training medical students.
Dr. Thuo said the University had adopted a community based approach in teaching medicine students; characterized by early patient exposure and emphasis on applied research.
“We have also mainstreamed complementary areas such as health informatics, data analytics and GIS in healthcare in our curriculum,” Dr. Thuo said.
The first batch of JKUAT medicine students are already making international headlines with their innovative contribution to the country’s healthcare sector.
In August 2018, the United Kingdom based international organization, Theirworld.org, honoured a final year student, Stephen Odiwuor Ochieng, for his community initiative which seek to address the burden of malnutrition among children enrolled in early childhood development centers in Kenya.
Ochieng who was declared Hero of the Year in the Early Childhood Development category by the organization, believes JKUAT has effectively prepared him to face the dynamics of medical profession.
“I believe we receive the best education here at JKUAT. We learn how to identify problems and engineer innovative solutions. Our work has been recognized internationally,” said the Global Youth Ambassador for Theirworld.org.
Ochieng said his cohort is very pleased with the accreditation of the medicine course as it will allow them to seamlessly proceed on internship before seeking license to practice in Kenya.
JKUAT rolled out the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 2013 and is set to graduate the inaugural cohort comprising over 40 students in November 2019.