Namibia's first locally trained doctors on internship

27 May 2016 07:30am
WINDHOEK, 27 MAY (NAMPA) - The first 35 locally trained medical doctors who graduated in April, are currently on internship at various hospitals around the country.
Registrar of the Health Professions Councils of Namibia Cornelius Weyulu said the students are registered as medical interns with the Medical and Dental Council of Namibia, and have to undergo supervised internship before the same council licenses them as medical practitioners.
The law prescribes medical internship.
“The supervised training is meant to effect the transition from undergraduate students, with responsibility primarily to themselves, to professional persons with responsibility primarily to the patients, the health team and communities,” he told Nampa in interview.
Internship provides opportunities for further development of medical knowledge and skills, appropriate behavioural patterns, professional thinking, insight, deeper understanding and experience in patient care, while equipping interns to function as competent and safe medical practitioners.
The internship takes place over a period of two years, with an additional year in some cases, in hospitals or health facilities approved by the Medical and Dental Council of Namibia for such purpose.
Requirements for health facilities to take in interns for their practical work experience period include commitment to train interns, availability of learning opportunities, availability of medical specialists and experienced medical officers, accommodation facilities, transport and other support services.
The approved hospitals include the Katutura Intermediate Hospital, Windhoek Central Hospital, Okahandja and Rehoboth hospitals, Oshakati Intermediate Hospital, Engela and Eenhana hospitals, as well as Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital.
He noted that the intake of medical interns is done twice a year – in January and September - and due to limited space at the approved hospitals, priority is given to Namibian citizens.
If an intern fails to successfully complete their internship within the prescribed time, his or her registration as a medical intern will be cancelled.