Doctors Without Continuous Training To Lose Licences

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In short
The minimum continuous education will help the doctors keep up to date with developments in their field.

Doctors who do get a minimum continuous education in their field will be deregistered, starting next year.
The Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council Act requires all registered members of the Council to attend continuous training, or be deregistered.
The Council has not been implementing this part of the law, but its registrar Dr. Katumba Gabula says this takes effect next year.
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Gabula says the basic continuous training will be conducted at regional referral hospitals and will be conducted by accredited organizations such professional councils.

According to the medical Act, every medical doctor is supposed to undertake different trainings as one of the conditions to renew their licenses.

However according to Dr. Katumba, this could not be implemented as there were no clear guidelines for training.

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He adds that in order to ease access to training, the council has put up an online course for the doctors.

The Principal of Infectious Disease Institute at Makerere University, Dr. Umaru Ssekabira, says that the training will help doctors keep up to date with some of the new developments in their areas.

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The continuous professional guidelines for training doctors have been developed by the national professional councils and the Ministry of Education, with financial support from USAID for five years.


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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).