Medical Entomology and Parasitology

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Students attending a lecture on River blindness in Anaka Hospital Nwoya district during field work placement

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Entomology students visit a community setting in Nwoya district for malaria Control field work placement.

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Students of Medical Entomology and Parasitology dressed in COVID-19 Suits for IPC

Ento Students disinfecting the Airport

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Nature of work:

Vector Control is an arm of the Health Service delivery of Uganda. Since 1956, Professionals from the School of Medical Entomology and Parasitology (Medical Vector Control Officers-VCOs) deal with Control of Vectors, public health pests and Vector Borne diseases (VBDs)/Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in communities such as Malaria, Dengue, Filariasis, Leishmaniasis (Kala azar), Yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, Onchocerciasis (River blindness), Tungiasis, Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia), Trachoma, Zika Virus, COVID-19, Trypanosomiasis (Sleeping sickness) and many other parasitic diseases.

These Allied Health Professionals are deployed in Local governments, the Ministry of Health, Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA), UPDF, Prisons, State House, Police force, International and Local Organisations (NGOs) and the Private sector.

Direct Entry requirements;

  • UACE with at least 1 principal pass in either Biology or Chemistry and a subsidiary pass from the other.
  • UCE with at least 5 passes in Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English.

Indirect Entry requirements; A Certificate in any of these health related disciplines;

  • Nursing/Midwifery, Environmental Health Sciences
  • Medical Laboratory Techniques.

Duration: 3 Yrs