Over 300 medics on Tuesday graduated from St. Elizabeth Institute of Health Professionals, with certificates and diplomas in various fields of medical practice.
Patrick Mpiima Kibirango , who heads Uganda Allied Professionals, which monitors medical practitioners in Uganda and was the Chief guest at the function, urged graduates to be responsible citizens, exercise utmost levels of professionalism and always be ethical whenever they are doing their work. He assured all the graduates that their transcripts with be ready within two weeks.
He also called upon Ugandans to enroll for various medical courses which are usually ignored. He listed some of the ignored courses as Radiography, chemists, pharmaceutical studies, laboratory technicians, among others.
He however warned the graduates to avoid engaging in illegal and unethical practices like manipulating results from medical tests, especially HIV tests, which has led to a 70% increase in new infections
The Secretary of Uganda Allied Examination Board Joseph Agondwa, who was at the graduation ceremony, was tasked to explain why several medics who graduated two years back have not received their transcripts to date.
But Agondwa urged graduates who completed their studies and graduated but have not received their transcripts from Uganda Allied Examination Board not to panic, because they are still being processed.
Agondwa was replying to a query raised by Ramadhan Ndhego, the Principal St. Elizabeth Institute of Health Professionals, who noted that lack of transcripts has made it difficult for several graduates to find employment.
Agondwa explained that the delay was caused by a breakdown in the machine that produces the special paper on which transcripts are printed. But he noted that technicians have already fixed the breakdown and very soon the printing will resume.
He revealed that the Allied Examination Board currently issues provisional documents that are so credible and authentic, which graduates can use to seek employment.
The deputy Principal Steven Musoke explained that as an institution they are facing lots of challenges especially from parents and graduates whenever they ask transcripts yet they don’t have them.
“This situation has started causing tension among parents who pay tuition and graduates who can’t find jobs because they lack of papers, yet they graduated. We fear that it might lead to forgery of academic documents, plus an increase in impostors and quack medics,” Musoke said.
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