Physicians under the East, Central and Southern Africa College of Physicians should consolidate unity to be able to tackle Africa’s health related challenges, according to President Museveni. He said bringing together physicians to share experiences in the noble medical profession was a demonstration of maturity and readiness to address problems the African continent is faced with.

PM Rugunda poses for photo with participants of the ECSACOP conference at Imperial Resort beach hotel in Entebbe on Thursday(Photo by PMPU)

The President represented by the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, was officiating at the second Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the East, Central and Southern Africa College of Physicians.

This college of Physicians was launched last year in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, to improve physicians training and patient care in the region. This years’ three-day conference, taking place at Imperial Resort Hotel Entebbe, was organized by the Association of Physicians of Uganda.

Museveni appreciated the importance of a healthy population in spearheading economic and social development. He said that government’s policy on health is to prevent diseases through immunization, observing good hygiene, promotion of good nutrition and through provision of curative medicine to those who fall sick.

He said that most countries in Africa have been grappling with lack of medical personnel. ‘I am reliably informed that there are less than 1,000 registered physicians serving a population of 2200 million people,’ Museveni noted.

The East, Central and Southern Africa Conference of Physicians will not only be a networking platform for Physicians in the region but will also strengthen the college during this time of infancy. ‘I am glad that your training programs will help expand the number of health workers and transform their education,’ he said.

The NRM Government approved the national policy on Public-Private Partnerships in health. It is aimed at harnessing all the support from both public and private to improve health care in Uganda. ‘Preventive health care is the best option for our people to live healthy lives. We all know that poor hygiene and sanitation threaten human health and exacerbate poverty,’ he said.

The President of the East, Central and Southern Africa College of Physicians Professor Evarist Njelesani said the college was launched last year in Zimbabwe.  He said the past year has seen consolidation of organs and systems of the college, starting with the inauguration of the College Council and its Committees. ‘We have seen real progress in the identification of potential training sites and the designation of educational supervisors for our trainee physicians in member States,’ Prof. Njelesani said.

On his part, the President of the Association of Physicians of Uganda Dr. Ssekasanvu Emmanuel said the conference aims at strengthening the college to improve physicians’ training and patient care. The scientific conference is under the theme ‘Quality Improvement in physical training for better health care’

ENDS 

September 27, 2017