At least 30 UPDF health workers graduated from a 12-month training in specialized nursing, at Gaddafi barracks recently.
The soldiers were trained to provide first aid to UPDF casualties and civilians in the war theatre. This is the fourth intake of company medics, who received training on mental health and other emergencies during missions.
According to the UPDF chief of Medical Services, Brig Ambrose Musinguzi, the newly graduated company medics will be dispatched to work under the African Mission in Somalia (Amisom) and other army barracks within Uganda.
He explained that the graduates had been trained to, among other things, detect and treat soldiers with depression at the battlefront.
“We have a challenge of officers getting stressed on battle grounds like Amisom; therefore, these company medics will help in early detection of mental instabilities and counselling of affected victims,” Musinguzi said.
Musinguzi added that the graduates were in demand in the UPDF.
“UPDF has for long suffered a challenge of employing civilian nurses who are hard to find, but with these company medics will bridge the health gap in the armed forces,” Musinguzi stressed.
The acting commandant of Gaddafi barracks school of Allied Health and Nursing, Capt Beatrice Kakai, encouraged the graduates to transfer their skills and knowledge to others in times of need.
However, the school is yet to obtain accreditation from the National Council for Higher Education and its certificates, while awarded for work accomplished, are not recognized outside the UPDF.