Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology is set to admit the first batch of students for Postgraduate in Anaesthetics programme in June 2016. This was revealed during a consultative meeting between top officers of the university and a team from the Slovakian Embassy in the Vice Chancellor’s Boardroom on Thursday, 22nd October 2015. 

The duo from Slovakia who comprised of Ms. Lucia Lackovu of Slovak Embassy and Prof. Benca Suras of St. Elizabeth University, Slovakia said that they are ready to partner with MMUST in ensuring that the School of Medicine takes off and benefits the local populace. 

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. FAO Otieno said that the entry of the Slovak partners is a major boost ahead of the admission of students in the School of Medicine. He welcomed the support from all partners towards realization of the dream of the Medical School in MMUST and termed it as a good move to ensure Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients, accident victims and patients who need to undergo surgical operations are treated.

The VC stressed that development is part of the MMUST Strategic plan and that all the infrastructure for the School of Medicine will be in place by May next year.

Speaking during the meeting, Dr. Charles Maringo, a lecturer from the School of Medicine reiterated on the urgent need to build capacity in the field of Anaesthesia which currently suffers from lack of human resource countrywide. Dr. Maringo noted that MMUST meets the threshold and requirements by the Kenya Medical Practitioners Board which requires at least three doctors before the training commences. Nurses and Doctors who wish to pursue a course in Anaesthetics will train for 18 months and 4 years respectively.

Present during the consultative meeting was Dr. Salika from the Centre for Public Health Development. MMUST will house and support CPHD in training of nurses, clinical officers and doctors. Also present during the meeting was Prof. Josephine Ngaira, DVC Academic and Student Affairs, Prof. Egara Kabaji, DVC Planning, Research and Innovation and Prof. James Aggrey Oloo.

MMUST will sign an MoU with the Slovak Embassy and is also working towards collaboration with the University of Nairobi and The Aga Khan University in matters regarding the establishment of the School of Medicine.

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