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Comprehensive Medical Internship Policy in the offing

State Minister for Higher Education, Hon. John Chrysostom Muyingo

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A nine-member committee was set up to draft an internship policy aimed at mitigating medical interns’ strikes witnessed over the past few years.

This was revealed by the State Minister for Higher Education, Hon. John Chrysostom Muyingo while appearing before the Committee on Health on Thursday, 04 May 2023.

Muyingo said the lack of clear regulations right from admission, internship and licensing of medical students has caused challenges that largely explain the plight of medical interns and the cause for strikes.

“We are cognizant that these challenges are being experienced in the entire cycle of training for health professionals. They affected the whole spectrum of training right from the admission to the stage of presenting students to professional bodies for licensing,” Muyingo said.

He said that similar strikes happened at Makerere and Kyambogo Universities but have since ceased, arguing that the medical interns’ strikes will also come to an end.

“There was a time Makerere would have numerous strikes, Kyambogo would strike every semester but we handled them and strikes stopped. We are sure one good policy that comes after wide consultations is one of the solutions to end the strikes,” said Muyingo.

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