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Nurses and Midwives Union to construct specialised university

By Violet Nabatanzi

Added 29th May 2019 06:58 AM

The university will be the first of its kind and it will offer oncology nursing, cardiology, intensive care, and urology nursing among others.

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An artistic impression of the specialised university. Courtesy phot

The university will be the first of its kind and it will offer oncology nursing, cardiology, intensive care, and urology nursing among others.

 
Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union (UNMU) is set to construct a specialised University at Mulago Hill, the president Justus Cherp Kiplangat has disclosed.
 
The university will be the first of its kind and it will offer oncology nursing, cardiology, intensive care, and urology nursing among others.
 
Makerere University and Kampala International University are currently offering bachelor of science degrees in nursing.
 
Speaking to New Vision, Kiplangat said now that the union has reclaimed its piece of land from the government through Mulago Hospital, they can now go ahead and redevelop it.
 
It has taken nurses and midwives over 20 years to reclaim the land.  The land was given to the nurses and midwives association in 1993 to construct an office block where they can conduct their activities.
 
Kiplangat said last year, the Union requested the president to help in processing the land title.

 The president of the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union Justus Cherp Kiplangat (C) chatting with the Mulago Hospital director Dr. Baterana Byarugaba and nurses. PHOTO: Violet Nabatanzi

Mulago Hospital Executive Director Dr. Baterana Byarugaba said they are still surveying the land since part of it is occupied by the National Drug Authority.
 
Kiplangat said the construction of the university will cost sh1.5bn and it will be funded by the government and foreign donors, adding that this will help the government to save the money that it spends on nurses training abroad.
 
"At the moment, we do not have any university offering specialised nursing. We are taking nurses abroad for specialised courses. Right now, we have two nurses studying oncology and cardiac nursing in Nairobi and they are sponsored by State House through the Union," Kiplangat said.
 
He said the government spends sh83m on each nurse trained outside the country, adding that if such nurses are trained here, the government would spend only sh20m.
 
Kiplangat said the construction will start before the end of this year. He said the nurses will be trained by Ugandans and visiting lecturers from California, Kansas Wesleyan Universities in the USA and from Tasmania University in Australia.
 
He, however, said the visiting lecturers will be paid salaries and allowances by the universities the Union is affiliated to.
 
Nurses react
 
Suzan Oroma of Urology ward at Mulago Hospital said the specialized training means lifting nurses from developing world to a developed world. 
 
Hellen Orunya, a  nursing officer at Mulago Hospital said this will help improve service delivery by nurses and midwives.

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