The Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) has entered into a partnership with the University of Lusaka (UNILUS) to provide clinical practical rotation for UNILUS medical students at the CIDRZ Central Laboratory.
Speaking during the Service Level Agreement (SLA) signing ceremony, CIDRZ Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO), Emmanuel Qua Enoo said, “Over the years, CIDRZ has been recognized as a high quality training site for young medical professionals. Therefore, it is exciting to be signing this Service Level Agreement with a reputable institution such as UNILUS today.
“The CIDRZ central laboratory where the medical students will be conducting their practicals is a state-of-the-art clinical diagnostic and research laboratory offering an array of tests. I am proud to state that our technical expertise and operational infrastructure will contribute greatly to the professional development of the students and subsequently the quality of health care provision to the Zambian people”.
And UNILUS Vice Chancellor Professor Pinalo Chifwanakeni said “UNILUS is delighted to enter into an arrangement that will result in enhancing our vision and passion. The University is a private institution that strives to bring latest ways of training. We are trying to run away from the book based training by becoming more practical and do things that are relevant to human society.
“The University is branching into the medical field, and of course we require latest technology because there are so many advances in the clinical world and partnering with an institution like yours, that has the latest equipment on the market as far as diagnosis and lab equipment is concerned. I am sure this is not going to benefit University of Lusaka students alone but ultimately the region as a whole because we do not only cater for students from Zambia alone but from around the world”.
The three year CIDRZ/UNILUS partnership is aimed at among other things, promotion of the understanding of science, research, health, medicine as well as offer professional development for medical students.