Some of the Hurbert Kairuki Memorial University Doctor of Medicine graduands follow the proceedings during the graduation ceremony in Dar es Salaam.

Medical students have been urged to observe professionalism and ethics when serving patients in order to win their trust. The call was made in Dar es Salaam over the weekend by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Hubert Kairuki Memorial University (HKMU) Prof Keto Mshigeni at the 9th graduation ceremony.

A total of 187 students who graduated in various medical fields were awarded their degrees by HKMU chancellor Dr Salim Ahmed Salim. In a speech read on his behalf by acting vice-chancellor Prof. Paskalis Rugarabamu, Prof Mshigeni called on the graduates to treat their patients well.

“You have to treat all patients equally regardless of their status, education, gender and geographical locations,” he insisted. He said a total of 856 graduates have studied at the University for the past nine years and are now employed in various government and private hospitals.

They come from various countries including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Zambia, Namibia, United Kingdom and Nigeria and are rendering healthcare services in their respective countries. He said this year; the University has enrolled a total of 189 students in various courses, adding that 57 percent of them are women and 43 percent men.

In a move to increase the number of students and performance, last year the university signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Global Health Alliance of Western Australia (Ghawa) for exchange of students and workers between the institutions. He mentioned other organisations with which they have been working together as the Tanzania Industrial Research Development Organisation (Tirdo) and the Commission for Science and Technology (Costech).

HKMU first opened its doors to the public in August, 1997 as a small but dynamic and specialized private African University, with its initial focus on healthcare-related disciplines. Health experts say the government has to increase the number of institutions training doctors to meet the increasing demand. They say the major reason for its establishment was to reduce the shortage of healthcare professionals in Tanzania through the training of doctors and nurses at diploma, degree and postgraduate levels.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN

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