THE Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council (UNMC) has announced the de-registration of a number of licenced nurses and midwives for reasons ranging from forged academic papers, impersonation as well as masquerading as nurses or midwives.
The council is mandated to regulate the nursing and midwifery profession in Uganda, that entails licencing and de-licencing practicing nurses or midwives in the country.
For many years Uganda faced a challenge of few well trained medical professionals at the level of nurses or midwives and coupled with the brain-drain of doctors to greener pastures often outside the country, this further reinforced the need for a nurses and midwives in the numbers.
With these developments and more so has it come with it’s own fair share of challenges like people impersonating as qualified medical personnel that are mostly situated in remote hard-to-reach rural areas. The council keeps on doing a commendable job.
A comprehensive list of those affected by this cracking of the whip can be found at: http://unmc.ug/download/quacks-.pdf