Unam's Medicine Faculty needs training hospitals

20 Apr 2014 11:10am
ONGWEDIVA, 20 APR (NAMPA) – The Windhoek Central Hospital and Katutura State Hospital are overrun by its infrastructural needs and/or human resource crisis due to the past colonial design.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Namibia (Unam), Professor Lazarus Hangula said this here on Thursday when the university and the Ongwediva Medipark Private Hospital signed a cooperative agreement pertaining to the clinical and technical training of Unam’s medical, pharmacy and nursing students.
These students are to undergo hospital bed patient care training at Medipark, during which they will be equipped with appropriate skills needed to tackle the health challenges they would face after the completion of their studies.
Hangula said the Windhoek Central Hospital and the Katutura State Hospitals have thus far made their limited clinical training facilities available for practical learning of students of Unam’s Faculty of Health Sciences.
“It is planned that Rundu and Keetmanshoop State Hospitals will follow suit,” Hangula noted.
The vice-chancellor added that some of the criticism levelled against Unam’s Faculty of Health Sciences is that it trains too many students for the two designated public teaching hospitals.
With the support of the Ongwediva Medipark, Hangula believes that Unam has no reason to cut down on the few students who the institution is currently enrolling.
“It was, therefore, extremely pleasing when Ongwediva Medipark offered their facilities and personnel to the Unam Faculty of Health Sciences which encompasses the School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Public Health and School of Pharmacy,” he pointed out.
The clinical training needs of the Unam’s student doctors, according to Hangula, came to the fore in 2011 when they started their early exposure to clinical practice.
Speaking before the signing of the agreement, Managing Director of the Ongwediva Medipark, Dr Tshali Iithete stated that Unam students from the Faculty of Health Sciences will be exposed to the state-of-the-art medical environment of the Ongwediva Medipark during their training there.
Unam commenced the training of Namibia’s own doctors in 2010, and the university currently has trainee doctors in fifth, fourth, third and second year, who require hospitals and/or health facilities for clinical practice.