The newly constructed dental school in Maya, Mpigi District is ready to offer free dental services to residents there.
The Principal Tutor, William Acidri says International Paramedical Institute (IPI) students will be at the forefront of helping resident's access free dental services during their practical training.
Mpigi is fundamentally rural based and residents move long distances to access dental services in urban centers. Acidri however said that the opening up of International Paramedical Institute (IPI) in the area will enable students access academic studies at a low rate compared to other institutions.
"We want to work with the community to help them access free dental services especially our students we train here at the Institute," he said.
The director of the school, Ssemanda Sseruyange said the school is well equipped with dental equipment which will enable movement to various communities and also hands on to students who train from there.
"We have equipment that is assembled at our institute where residents can get free dental services. We are giving back to the community because they support us by giving us students to study dentistry here" he said.
The director of the school, Ssemanda Sseruyange
International Paramedical Institute (IPI) is one of the dental schools that are offering practical skills to students in dental laboratory and environmental health sciences. Some of the courses offered at the IPI includes, diploma in public health dentistry and laboratory.
Sseruyange said that registration of students especially in senior six and four leavers is on. He encouraged parents and NGOs to bring their students for more practical training at affordable fees.
"Our fees are affordable and reasonable. All we want is to see that more students are trained in dental and health sciences in Uganda and neighboring countries like Congo and Southern Sudan," he said.
The allied Health Professional council of Ministry of health has already inspected the Institute and satisfaction report about the institute was compiled and given a go head to start.
Joseph Mutyaba, said the students will learn and acquire proper practical knowledge in dental services. He said that mission of the institute is to enable future and competence of our very own professional graduates.
"Our objective is to ensure provision of high balance quality health education to students. We want to produce graduates who can operate in areas that are hard to reach like Islands and war ravaged areas," Mutyaba said.