Lira University launches Master of Midwifery Science

Health Ministry Commissioner for NursingChandia Agnes Baku, VC Prof Jasper Ogwal Okeng and DVC Assoc Prof Okaka Opio Dokotum during the Master of Midwifery Science launch

By Patrick Opio

Senior Communications Officer

Lira University has launched its Master of Midwifery Science, the first programme in Uganda education system.

The Health Ministry Commissioner of Nursing, Chandia Agnes Baku lauded Lira University for being innovative and growing faster since its inception 6 years ago.

The Commissioner noted that nursing and midwifery is the backbone of health services, a practice that requires a calling, patience and good heart. She added that a higher qualification in midwifery will boost doctors’ efforts in service delivery, especially when handling pregnant mothers and babies.

Chandia revealed that Nurses and midwives are central in achieving the global health targets in realising clinical and preventive measures. She added that specialisation in health care services is paramount today, a move that must be taken seriously by health workers.

“Specialisation and super-specialisation will definitely, if taken seriously, will enhance health service delivery,” she asserts.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Jasper Ogwal Okeng applauded the Seed Global Health, an International NGO, for support of Lira University in generating and financing Nursing and Midwifery academic programmes.

Prof. Ogwal Okeng says, “The University started with Nursing and Midwifery courses with support from the Seed Global health, this partnership has been fruitful.”

“We need highly trained medical workers, the reason for initiating and launching a Master of Midwifery Science in this university,” Vice Chancellor adds. “What used to be like a dream is now a reality…we are growing stronger every day, and plan to train several midwives and other students in different fields.”

Prof. Ogwal Okeng reveals that Lira University Teaching Hospital is boosting health service delivery in the north and eastern parts of the country. “Out Teaching Hospital is vibrant and staffed with highly qualified personnel, specialised equipment and experienced staff for treatment of different ailments,” he notes.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Assoc. Prof. Okaka Opio Dokotum hailed President, Yoweri Museveni for his great vision and leadership in expanding universities in the country. “As Lira university, we are at the cutting age of innovations and research…..great things will always be achieved at this university,” he asserts.

Okaka  Opio Dokotum added that Lira University that started under a tree shed as office is now growing faster with several academic and development  programmes. “The university started when Lango Cultural Chief, Wonnyaci Yosam Odur handed to the VC and his team forests of land without office space but it is now one of the fast growing young universities in the country,” he adds.

On behalf of the Seed Global Health Country Coordinator, Dr Brian Agaba hailed Lira University for championing midwifery and other health science programmes right from its inception. He added that Uganda has made a stride in maternity health services.

Dr Agaba noted the Midwifery training will avert the current death rate of mothers and babies as midwives are usually the first contacts in maternity wards. He added that the Seed Global will continue with the collaboration with Lira University.

The Resident City Commissioner, Mr Lawrence Egole praised Lira University management for seriously considering collaborations with local and international partners. “The University has achieved a lot and needs more collaborations for further development,” he asserts.

The RCC revealed that the University has benefited from both the local and national communities, adding that the strength of a nation is based on the health of its citizens.

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