Officials of the University of Botswana’s Medical School took local media on a tour of their facility on Tuesday evening, providing an update in the process of their programmes. Head of the School of Allied Health Professions at the university, Modisa Motswaledi, said that even though they are doing very well and offering courses that are high on demand in the market both locally and internationally, they have a shortage of resources. He said they are growing tremendously well, having received a grant that enabled them to train more staff.
Motswaledi said that they now offer doctorate degrees in research and first graduates are due next year. He said their students go to for training in hospitals and clinics around the country. “We have promising access to facilities that will enhance our teaching and we are looking forward to the opening of the teaching hospital and the public health laboratory that will be next to Marina,” he said. He said that will help them a lot because they have been using private laboratories at Diagnofirm, Gaborone Private Hospital Laboratory and Bokamoso Private Hospital Laboratory for their students’ attachments. “We expect 100% absorption of our students in the job market because there is also an international demand. Our graduates will always find jobs because our facility is the only one of its kind in the region and one of the few in Africa,” he said. He added that they want to be a hub of Medical Laboratory in the region.
Dr Michelle Roland, who is the Director of the United States Centres for Disease Control, said that as the USA there are so many things that they are supporting Botswana with through their institutions like Pennsylvania University and Harvard Institute through collaborations that have also been established in Botswana. “We have collaborated with Botswana in dealing with diseases like Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS and we do more research for diseases like cervical cancer. There are many of these,” she said. Dean of Health Sciences Professor Ishmael Kasvosve encouraged people to come on board and contribute towards making the academy the best.