- KU medical school students have to travel to Kiambu and Thika hospitals for practical lessons
- It is a process that is both time-wasting and expensive, and robs the students of the chance to research
Kenyatta University chiefs have written to the Senate in the hope their medical school students will have access to the Kenyatta University Teaching Research and Referral Hospital.
When KU initiated the hospital project, their plan was driven by the desire to have a hospital, like most medical schools around the world, in which students could research and conduct practical lessons.
But in a bizarre turn of events, probably possible only in Kenya, the university is now faced with the prospect of having its medical school programme downgraded because it has no hospital.
When the hospital was completed, a management board appointed by the Ministry of Health locked out both the students and lecturers.
In this strange case, KU medical school students have to travel to Kiambu and Thika hospitals for practical lessons, a process that is both time-wasting and expensive, and robs the students of the chance to research.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua previously promised to resolve the impasse, but it seems his enthusiasm is waning.
Education boss Ezekiel Machogu and Health CS Susan Wafula must be aware of the damage the stalemate is piling on KU’s reputation.
The problem has been simmering for the past four years. They have an obligation to find a speedy and lasting solution.
Quote of the Day: “The healthy man does not torture others - generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.”.
The Swiss Psychiatrist was born on July 26, 1875