Need for dynamic professionals stressed at MUHAS event

Minister for Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, Professor Joyce Ndalichako

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THE government has urged dynamic and dedicated professionals to cope with the speed that is required to bring about quick and sustainable development in health care.

Opening the first Convocation of Symposium for Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Joyce Ndalichako, said such profession would match with the Fifth Phase Government’s motto of ‘Hapa Kazi Tu’ (Only Work Counts Here)

In a speech read on her behalf by the Director of Higher Learning in the ministry, Professor Sylvia Temu, she said graduates should cherish the university good name and render services to people with dedication and integrity.

“I urge you the alumni to embrace the lifelong learning philosophy and so keep themselves abreast with new development in the health and allied sciences to remain relevant and of service to the people” she said.

Prof Ndalichako also called upon the health and allied science professionals to provide the government with evidence-based strategies to improve the health of Tanzanians and come up with better health training strategies hence help MUHAS attain its core functions. She was optimistic that the symposium will add significant value to efforts being made by the government towards improving training on health sciences.

“As you are aware, the government is currently striving to curb the shortage of human resources for health and improve provision of health care. The major government target has been to transform MUHAS through the expansion of its teaching and learning facilities by completing the state of art new Academic Medical Centre at Mloganzila Campus so that it can increase enrollment.

She advised the university to maintain positive relationship with their alumni and provide them with regular updates on institutional development, achievements recorded and share current and emerging challenges with the view of getting stakeholder’s inputs towards improving education services delivery.

“Strong Alumni networks do not grow out of simply through shared history, but through commitment aimed at cultivating and nurturing such relationship,” said Prof Ndalichako.

Earlier, MUHAS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ephata Kaaya, said the convocation will bring together all students who were trained at the university and together can contribute as part time teaching, students’ mentorship, supervision, and collaborative research, students’ placement for clinical work and industrial placement for training.

He said the 10th Graduation ceremony will be held tomorrow at their Dar es Salaam campus where 944 students listed for graduation in various fields of health and allied science where the university’s Chancellor, former President Ali Hassan Mwinyi, will confer degrees.

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