Blantyre City Mayor, Noel Chalamanda has urged the College of Medicine to be visible in the communities around Blantyre.
Chalamanda said this on Tuesday in Blantyre during a COM partner’s day organized by the College as it is celebrating its Silver Jubilee urging the college to consider starting offering paramedic services to the residents.
“I would like to urge you to be visible like helping accident victims whenever there is one, organize first aid campaigns as well as health awareness campaigns.
“I normally see students at the shopping mall taking people’s BP, weight and giving them advice, that is beautiful,” said Chalamanda.
Chalamanda said initiatives like health week will in turn help residents of Blantyre live a healthier life.
College of Medicine Principal, Dr Mwapatsa Mipando said the idea fits in the college’s plans as one of the new programmes they want to start within the shortest period of time.
“The Mayor just told me that they have ambulances and they would want people to partner with them to work together and I am going to instruct one of the Deans of Medicine to go to Blantyre City Council and discuss on how best we can pilot the initiative to show that it can work if we start it.
“We are going to discuss with the mayor so that we start as a pilot programme and looking at how paramedics can work in Blantyre,” indicated Mwapatsa.
Mwapatsa indicated that their meeting with the partners was successful as they have enlighten each other on how best they can work together looking at the future.
“It was interesting to get feedback from the partners on what the college is doing with some registering interest to work together with the college in various areas,” said Mipando.
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