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.