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Lira University ties knot with Mbarara University of Science & Technology, receives medical equipment worth over shs65 Million

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From: Patrick Opio

Senior Public Relations Officer (SPRO)

Mbarara University of Science and Technology has donated medical equipment worth sh65 Million to Lira University for medical simulation programme,

Dr. Santorino Data, the Senior Lecturer Mbarara University said that healthcare simulation is a range of activities that share a broad, similar purpose, promoting team work. The handover ceremony took place at Faculty of Health Sciences, Midwifery block.

Dr Data observed that Simulation is a useful tool for training medical students and in ascertaining capacity competency. He added that the core competencies most conducive to simulation-based training are patient care, interpersonal skills, and systems based practice.

After receiving the medical equipment, Lira University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Jasper Ogwal Okeng lauded Mbarara University of Science and Technology for the partnership and support.

 The Vice Chancellor added that the main purpose of simulation is to train medical professionals to reduce error during surgery, prescription, crisis interventions, and general practice.

Prof. Ogwal Okeng noted that the simulation package received will improve the teaching, safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of healthcare services at the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The University Secretary, Mbarara University, Mr. Melchoir Byaruhanga praised Lira University for its commitment in local and global collaborations and partnerships. He added that Lira University will benefit more from this relationship in terms of innovations, research and project fundings.

Associate Professor Komukech Edward, the Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences, noted that the simulations will be held in the lecture rooms, in situational environments, or in spaces designed specifically for simulation practice. 

Christine Acio, a Lecturer and Coordinator SIM for Life Partnership revealed that simulation programme will ease teaching and learning process as it involves simulated human patients (artificial), human or a combination of the two that enhance practical skills.

Acio said that 12 staffs were trained on simulation skills to help train others and health students of the university.

Also in attendance were Lira University Deputy Vice Chancellor, Associate Professor Okaka Opio Dokotum, Senior Human Resource Officer, Mr Rahim, Senior Security Officer, Mr Opolo Peace, and University Legal Officer, among others.

Lira University, a public educational institution created in 2015, is located in Ayere cell, Barapwo Ward, Lira City West Division, Lira City. The university covers a total area of 621 acres (251.3 hectares) of land.

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