The Guest of Honor, Maama Janet Kataha Museveni, Minister of Education and Sports, My Lord Bishop Joseph Anthony Zziwa, of Kiyinda- Mityana Diocese and Chairperson of the Episcopal Conference, Chairman Board of Governors, St. Francis Hospital Nsambya, Professor Freddie Ssengooba, Mother General of the Little Sisters of St. Francis, Sr. Cecilia Njeri, all Dignitaries in your respective capacities, invited Guests, Parents, Graduands, ladies and Gentlemen, I have the pleasure and honor to once again welcome you to this important occasion, when Nsambya Hospital Training school passes out yet another group of Graduands , in spite of the truly trying times of COVID 19 Pandemic.
My name is Mary Specioza Mbabali, Chairperson of St. Francis Hospital Nsambya Nursing, Midwifery and Laboratory Training School Council.
The Council was put in place by the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act of 2001. Its mandate is to oversee and support Management of the Training School by developing policies and strategies of the school.
School governess is headed by the Principal Sister Stella Josephine Namatovu a Little Sister of St. Francis, who leads a strong team of Nursing, Midwifery and Laboratory Tutors and support staff, whose dedication and resilience has resulted into this auspicious assembly today.
The school works hand in hand with St. Francis Hospital Nsambya Management team, under the leadership of the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Andrew Ssekitoleeko and the Senior Principal Nursing Officer Ms. Annet Dolorence Namirembe, who manages Nursing and Midwifery staff in the clinical area.
In addition, the Clinical Nursing and Midwifery staff, support students in hands-on learning of clinical skills, while the Head of Laboratory and staff do the same for Laboratory students.
The school has stood the test of time having started with training of Midwives at Certificate level over one hundred years (100) ago by Mother Kevin a Franciscan Missionary Sister of Africa and her five (5) colleagues who braved the trials of starting a new hospital under a mango, and training of midwives at Nsambya. We are greatly indebted to these missionaries for having founded this service for the People of Uganda.
VOTE OF THANKS
At this moment, on behalf of the school Council and on my own behalf, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to our Chief Guest, Mama Janet Museveni,
for having made time on your exceedingly busy schedule to come and grace this occasion.
I thank the Ministry of Education and Sports under your leadership, for continued guidance and support extended to this Institution. My thanks also go to my Lord Bishop Joseph Anthony Zziwa for blessing this occasion with your presence and offering the Holy Sacrifice of Mass.
Further appreciation is expressed to the following:
- The National Council for Higher Education
- The Ministry of Health
- Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau,
- The Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council.
- The Uganda Allied Health Council
- The Uganda Nurses, Midwives Examination Board.
- The Uganda Allied Health Examination Board,
For unfailing support they give to this Institution.
Last but not least, I sincerely appreciate the organizers of this occasion, the Principal and school staff for making our stay comfortable, media houses for connecting us the rest of the world enabling all our other graduands to be virtually in attendance of this 28th graduation.
For God and My Country. Mrs. Speciosa Mbabali
Chairperson School Governing Council