TWO nursing institutions in Masaka district have been closed for operating illegally.
The schools, Nserester Complex and Kikambi-Kyewalyanga, were closed by the Masaka district health team led by the district health officer, Dr. Stuart Musisi, after discovering that they lacked the required training facilities and operating licenses.
The school authorities at the Nyendo-based Nserester Complex were on Sunday still stranded with the students who had refused to return to their homes demanding a refund of the school fees they had paid.
The schoolâ€™s executive director, Rev. Isaac Nsereko, who also supports orphaned children, was said to be abroad and could not be reached for a comment.
Anti-riot Police deployed at the two schools to prevent any violence.
The State House drug and health services monitoring unit director, Dr. Diana Atwine, issued a directive to the district health and education officers countrywide to close illegal nursing training schools.
Atwine advised the district authorities to assist the affected students in the closed schools, especially those with the required academic documents, to get enrolled in other training institutions.
She added that the parents of the affected students should be listened to and advised on what to do.
â€œWe have a duty to protect the affected parents and students to make sure that they are assisted in the best way possible,â€ Atwine said.
Dr. Musisi said the closed schools were not registered and were not fit to carry out any form of training for nurses.
â€œI pity the parents and students enrolled in illegal nursing schools because the certificates they get after graduation do not have any value,â€ Musisi said.
He pointed out that Nserester Complex was charging the students sh500,000 per term.
On the other hand, medical workers who operate private clinics have been told that they will be stopped from working in government health units so as to minimise the theft of drugs.
This revelation was made by the programme manager of Uganda Intra Health, Dr. Faustine Maiso, while meeting authorities of Masaka district health department last week for purposes of improving the performance of the health workforce.
Maiso said they had set up district health surveillance teams to monitor the performance of Government health units and private clinics.
Masaka nursing schools closed