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SCHOOL OF MEDICINE LAUNCHES  POST GRADUATE TRAINING IN FAMILY AND EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Affairs, Prof. Madara Ogot addresses participants at the Symposium on Health Professionals Training and lauch of Postgraduate programme in Family and Emergency Medicine at Kisumu Hotel.

Maseno University’s School of Medicine  in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Sagam Community Hospital has launched a Post Graduate programme in Family and Emergency Medicine (F&EM).

While launching the programme on Thursday 24th July 2014 at the Kisumu Hotel, the Vice-Chancellor, Maseno University Prof. Dominic Makawiti said that Maseno will be the first University in Kenya to offer Family and Emergency Medicine (F&EM) as one program.  

Prof. Makawiti who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academic and Students Affairs Prof. Madara Ogot observed that the innovative training opportunity offered at the School of Medicine is designed to equip Physicians with the experience, skills and knowledge to be able to navigate and manage a vast array of patient-care needs including acute injury and critical care, in the context of family and community.

“Apart from empowering medics, the training in Family and Emergency Medicine will ensure that a cadre of physicians are trained to effectively prevent and manage diseases at the community level. The Programme will equip them with the experience, skills, and knowledge to be able to navigate and manage a vast array of patient-care needs including acute injury and critical care in the context of family and community,” he explained.
The Governor Kericho County, H.E Prof. Paul Chepkwony said that as F&EM is developed, there is need to integrate traditional and western medicine. He challenged the health professionals in the country to embrace traditional medicine and appreciate its role in offering cure to several diseases.  “Family and Emergency medicine is the way to go because ultimately we need to engage in preventive measures but at the same time local medics should embrace homegrown solutions in medical practice,” he observed. He also called upon all governors in the region to support the programme.

The Chief of Party, FunzoKenya Project, Dr. James Mwanzia said that the goal of the project is to transform health training throughout the country by increasing access to fees and improving curriculum, instructional design and delivery, increasing the admissions capacity of pre-service training institutions and increasing capacity of regulatory bodies to accredit and monitor training.

In a speech read on his behalf by the acting Chief of Party FunzoKenya Project, Mr. Peter Milo, he uploaded the efforts of Maseno University in ensuring that the programme responds to service delivery needs in the region. He appreciated the response of other partners and stakeholders in collaborating to hold a symposium whose outcome will provide lessons towards improving health training and service delivery at both the national and county governments.
In Kenya, the Western region has the highest disease incidence ranging from Malaria, HIV and AIDS, cancers, chest infections, paediatric illnesses and injuries due to road accidents. In as much as these are treatable and manageable illnesses, there are challenges in terms of access to specialized health care services especially in the rural areas because most specialists are concentrated in the urban areas. Amongst the strategies to be implemented to counter some of these challenges is the development of a tailor made course that will increase the capacity and training of medical resource.

It is for this reason that Maseno University in conjunction with Massachusetts General Hospital and Sagam Community Hospital has developed Postgraduate Programme in Family and Emergency Medicine. The Programme will ensure that a cadre of Physicians are trained to effectively manage acute and chronic illnesses as well as involve in disease prevention and promotion within the community irrespective of age and gender.
Also present at the launch were Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Partnerships Research and Innovations Prof. George Mark Onyango, Dean School of Medicine Prof. Wilson Odero, Prof. Thomas Burke of MGH, and Dr. Kama Rogo of Sagam Community Hospital among other


Kericho Governor, H.E.Prof. Paul Chepkwony addressing participants during the Symposium on Health Professionals and Launch of Family and Emergency Medicine programme at Kisumu Hotel.

Some of the participants at the Symposium on Health Professionals Training and Lanch of the PostGraduate programme in Family and Emergency  Medicine at Kisumu Hotel.