KAMPALA – The Bishop of Kabale Diocese Rt Rev Callist Rubaramira has urged the graduands to live up to their training expectations by providing quality health care.
“Patients are delicate people, therefore it’s the quality of care you give that that will show your capability and this will create trust from the population you serve,” Bishop Rubaramira said during a holy mass at the 3rd Graduation Ceremony at Karoli Lwanga School of Nursing and Midwifery Nyakibale in Rukungiri District on 7th February 2020.
Bishop Rubaramira thanked the Government of Uganda for recognition and appreciating the efforts of the private practitioners in the health sector saying that the acceptance of the First Lady Mrs. Museveni to preside over the graduation ceremony at Karoli Lwanga School of Nursing and Midwifery Nyakibale was a big sign of confidence the Government attaches to it.
Speaking at the same function, the Principal of Karoli Lwanga School of Nursing and Midwifery Sr Florence Birungi said that the school which started in 1971 has produced amiable women and men totaling to 12,160 who are currently serving diligently in almost all parts of the country. On 7th Feb 2020, 346 students graduated in Nursing and Midwifery.
She disclosed that in partnership with development agencies like DANIDA, Baylor Uganda and World Bank and through concerted support from the Government of Uganda, Karoli Lwanga School of Nursing and Midwifery Nyakibale has been able to put up an infrastructure that has provided a smooth running of the Institution.
Sr Birungi, however, decried the School’s inability to maintain highly trained teaching staff who prefer to work elsewhere because Karoli Lwanga School of Nursing and Midwifery is private and not for profit institution which can not retain them.
She, however, said that Karoli Lwanga School of Nursing and Midwifery Board of Governors was planning in the future to turn the institution into a university so that it can offer the much-needed Degree courses in Nursing, Clinical Medicine, Medical Laboratory and Health Science Management.
She hailed the founders of Karoli Lwanga School of Nursing and Midwifery, The Franciscan Sisters of Breda led by Sr Leata and Sr Raynalda (both RIP) who ensured that the School started and Kabale Diocese leadership now led by Bishop Calls Rubaramira without whom nothing much would have been achieved.
Karoli Lwanga Hospital Nyakibale Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Nicholas Thaddeus Kamara asked the new graduands to emphasize compassion, commitment to patients, diligently like the founders of modern nothing Sr Florance Nightingale did who emphasized the need for perfectionism. Karoli Lwanga School of Nursing and Midwifery is under Karoli Lwanga Hospital Nyakibale.
He told the graduands that they have the potential to do a lot because the world is yearning for quality care, love, tenderness, a listening ear, and counseling.
“If you serve humanity with patience and humility, Almighty God will pay you,” The Doctor said.
Dr Kamara noted that in the health services industry nurses and Midwives are the backbone of health systems and those who have experienced their soft touch of care no that they can provide more than that because they are the ‘heart’ of health care.
“Nursing is a calling and not a profession to making money and it’s known that Nurses and Midwives world over are caregivers without whom the Doctors on duty can not do much”. Dr. Kamara said.
Sr Sabina Tumusiime who represented the Board of Governors asked the administrative staff at Karoli Lwanga School of Nursing and Midwifery to maintain the standards of training high-quality nurses and Midwives in order for their reputation to remain high while in the field where they eventually settle.
The function was attended by a cross-section of people, clergy, sisters, old students, Government officials old students and parents of the graduands.
Several speakers at the function told the graduands that the struggle of self-preservation is most important in one’s life therefore the graduands must strive to live a responsible life in order to be able to serve humanity.