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Mukono Based Medical Institute Opts for in-house Internship

The Institute Rector Peter Bbosa says that they previously sent their students to 20 training hospitals which currently have limited space to accommodate staff and training students. As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, person-to-person interactions are limited, as well as congregations and contact with other persons.
Bishop Emeritus Dr Mathias Ssekamanya arriving to preside over the fifth graduation ceremony of St Francis School of Health Sciences, Mukono.

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St Francis School of Health Sciences in Mukono district start has opted for an in-house internship for its learners following restrictions that came with the outbreak of COVID-19.

The Institute Rector Peter Bbosa says that they previously sent their students to 20 training hospitals which currently have limited space to accommodate staff and training students. As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, person-to-person interactions are limited, as well as congregations and contact with other persons.

An internship provides students with professional work experience in a structured environment with assistance from experts. They are assigned with mentors and school-based internship coordinators to advise them on how to navigate particular worksite cultures on top of interacting with other experienced workers.

Dr Bbosa says that they had to adapt to changes brought by the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis and instead built a hospital set up at the school, using videos for expert input, to give students an assimilation experience. He was speaking at the institution’s fifth graduation ceremony held on Friday, where 256 students graduated with diplomas in various medical disciplines.

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But the Senior Quality Assurance Officer in Charge of Education and Training at the Allied Health Professionals Council, Buruhan Muzige says that much as these schools have demonstration rooms for practical lessons, students are entitled to internships in training hospitals. Muzige says they are yet to start inspection of all the medical institution at the beginning of September.

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Daisy Kwagala, who graduated with a Diploma in Public Health says during the school recess period some of them got a chance working with organizations in line with their professions.

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Meanwhile, the Bishop Emeritus of Lugazi Diocese Dr Mathias Ssekamanya cautioned graduates against moral dilemmas compromising their ethical standards at workplaces. Bishop Ssekamanya said that  during his time as an active bishop of both Kampala and Lugazi, he observed various medical practitioners surrendering to temptations causing moral harm contrary to their call.

According to him, medical workers end up taking bribes, revealing patients’ secrets on top using poor attitude towards patients than serving with generosity and humanity.

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