NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 2 – The University of Nairobi has praised the recent separation of conjoined twins at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) as a milestone in the country’s health sector.
Speaking during a ceremony to mark the 56th graduation at the Chancellor’s Court, University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor Prof Peter Mbithi commended the team over 60 medical experts involved in the operation that lasted 23 hours in early November, which resulted in the successful separation of the conjoined twins who had their lower spines fused together.
“The team of top health professionals mainly from the University of Nairobi’s School of Medicine at the Kenyatta National Hospital managed to separate conjoined twins,” he said.
“I pay special tribute to them and assure them of our continued support in making this county self reliant in manpower requirements.”
According to Prof Mbithi, the University of Nairobi had continued to provide leadership in the field of medicine, a position the institution was keen to maintain in order to continuously improve the quality of medical care in the country.
Professor Mbithi noted that the University of Nairobi’s position had significantly improved in the recent past, further validating its vision of being a centre of scholarly excellence.
“The University of Nairobi ranking in Africa has improved from position nine in 2014 to position six currently,” he noted. “The university has also joined the league of the top three percent universities globally.”
Addressing graduands during the ceremony, University of Nairobi Chancellor Dr Vijoo Rattansi urged them to live true to the values the university stands for saying economic freedom – a key pillar of the values of the university – could only be archived through good governance.
“Kenya belongs to all of us and remains the beacon of peace in this region – if we burn it down, we have nowhere to go,” she said appealing to the graduands to be ambassadors of peace and good governance in pursuit of their respective career paths.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i urged institutions of higher learning to continue safeguarding the quality of education saying the government was committed to ensuring education system is relevant under underpinned in the country’s national objectives.
“Kenya Vision 2030 aims to transform into an industrialised middle income country providing a high quality life to all its citizens by the year 2030,” he said.
Friday’s graduation witnessed close to 10,000 awards of academic certificates including 57 PhDs, 49 Postgraduate Diplomas, 2,477 Masters Degrees, 5,177 Bachelor’s Degrees, 2 Fellowships and 743 Ordinary Diplomas.