UNAM School of Medicine signs stewardship agreement with Health Ministry
A Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of an Advisory Board for the School of Medicine at the University of Namibia, to replace the now defunct board of governance was agreed upon and singed into effect this week.
The objective of the MoU is to facilitate collaboration between UNAM and the Ministry of Health in the development and improvement of operations of the School of Medicine especially in the areas of training and research programmes.
The University of Namibia under the stewardship of Professor Hangula and his team from the UNAM School of Medicine and the Ministry of Health and Social services acknowledge the contribution of the Health Professions Council led by Cornelius Weyulu and his team for the input on the document.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services will make provision for the clinical training of medical students, student nurses, dentist, and pharmacists at both undergraduate and post graduate levels as well as the handling of applications of the School of Medicine curriculum.
The Minister of Health and Social Services Dr. Bernard Haufiku said that his ministry views the MoU as a living and dynamic document. “The board members are appointed on the basis of their experience and competencies in governance and management, therefore the ministry is confident that this Advisory Board will perform up to its expectations” said Dr Haufiku.
Syllabic guidelines and logbooks in the clinical training of undergraduate and post graduate students also falls under the responsibility of the Advisory Board. The UNAM School of Medicine will provide some input on the necessary healthcare facility infrastructure and technology capabilities for clinical leadership and training.
The implementation and management of medical research, medical education and quality assurance as well as the oversight to ensure the private health facilities intended for training and clinical teaching of medical students as provided for by the Hospitals and Health Facilities Act is another area where the Advisory Board would apply itself.