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School of Medicine celebrates 50th anniversary in style

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The University Of Nairobi’s School of Medicine, celebrated 50 years since inception in style. The celebrations were held at the College of Health Sciences and the crowning moment, a dinner was organized at the Chandaria Auditorium, Main Campus on July 29, 2017.

Speaking during the event, Prof. Miriam Were, Chancellor, Moi University, urged medical practitioners to stay true to their calling and above all to be more caring, ethical as they carry out their duties. She narrated the earlier days when medical school was established in 1976 and they were only 28 in class to the present day, when students are more than 500.

The medical school has grown over the years and has secured global partnerships that have contributed significantly to the advancement of the medical practice in Kenya. The school has since produced 10,000 Medics since inception.

With increase in the use of technology, the medical practice has grown in leaps and bounds and the current medical practitioners are urged to stay up to date with the latest technological advancement in the medical practice. 

Prof. Peter Mbithi, the Vice-Chancellor, congratulated the School on their achievements as they marked the 50 years since inception. He urged the school to stay to true to its course in producing holistic medical graduates who will plug into the country healthcare system.

Dr. Amir Thakrar, CEO, Avenue Healthcare, who is also the Alumni Chair, Medical School Chapter, observed that Kenya have made significant advancement in the provision of healthcare in the continent and up to 40 African countries benchmark with us. He added that with only 3% of the population being medical practitioners, he urged them to be efficient in their field. His rallying call to all medics was to join the University of Nairobi Alumni Association and experience networking opportunitiesand job references.

Dr. Samuel Oroko, Chairman, Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union, KPMDU, urged the University Management to establish medical centers of excellence that train expertise in the whole country. He observed that medics need specialized training to cope with the healthcare challenges and medical needs of Kenyans.

The 50 year celebrations were supported by among others, Equity Bank of Kenya, National Hospital Insurance Fund and the University of Nairobi, among other partners.

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