25 Feb 2017 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 25 FEB (NAMPA) The University of Namibia (UNAM)s School of Medicine has welcomed 193 students for the 2017 academic year.
A total of 104 students from the new intake will be studying towards a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, whilst 29 will study towards a Diploma in Pharmacy and 70, a Bachelor of Pharmacy.
The students took the oath at a 'White Coat Ceremony' on Friday at the Health Sciences Campus in the capital.
In a statement delivered on his behalf, UNAM Vice Chancellor Professor Lazarus Hangula said the new intake of students towards the health professions will see them serving Namibia for the rest of their lives.
Be assured that you are entering a quality institution which is adapting and changing constantly to serve the needs of the students, said Hangula.
He further noted that this year, UNAMs second batch of medical students and third batch of pharmacy students will graduate.
Hangula said this is the eighth intake of medical students and seventh of intake of pharmacy students, while the total graduate number is approaching 1 000.
Namibia now has home grown doctors and pharmacists, students that will strengthen the health workforce, he said.
This year the School of Medicine launched the Master of Medicine in Anaesthesiology, which is the first postgraduate programme for medical doctors.
The university will introduce new programmes next year in dentistry, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
I am aware that new postgraduate programmes are being drafted a Master of Internal Medicine, Master of Pharmacy in Industry and Regulations and Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Pharmacy, said Hangula.
Students expressed excitement at the prospect of becoming professionals in the medical field.
Denzel Shikongo,18, a first year medical student said studying to become a doctor was a dream he had since he was in Grade Seven.
Frieda Andili, also a first year medical student, said it is going to be a long journey and the course will need her full attention.