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Department of Medical Microbiology


Infectious diseases are a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, especially in developing countries. The increasing incidence of microbial infections is compounded by the rapid evolution of drug-resistant variants and opportunistic infections. Laboratory investigation provides information about identifying aetiologic agents and the in-vitro activity of antimicrobial drugs against the specific micro-organisms. The aim of medical microbiology department is to increase human resource capacity in microbiology by providing high quality training and research in aetiology, pathogenesis and laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases.

The department provides training in both theoretical and practical aspects of courses in medical microbiology and parasitology including the transmission, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of pathogens of public health importance, and the host response to this diverse range of pathogens. Medical Microbiology discipline covers bacteriology, virology and mycology. Parasitology covers the protozoan and metazoan parasites of humans and the vectors which transmit them, while immunology deals with host-agent interactions, between man and infectious agents.

By the end of the course students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the nature of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, describe the basic criteria used in the classification of these micro-organisms, their modes of transmission, life cycles, mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis and the outcomes of infections. They should carry out a range of basic laboratory diagnostic practicals for bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections. Students should also demonstrate knowledge of the biology and strategies for control of the vectors and intermediate hosts of human parasites, and basic principles of host immunity to infection against the diverse range of pathogens which affect human populations. The course will equip students with skills that will enable them pursue global health careers in health care facilities and research institutions.



Vision:
To provide high quality training and research in etiology, pathogenesis and laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases.
Mission:
To contribute to the improvement of clinical care and public health through pursuit of excellence in training and research in the diagnosis, management and control of infectious diseases.
Department Overview:
Infectious diseases are a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, especially in developing countries. The increasing incidence of microbial infections is compounded by the rapid evolution of drug-resistant variants and opportunistic infections. Laboratory investigation provides information about identifying aetiologic agents and the in-vitro activity of antimicrobial drugs against the specific micro-organisms. The aim of medical microbiology department is to increase human resource capacity in microbiology by providing high quality training and research in aetiology, pathogenesis and laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases.

The department provides training in both theoretical and practical aspects of courses in medical microbiology and parasitology including the transmission, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of pathogens of public health importance, and the host response to this diverse range of pathogens. Medical Microbiology discipline covers bacteriology, virology and mycology. Parasitology covers the protozoan and metazoan parasites of humans and the vectors which transmit them, while immunology deals with host-agent interactions, between man and infectious agents.

By the end of the course students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the nature of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, describe the basic criteria used in the classification of these micro-organisms, their modes of transmission, life cycles, mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis and the outcomes of infections. They should carry out a range of basic laboratory diagnostic practicals for bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections. Students should also demonstrate knowledge of the biology and strategies for control of the vectors and intermediate hosts of human parasites, and basic principles of host immunity to infection against the diverse range of pathogens which affect human populations. The course will equip students with skills that will enable them pursue global health careers in health care facilities and research institutions.

Mission:
To contribute to the improvement of clinical care and public health through pursuit of excellence in training and research in the diagnosis, management and control of infectious diseases.
Department Overview:
Infectious diseases are a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, especially in developing countries. The increasing incidence of microbial infections is compounded by the rapid evolution of drug-resistant variants and opportunistic infections. Laboratory investigation provides information about identifying aetiologic agents and the in-vitro activity of antimicrobial drugs against the specific micro-organisms. The aim of medical microbiology department is to increase human resource capacity in microbiology by providing high quality training and research in aetiology, pathogenesis and laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases.

Dr. Scolastica Korir

Chairman of department

Email:bscolastica@gmail.com

Address: Department of Medical Microbiology, P.O Box 333 Maseno, 40105, Kenya.

Official Phone number: (057) 351620/2 Ext. 3111.

Qualifications: BEd. (Sciences), MSc, PhD (Medical Parasitology and Entomology)

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Geoffrey Arasa

 

Email: gouno@maseno.ac.ke

Address: Department of Medical Microbiology, P.O Box 333 Maseno, 40105, Kenya.

Official Phone Number: (057) 351620/2 Ext. 3111.

Qualifications: BSc. Microbiology, MSc. Microbiology

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Eunice Akoth Muring

 

Eunice Akoth Muring

email address:euny6ochieng@yahoo.com

qualifications:BSC in Medical Laboratory Sciences
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Susan Mamusavu Tuvei

 

Email:stuvei@yahoo.com

Address:Private Bag Maseno

qualifications: MSC in Medical Microbiology,BSC in Medical Laboratory Sciences
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Prof. Rose Kakai

 

Email: kakairm@yahoo.com

Address: Department of Medical Microbiology, P.O Box 333 Maseno, 40105, Kenya.
Official Phone Number: (057) 351620/2 Ext. 3111

Qualifications: BEd (Science), MSc, PhD (Medical Microbiology)

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Medical Microbiology is a service department for:

1. MBChB. The MBChB degree programme is offered on a full-time basis for a duration of six (6) academic years, divided in three Semesters. The curriculum is organized into Three Levels:  Level I, in the 1st and 2nd years of study emphasizes learning of the Normal Structure and Functions of the human body; Level II, in the 3rd year deals with Pathology and Pathophysiology; and Level III in the 4th to 6th years focuses on teaching Clinical Management of patients with different disorders.

2. BSc. Nursing Science degree programme

 


 

The department offers the following courses during the second and third years of study:

•    MBS 201: Medical Microbiology
•    MBS 202: Medical Parasitology and Entomology
•    MBS 205: Basic Immunology
•    MBS 302: Immunopathology

The courses are offered at the main campus of the University, and the mode of learning is by lectures, tutorials and laboratory practicals.

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Department of Medical Microbiology