Tanzania desperately needs health practitioners who have developed the core competencies required to provide quality care to patients, families and communities guided by evidence-based practice, Dr Gilbert Mliga, Director Human Development, Ministry of health and Social welfare said yesterday in Dar es Salaam.
The government was working with the private sector and other health based institutions to scale up the availability of adequate numbers of competent health workers in the country, he said.
Health practitioners should adhere to the medical professional ethics, he said, adding it was necessary for them to show empathy and commitment to patients.
”That is the way to build respect, trust and honour from the patients you serve and nation at large,” he told the graduating nurses at The Aga Khan University.
The President of The Aga Khan University, Firoz Rasul, urged the graduates to be agents of positive social change in health sector, embrace diversity and work as per the communities’ expectation.
On his part, the University’s Principal, Khairunnisa Dhamani, said The Aga Khan University-Tanzania Institute for Higher Education (AKU-TIHE), aimed at addressing the issues related to human resource capacity building within the region.
A total of 20 graduands completed the post registered Bachelor of Science in nursing programme. About 37 others completed the Registered Nurse Diploma programme.
The graduation ceremony was also attended by ambassadors, vice chancellors of Tanzania universities, officials of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology among other dignitaries.