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Following a visit by the East African Community Medical and Dental Practitioners Council at Makerere University Dental School in February 2020, the School can now carry out its operations, having greatly improved the quality of facilities.
In July 2019, the East African Community Medical and Dental Practitioners Council ordered Makerere University Dental School to close over poor facilities and failure to meet minimum requirements.
The report signed by the Chairpersons of EAC Medical and Dental Practitioners Council in 2019 stated that the school didn’t meet minimum requirements to train students.
The report also revealed that most of the equipment was not operational, casting a doubt on the quality of dental surgeons coming out Uganda’s most prestigious University.
The EAC body ordered the University to stop new admissions in dental programme until the issues are complied with.
However, on Monday the Principal, Makerere University College of Health Sciences Prof Charles Ibingira said that the dental school has met the requirements.
“Makerere University working with the Government of Uganda and Ministry of Health has met the requirements and recently, the same East African Medical and Dental Practitioners Council visited us.
They visited and re-inspected on 10th February (2020) and they were extremely happy,” he said.
Ibingira added that the facility now has 21 new dental chairs in addition to a building structure rendered to the school by the University.
He also noted that Government and the University availed more funds to construct another building which will host lecturer rooms, clinic among others.
“The University has started the process of procuring another 11 dental chairs. So, in the final process we shall be having over 35 dental chairs and that will happen by April.”
On the challenge of lack of teaching staff which was among those faced by the school before, Prof Ibingira said the University has employed teachers, holds new home for dental department and endeavoring to create a fully-fledged dental school.
“Therefore that threat is not there and we continue to be the leading trainers of dental surgeons in the region.”
He added that ever since the dental clinic was opened, the facility has welcomed over 20,000 patients.
The school offers free dental care and trains dental students.