COM rolls out Dental Surgey programme

launching of Dental Surgery at COM

College of Medicine has enrolled the first crop of students into its newly-launched Bachelors in Dental Surgery programme.

The 25 students start classes Monday, August 26, 2019 and are expected to graduate in the next five years.

a section of the students in attendance at the launch
A section of the students in attendance at the launch

The programme supported by the Glasgow School of Dentistry with a grant from the Scottish government is meant to bring the much dental care close to the poor in Malawi.

A senior official from Ministry of Health Eliza Kapyeye said the dentistry school is one of the country’s biggest milestones.

Kapyepye
Kapyepye: Having our own school will have a big impact

She said: “We have been sending surgeons outside and having our own school will have a big impact. As a country we identified oral health as one of the biggest problems especially for those in the rural areas because we only have about 40 practitioners."

Kapyepye assured the students government has a place for them in the workforce because they have an 88 percent gap in the dentist profession.

Principal for the College of Medicine Professor Mwapatsa Mipando said he had no words to express his gratitude that the programme had been launched.

Mipando
Glad that the programme has been introduced: Prof Mipando

Professor Mipando said this will uplift the dental health of those who are marginalised looking at the fact that most will be posted in districts where the number of people with no access to such services are many.

He also appealed to the Ministry for a building for the students to be put up in as they are now housed under the Faculty of Medicine.

Jeremy Bag head of the Glasgow School of Dentistry said the Scottish government should be commended for the effort to make sure the programme comes into fruition.

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Bag at the event. Photos: Pemphero Musowa

He promised that they will continue to provide funding towards the programme.