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Nelson Mandela University officially opens its medical school

Nelson Mandela University (NMU) officially launched its medical school, a move the Department of Higher Education and Training described as the fulfillment of a long-held dream.

To mark the occasion on Tuesday, the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, congratulated the university on this historic achievement of becoming the tenth medical school in the country.

“I would like to commend the university for the continued role it plays in this region, through its excellent teaching and learning programs, research and community engagement.”

According to the minister, the facility will promote local economic development within the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, the fifth largest municipality in South Africa.

He told delegates that the country should be proud of the excellent teaching and learning facility dedicated to training future healthcare professionals.

Nzimande also took the time to pay tribute to the late Professor Lungile Pepeta who died of COVID-19 last year for his enormous contribution to establishing a solid foundation for this medical school. “I heard you might name this after Professor Pepeta. I certainly think it would be greatly appreciated.

Although the school was launched today, Nzimande said the first cohort of students was nearing the end of their first year of study.

According to the minister, NMU Medical School, located on the Missionvale campus, aims to position health education to be more responsive to South Africa’s health needs by expanding access to health care programs. health.

“The school will generally add to the health professionals our country so badly needs to improve our health system as a country.”

He said the establishment of the school was long overdue, dating back to 2013, when a business plan was first developed. The National Skills Fund then injected 73 million rand into it with the support of the ministry.

“I am delighted that this new medical degree focuses on comprehensive primary health care from the first year of study.”

Nzimande said he was happy the school plans to use global technological innovations to support interactive education.

“I also fully subscribe to the ethics of this medical school, which is firmly based on the delivery of community and primary health care by developing health professionals who are committed to providing accessible and affordable health services. “

In addition, he announced that during the current fiscal year, the department has allocated R644.7 million for clinical training of healthcare professionals in the sector, of which R19 million will go to the NMU.

“As you know, public hospitals across the country are overwhelmed due to the scarcity of health professionals. “

To address these shortages, the department worked closely with the Ministry of Health to equip universities and clinical training platforms. “We are committed to continuing this important work to strengthen our health training and education in South Africa. “- SAnews.gov.za

Nelson Mandela University officially opens its medical school

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