The doctor’s nightmare

Dr Edward Ddumba, the head honcho at Uganda’s premier hospital, Mulago National Referral Hospital is not happy with the way medic students have over the years been choosing to specialise in “easy” majors, leaving out the all important serious ones.

Serious diseases the good doctor could have been referring to include cancers of every kind and neuro-problems for which many Ugandans travel abroad to treat, incurring obscene amounts of money.

The doctor is probably going to push for acts of force in a bid to see that instead of having to rely on foreign doctors to solve all our problems. And government will probably go along, seeing as there’s really nothing else they have done for a very long time.

We are talking about doing something for medics in Uganda here.

A few months ago, the health minister of Uganda, Dr Malinga decried the rate at which Ugandan doctors are going to work in other countries. He was actually telling the country things he wasn’t supposed to since he is also part of government, the guys who have been charged to solve the problem by the majority of voters who declared that they had confidence in this government.

So now, on top of playing the guilt card with them, we must force them to put their necks on the line and tell them to major in medicine that no one will pay for?

The “difficult courses” that Dr Ddumba wants the students to major in are also the expensive ones. Imagine coming out of that place with a very sophisticated degree only to be told that you are over qualified. And that is only if you are lucky, considering the unfair practices there.

Anyone heard of Dr Kiryabwire, one of the longest serving neurosurgoens at Mulago? Story goes that no one went through his class and passed. Everyone who had delusions of grandeur that they would graduate and save Uganda had a rude awakening when their dreams came crashing down hard in their first year when they realised that they were the only one in the class and Dr Kiryabwire was going to be their supervisor when the finals came.

Ever wondered why after all these years and discoveries in world medicine, we in Uganda still have less than ten qualified neurosurgeons?

Now, we want the students to choose majors like neurosurgery when there are untouchables like that who can determine if you will be a great doctor or a total flop.

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It wasn't me; arrest the voices. It was the voices in my head. Sike! I am Ugandan first. I care for development in my country. I am a curious observer second and I care to know what you think.
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9 Responses to The doctor’s nightmare

  1. Iwaya says:

    I’m going to go out and seem unfair but what the heck?! These doctor scientists are already being favoured by the government via policy and they still do not want to do the hard courses? What a load of rubbish!

  2. The Phantom says:

    methinks its safer for them to specialise in what they are sure will put bread on the table. Aiming higher makes them unemployable in Uganda and therefore forcing them to look for employment in Europe or America or anywhere else. Then the real problems begin for them; they cannot get the really good jobs because their white classmates will be favoured in their stead. So why should one want to treat nerves?

  3. Anonymous says:

    iwaya, do show me government policy that favors doctors. please.

  4. jasmine says:

    sorry. tis i above. i keep forgetting to sign in.

  5. Minty says:

    Hm.
    Meanwhile, those are serious allegations about the Dr.

  6. Iwaya says:

    I mean, the government strongly favours sciences over the arts and last time I checked medicine was considered a science though to be fair, you do need a flair for understanding and empathy to be a really good doctor and that takes having an artist in you.

    And yeah, those allegations on the doctor, Phantom… 😀

  7. jasmine says:

    Phantom, i was leaving then i read your post again.
    i’m curious; Dr Ddumba said that? what is your source?

    Dr Kiryabwire did not fail everybody in his class. he never minced his words whenever he had to defend his decision to fail whoever he did.

    “…Everyone who had delusions of grandeur that they would graduate and save Uganda had a rude awakening when their dreams came crashing down hard in their first year when they realised that they were the only one in the class and Dr Kiryabwire was going to be their supervisor when the finals came.”

    i think that is one of Makerere University Medical School’s Urban Myths. it does no service to the memory of the Late Doctor and all he did for Medical School, Mulago Hospital and our country at large.

  8. Joshi says:

    Me I thinks that all doctors that graduate from Mulago Med school should have a mandatory 8 years practice in Uganda.Do you have any idea how much gov’t puts into educating them, only for them to dash off to Australia, America and England? Dude i meet them all the time, when I ask them, they say they cant work in Uganda but Uganda needs them! Deep down in Bundibugyo, the ‘doctor’ they know is a Medical Assistant..in Kaberamaido, English doctors and nurses plus gap year students play doctor..i know coz i see them…i talk to them..the ones who leave Uganda for ‘greener’ pastures and the ones who come to Uganda to ‘help’..for ‘charity’…to ‘take their minds off school’..

    ps..aint passed in awhile Mzee, howz the fam?

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