By Kiyimba Bruno

Makerere University on Friday officially launched a Health Informatics course that will enable medical students to apply computing and Information Technology to medical practice in the modern day world.

During the launch, Information Technology and Communications Minister Frank Tumwebaze thanked the staff of Makerere University for choosing the right way since technology is the only way to go.

He said the course which shall be offered at Masters level will enable the University to reduce on the production of  half-baked graduates in the country.

“Where the world is going, no one shall survive minus IT Knowledge. To me this is a good trend to the medics of Makerere University. I also believe that if a doctor comes out of university with IT knowledge, then he or she will not have issues with using the upgraded gadgets that keep on evolving now days.” said Tumwebaze.

The minister promised to give relevant support to the university staff and students as far as the course is concerned.

Tumwebaze requested the dean of the college to make a relevant budget so that support can be given out from the ministry.

On the same event, Dr Evelyn Kigozi Kahiigi, the Dean of Information Technology at the University revealed that each student at the institution has over USD 1700 to enable them carry out relevant research thus advising all students to make their proposals before the end of mid June 2018.

Currently six students are on scholarship of whom four are in their second year whereas the two are in first year of study.

Dr Kigozi thanked the Norwegian government through the HITRAIN group for giving such great support to the projects and programs of Makerere University.