Nairobi, 13 March, 2020 / 2:21 am (ACI Africa).
Following last week’s closure of a Kenya-based Catholic medical institution, the leadership of the facility has, in a Wednesday, March 11 statement, defended its credibility, blaming the state of things to biased and contradictory reports from multiple agencies.
“Uzima has been a victim of contradictory recommendations from the two regulatory authorities viz. KMPDC (Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council) and EACMPDB (East African Community Medical and Dental Board), which seem not to respect each other's decisions,” reads in part the statement by the management of Uzima University College seen by ACI Africa.
Following the multi-agency inspection, the management of the Catholic institution was given six months to close and distribute the continuing students to the other medical schools, after the third joint inspection of medical and dental schools, and teaching hospitals found the institution to be only 49 percent compliant.
The March 2-6 inspection focused on governance and management, academic programmes, human resource, student affairs, infrastructure, monitoring and evaluation of programmes, research and innovation.
According to the institution’s management, “if professionalism and audit ethics had been strictly adhered to by the evaluator, then the many glaring anomalies in the final report which has damaged the otherwise good reputation of our medical school would have been averted and corrected before releasing the same to the press.”