THE University Of Zimbabwe College Of Health Sciences says it will soon incorporate emergency medicine into its curriculum.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
Emergency medicine, also known as accident and emergency medicine, is the medical specialty concerned with the care of illnesses or injuries requiring immediate medical attention. Emergency physicians care for unscheduled and undifferentiated patients of all ages.
With this discipline gaining traction across the world while Zimbabwe is catching up, indications were that they would have loved to do have emergency medicine next year. The UZCHS dean Professor Rangarirai Masanganise however told HealthTimes that it takes longer to have it in place by 2020.
“To say we are going to have that in 2020 will be dream come true. Why? Because you have to design regulations which have to go through different stages. One its departmental stage, then its college stage, then from college it goes to the Senate, it goes to Zimbabwe Council of Higher Medicine (Zimche) for approval, there must be stakeholder consultation. So it’s a process. It doesn’t happen overnight,” he said.
He expressed the UZCHS’ enthusiasm to teach emergency medicine. “But yes the desire is there and it will be done. But not in 2020,” Prof Masanganise.
Emergency medicine is currently taught by private players in emergency care business. Most doctors trained in the country are alleged to have scant knowledge of emergency medicine.