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IAMS Matriculates 58 Freshmen 

By Azore Opio

The Higher Institute of Applied Medical Sciences, IAMS, Saturday 20, matriculated 58 student nurses for the 2010/2011 academic year at its premises on Malingo Street, Molyko, Buea in the Southwest.

Cross-section of IAMS freshmen taking the oath

The freshmen admitted at the sixth matriculation ceremony would take up courses at the Advanced Diploma/Higher National Diploma, Professional Bachelor in Nursing Sciences, Laboratory Technology and Medical Diagnostic Sonography levels. The matriculation ceremony was conducted under the theme "Potential Litigations Related to Health Practice in Cameroon", an academic discourse delivered by Austin Achunkwe, part-time instructor at IAMS.

In his discourse, Achunkwe explained some of the civil and criminal offences that may arise from poor practice or abuse of the nursing profession to include, assault or battery of the patient by the nurse, causing abortion with or without the knowledge of the victim, negligence on the part of the nurse that could lead to the death of the patient and many others.

He said such malpractices are rampant in Cameroon’s public and private hospitals and many of such cases often go unreported, let alone brought to court, yet they are all punishable by the law. The ceremony culminated in a visit to a new site in Wokaka Village in Muea acquired by IAMS for the construction of a more modern institute. Chief Johnson Njoke poured libation on the piece of land that overlooks the campus of the University Institute of Diocese of Buea, UIDB.

IAMS was created to fill the big gap in the nursing profession in Cameroon and reduce the high rate of unemployment among the youths, while equipping them with knowledge to enable them compete on the international employment market.

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