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Varsity welcomes freshmen to the College of Health Sciences

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Prof. Peter Mbithi, the Vice-Chancellor, interacts with the new students admitted to the College of Health Sciences.

This week, the University of Nairobi received and welcomed new students admitted to the College of Health Sciences (CHS).

The students were taken through orientation on November 23, 2017 and the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi officially welcomed them.
 
In his address, Prof. Mbithi urged the first years to take advantage of their time in the University and prosper.
 
“The University is endowed with a lot of resources,” he said. “Proper utilization of such enormous and readily available resources will serve to transform you into a holistic individual, impart excellence in your experiential learning and cultivate positive ethics and values in you.”
 
Prof. Mbithi noted that healthcare in Kenya faces a shortage of competent professionals. 
 
“A 2016 audit by Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union indicated that the number of doctors has dropped to 3,956 serving more than 40 million Kenyans. Yet according to the World Health Organization, Kenya should have at least 83,442 doctors in line with the minimum recommended ratio of 230 doctors per every 100,000 people,” he explained. “For sure your skills and training are needed to fill the gap to create a transformational community outreach. Grab that opportunity and follow your dreams.”
 
The students were taken through a detailed induction programme that included familiarization with colleagues, interaction with university staff and tour of facilities and infrastructure for academic and extracurricular activities.