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A Word from the Council Registrar

Dear colleagues and stakeholders,

The Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council (UMDPC) will always be indebted for the spaces available by Zaddock Associates to enable it communicate to the general public and health professionals through this print media. I am sure this will extend to other media forums later. UMDPC always strives to improve on the services it offers to its clientele, who are the subscribed medical and dental practitioners, and the general public.

It is notable that recently our communication avenues have greatly improved and this has enabled the public and practitioners reach the UMDPC for information and queries. The updated addresses and contacts of practitioners available to the UMDPC have also crucially enabled us to reach them on both email and telephone. Practitioners now have access to current information including relevant and updated CPDs which UMDPC has solicited from different collaborators in several disciplines of health. At the moment, UMDPC is undertaking an exercise of accrediting all CPD providers. More resources will be added and we would like all practitioners to take full advantage of this, especially those which update our members on professional conduct and ethics so as to keep litigation, which is rampant, at bay. UMDPC will soon be engaging the general public through various upcountry radio programmes which we would like all our practitioners to be actively involved in.

The Council is also asking the general public and practitioners to use the new mobile telephone directory platform. Through this, we are looking at sensitizing the general communities on which are the duly registered clinics and qualified practitioners in their local areas. This system is currently being translated into various local languages to enable the rural folk use it appropriately.

In addition, UMDPC is currently revising its Act to enable it deal with some emergent loopholes that are embedded in the Current law. This exercise is being done in conjunction with other relevant Councils (for example UNMC, AHPC). These Councils will jointly prepare a Bill that will form an overarching body similar to URA, ERA, NDA which will enable them have the capacity and finances to take on new challenges within the healthcare sector. In all these above mentioned activities, practitioners and the general public are fully invited to take on a key role.

I would also like to inform you of the joint activities that our Councils are undertaking, especially on Health Unit inspections. This is stated to intensifying this year. This has so far enabled us to weed out quacks in so many parts of the country, though the problem still remains big. The UMDPC shall continue collaborating with both the general public and private practitioners in matters pertaining to inspection and supervising this year. Those interested can freely reach me on my below contacts details. We ask you to actively support the work being done by our established regional and district health authorities, which are the direct agents of the Councils, to improve on the quality of services offered by both the public and private sector. With your help, UMDPC be able to accredit all the worthy public and private facilities.

Lastly, please note that all UMDPC dues can now be paid directly into our Stanbic Bank account number –9030005784785, Forest Mall Branch, Lugogo. However please feel free to make such payments conveniently at your nearest Stanbic Bank branch. UMDPC intends to issue portable APL cards and other IT innovations in January 2013.

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