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Mak Needs UGX 1.4bn to Operationalise Dental School :: Uganda Radionetwork

Mak Needs UGX 1.4bn to Operationalise Dental School

Members of Parliament sitting on the education committee have learnt that Makerere University’s Dental Schools requires Shillings 1.4 billion budgetary allocation to install all required equipment for the facility to become fully functional.
16 Apr 2019 19:24
Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe appearing before Parliament's Education Committee.

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Makerere University requires 1.4 billion shillings to operationalise the dental school.

This was disclosed by the University Secretary, Charles Barugahare while appearing before Members of Parliament on the Education Committee. The officials led by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe were discussing their budget estimates for the coming financial year 2019/2020.

Barugahare told the committee chaired by Pallisa County MP Jacob Opolot that the university in the 2018/2019 financial year procured and installed 12 dental chairs worth 330 million shillings. 

According to Barugahare, the requirements for the dental school currently need 1.37 billion shillings but government has only availed 400 million shillings in the coming financial year 2019/2020.

Part of the required 1.37 billion, Shilling 130 million is to procure dental chair accessories, 72 million Shillings to renovate and remodel custodian house to turn it into a dental technology lab, 230 million to construct a temporally shade for patients reception, canteen, lecture space and stores and others.

The others are 17 million for shifting and installation of 11 old dental chairs from Mulago Allied Health, 400 million for 20 new phantom heads for practical, 120 million for dental school and staff furniture and 400 million for prosthetic dental lab equipment.

The Dental School train dentistry students and efforts to improve it started in the 2016/2017 financial year with initial budgetary allocation of 200 million shillings.

The School has four specialist units including Orthodontics and Child health dentistry, Oral Maxillofacial unit, Restorative Dentistry and Dental Public Health and Periodontology. It is housed under the Don Bosco building.

The School currently has 17 academic staff out of which 8 are full-time staff, 3 part-time and 6 on contract. The University needs more 8 full-time staff under the school to meet the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council (UMDPC) standard ratio if 1:4. 

Opolot said that the allocation of 400 million shillings annual allocation to the dental school will not solve the issue. He said that the committee will recommend an additional 285 million shillings in the coming financial year so that the remaining money is allocated in the financial year 2020/2021.

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Makerere University has been allocated a budget of 16.5 billion shillings in the coming financial year 2019/2020 up from the current 269 billion.

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