On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, Sagam Community Hospital (SCH) and Maseno University (MSU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that establishes a joint collaboration between the two institutions to mutually offer attachments/placements for MSU medical students at SCH. This partnership will support SCH’s mission towards the provision of affordable and accessible healthcare to the surrounding community.
The event was officiated by Professor Dominic W. Makawiti, the Vice – Chancellor at MSU, who also served as the signatory on behalf of the university. SCH was represented by Mr. Nelson Rogo, the Chairman of the Board at SCH. The signing was officially witnessed by Dr. Walter Obita, the SCH Director and General Manager, and Ms. Elizabeth Ayoo, Head of Legal Services at MSU.
Key remarks by Professor Makawiti focused on the importance of SCH as a key institution in providing health services and other interventions at the community level. He further noted that the collaboration will provide students with clinical experience at the community level. Mr. Rogo expounded on the hospital’s mission and how the collaboration with Maseno is in line with its vision for enhancing health services in the region. Dr. Obita further provided details on the the hospital’s current activities including its expansion, the partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), acquisition of hospital equipment (with assistance from MGH) and community outreach efforts.
Other officials present included representatives from MSU, SCH and MGH including Professor Wilson Odero (Dean of the Faculty of Medicine – MSU); Dr. Benson Nyambega (Chair of the Medical Biochemistry Department – MSU); Dr. Charles Nyakinda (Chair of the Human Anatomy Department – MSU); Dr. George Ogonji (faculty member), Mr. Zephania Okelo Owiro (member of the Board – SCH); Mr. Benson Otieno (Executive Officer – SCH); Mr. Samuel Alao Orondo (Community Nurse); and Dr. Jeff Pierce (MGH).
A representative from MSU’s Public Relations Office as well as members of the media from Gulf Radio and Education News were also present.
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