Dr. Patrick Mburugu and Dr. Justus Simba, who are Senior Lecturers from the Department of Child Health and Paediatrics, made history by publishing and launching Victoria Pediatrics Case Book, the first academic course book in the College of Health Sciences (CoHES) at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
The momentous occasion, was celebrated in pomp and color by the JKUAT community and other distinguished guests drawn from various universities and the health sector on Thursday June, 29 2021 at the main campus.
Speaking during the event, the Chief Officer of Health Kiambu County, Dr. Patrick Nyaga, hailed the CoHES staff and students as outstanding, characterized by their high-quality standards in service delivery. He urged health care workers to be self-sufficient across the board lauding the launch of the book as a positive step towards self-reliance in terms of authorship.
“We as Kiambu County are proud to be associated with CoHES and can attest with confidence to the fact that JKUAT is an excellent choice and our number one collaborating partner in training professionals in the health care industry,” said, Dr. Nyaga
In her remarks, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, Vice Chancellor, JKUAT and the luminary of Victoria Pediatrics Case Book, commended the impressive authorship that matches the African setup terming it a huge milestone.
The Vice Chancellor noted that the publication of the book would go a long way in helping health care practitioners in the East African region and beyond access the requisite knowledge and skills to handle conditions affecting children.
“I must admit that this is an important day for me as well because the authors disclosed to me that I was the inspiration behind this book. Thank you for the great honor. On behalf of JKUAT fraternity I congratulate the team for their outstanding job in publishing a book that adds momentum to JKUAT’s quest to set trends in higher education, research, innovation and entrepreneurship,” said an elated Prof. Ngumi.
Victoria Pediatrics Case Book, whose title was influenced by the leadership of Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, is a case guided book where a practical scenario of a patient is laid out and readers are asked to name the condition and manage the child appropriately. The book discusses the befitting methods of managing a child patient.
Dr. Mburugu, a pediatrician and acclaimed Fellow especially in HIV research, and the University’s Acting Chief Medical Officer, expressed his gratitude to those who played crucial roles during the publishing process which was marked by enlightening moments and tight deadlines amid an already hectic schedule.
In a similar fashion, Dr. Simba, whose exemplary dedication in Pediatric Respiratory Medicine has earned him the National Treasurer seat at Kenya Pediatric Association, thanked his colleagues, mentors, and clients who helped in achieving the success of the final product as he recounted the authorship journey which started in June 2020.
The writing of the book was a collaboration between the two principal authors and their mentees, a decision Dr. Mburugu and Dr. Simba noted, such a cohesive effort would enable the documentation of vast knowledge that would serve students, academia and other professionals, as well as help to hone the leadership skills of the young mentees for the benefit and transformation of the healthcare industry.
This effort was appreciated by Ms. Leah Kamara, a sixth-year medical student from CoHES, who said, the book demonstrated the power of teamwork and professionalism. In appreciating the sacrifices made by the authors to actualize the journey, Ms. Kamara said, the book would enhance the body of knowledge in Pediatrics and would be a constant reference reading material in the clinical rotations.
Present during the function included; Prof. David Mburu, Principal College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Prof. Haroun Mengech, Principal of College and Health Sciences, Dr. Reuben Thuo, Dean School of Medicine, and Dr. Joseph Mwangi Matheri, Chairperson Department of Rehabilitative Sciences, who was also the master of ceremony.