By MASEMBE TAMBWE, 11th December 2010 @ 18:00, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 3301
MUHIMBILI University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) has conferred President Jakaya Kikwete a honorary degree of Public Health for his relentless efforts in modernizing the health sector and ensuring that there are more higher learning opportunities for health workers.
After receiving the award at the 4th graduation, President Kikwete said that the honour bestowed on him was for the whole nation and the people.
“When I learnt that I would be receiving this degree today, I was rather scared because I felt that I didn’t deserve it, but listening what has just been read, it is only right to say that it is out of massive support of the doctors, professors that I managed to get it,” he said.
Mr Kikwete informed the members of the university fraternity that he would do all in his power to ensure that funds to start the construction and expansion of MUHAS campus in
Kwembe were available and the work starts by January 2011.
He admitted that there were many obstacles in the beginning, particularly land disputes surrounding the plots, but he had to write a note to quell the situation and stop the dialogue.
“I wrote a directive to stop the dispute around the plots in Kwembe and we have made the necessary arrangements to compensate those who have lost plots,” he said.
President Kikwete challenged that the new university campus that would be constructed needed to have modern technology and equipment since the health sector was faced with a lot of challenges.
He said there was need for the highest level of competence in the teaching hospital departments and there would be a neurosurgery department that would be exemplary for other departments in East Africa.
“I have no doubt that with this intervention it will create room to increase the number of people who get enrolled and get trained and hopefully with time we will bridge the ratio of doctor to patient of 1:30,000 and nurse to patient of 1:23,000 that we currently have,” he said.
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