MUKONO – Mr. Patrick Mpiima Kibirango, the Registrar Uganda Allied Health Professionals in the Ministry of Health has on Tuesday, December 17, urged graduates of St Elizabeth’s Institute of Health Professionals Mukono to equip themselves with more skills as they join the competitive job world.
Mr. Mpiima made the remarks during the 3rd graduation ceremony at St Elizabeth’s Institute of Health Professionals Mukono in Mukono Municipality where he graced the occasion.
He said: “With so many health professionals out there you need to learn more skills, do not end on just a certificate or diploma learn more so as to be able to compete for jobs in this competitive world.”
He also advised those with a chance to go for further studies to identify areas with demand for health personals in the various fields.
“Those with the chance to study further should identify professions in the Health sector with demand for more people like pharmacists, radiographers, among others.” He noted
He also urged them to stay disciplined at work and do what they were taught professionally in school.
“Treat patients well and make sure you test people before administering any treatment to them.” He added
A total of 306 students is being passed out of these include graduates of 2017/2018 who did not graduate last year and 2018/2019 with Certificates and Diplomas in various disciplines however about 126 students showed up for the graduation.
Deputy Director St Elizabeth’s Institute of Health Professionals Mukono Mr. Patrick Musoke noted that the majority of the graduates refused to come for their graduation because Uganda Allied Health Examinations Board has not released certificates of practice for the past 2 years.
“So far we have had about 126 students registering to attend the graduation well as others have stayed because they are demoralized because for two years other graduates have not received their certificates and these are having difficulty in getting jobs especially government jobs.”
On speaking to the Executive Secretary of Uganda Allied Health Examinations Board (UAHEB) Mr. Joseph Agondua confirmed that the students for the past 2 years did not receive their Certificates of practice because of technical issues at the institute.
“Two years back we had a system breakdown. Students had not been receiving their Certificates of Practice for the past two years however; this is not going to be the case as they receive their Certificates by this Friday.” Mr. Agondua noted
“In the past years, we would write those applying for job recommendations that would help them as they apply for advertised jobs.” He added