The origin of training Medical Vector control officers (VCOs) in Uganda started in 1956 with the training of Entomological Assistants. The training was without a curriculum but only departmental. The scope of Entomology in
In 1964 the course changed from on job training to a three year certificate where candidates qualified as Field Assistants (Entomology).
In 1973 the course finally changed to a 3 year National Diploma in Medical Entomology and Parasitology to date. The candidates recruited are A’ level leavers directly selected from the Joint Admission Board (JAB) of the Ministry of Education and Sports with at least a Principal pass in Biology and a subsidiary pass in Chemistry and Physics. Candidates must have scored at least five credits in science subjects and English language at O’ level. This is the only School of Medical Entomology and Parasitology in Africa south of the Sahara.
School Cirruculum Scope
The School curriculum scope is widened to suit the needs of a developing society, but also ease the teaching and learning. Vector Control is an arm of the health service delivery of Uganda. Vector Control Officers deal with Control of Vectors, pests and Vector Borne diseases (VBDs)/Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in communities such as Malaria, Dengue, Filariasis, Japanese encephalitis, leishmaniasis, yellow fever, Tungiasis (Jiggers), Onchocerciasis (River blindness), Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia), Trypanosomiasis (Sleeping sickness) and many others. Vector control is an important component of many vector-borne disease control programmes in communities.
Courses & Prospects
The main course units include Arthropoda, Parasitology, Environmental Health, Applied Microbiology, instrumentation, Applied Haematology, Epidemiology & community health, Applied Geography and Vermins, Applied Chemistry, Laboratory techniques, Integrated Vector management, Occupational health & safety, Management, Malacology Entomological practice (Practicals), and Research. These Medical Vector Control Professionals are deployed in local governments, the Ministry of Health, Kampala City Council Authority, UPDF, NGOs and the Private sector.