KIU Seeks Legal Redress over Fake Graduate Doctors

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Associate Professor Robinson Ssebuwufu, the executive director of Kampala International University Teaching Hospital in Ishaka says their action follows numerous reports by both in government and private companies claiming the university is producing fake doctors.

Kampala International University has dragged a number of individuals to court for portraying a bad image on the quality of doctors trained by the institution.

Associate Professor Robinson Ssebuwufu, the executive director of Kampala International University Teaching Hospital in Ishaka says their action follows numerous reports by both in government and private companies claiming the university is producing fake doctors.

KIU is a private university owned by business tycoon Hassan Basajjabalaba. The medical school located in Ishaka town in western Uganda provides health sciences education at the diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

However, Ugandan legislators on the Parliamentary Health Committee and Dr Diana Atwine, the Director of the Health Monitoring Unit of State House made recommendations to Government in 2015, calling for an investigation into the quality of graduates from the university.

The East African Medical and Dental Practitioners Council together with that of Uganda in November 2015 also recommended that the university immediately fixes problems in the school or else it advises all the member six countries to stop students from joining KIU Medical School.

Ssebuwufu tells Uganda Radio Network that after thorough consultations with a legal team, several individuals have now been sued for damaging the reputation of the institution. He however declines to disclose details about the sued entities.
 
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Meanwhile, Dr Alice Namatovu, the assistant vice chancellor at KIU western campus says that the university administration has since taken a number of steps to improve the situation at the medical school.

She says they have introduced free health services at their teaching hospital in Ishaka and aligning the patient load for students as a way of enabling tangible practical's for medical students.  Namatovu says they have also set up and equipped four new science laboratories.
 
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