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Medical Officers

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 6 April 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that only six African medical officers from Tanganyika have been trained at Makerere Medical School and that there are no African registered medical practitioners in Tanganyika; and what steps he proposes to take to remedy this situation.

Nine African assistant medical officers from Tanganyika have been trained at Makerere. No Tanganyika Africans have so far acquired a medical qualification which is registrable in this country. My right hon. Friend has recently approved Colonial Development and Welfare Grants totalling £152,000 towards the extension of medical teaching facilities at Makerere. The possibility of recognising the Makerere medical diploma as a registrable qualification is also being examined. I hope that these steps will lead to an increase in the numbers of qualified African medical officers in East Africa.