KIU’S WILLIAM SSENKIDU BECOMES 17TH PRESIDENT OF UGANDAN MEDICAL STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION
By Bogere Stuart
During the general assembly of all medical students in the country, held in Kabale, on Saturday 12th October, KIU’s Ssenkidu William, a fourth-year medical student from Ishaka, became the 17th President of the Federation of Uganda Medical Students Association (FUMSA).
Under the themes, ‘Neonatal and maternal health in the changing health system in Uganda’, the assembly of medical students held their annual elections to usher in new leaders for the upcoming year.
Ssenkidu sets the pace for KIU medical students
After a series of campaigns, Ssenkidu emerged victorious in a tightly contested race for president, hence becoming, the first-ever FUMSA president from Kampala International University.
Ssekindu’s record of advocacy, participation in international collaborations and charismatic style of leadership helped him persuade a tough crowd of future doctor’s into choosing him as their leader for the next 12 months.
“I’ve always dreamed about being a good leader. But to lead the next generation of doctors’ is something that I’m extremely proud of. It’s definitely a defining moment in my life. But more importantly, it’s the work ahead of me that matters. The future of health care in this country is a critical mission. My goal is to work for better social accountability and increasing the level of advocacy concerning curriculum development. Additionally, I’m looking at building vehicles for forward movement in the area of partnerships between our student body and the non-profit and government sector. It’s quite the challenge, but I’m excited,” said Ssenkindu.
He went on to thank, the DVC Western Campus, Professor Patrick Kyamanywa, the Executive Director of the KIU Teaching Hospital, Professor Robinson Ssebuufu. He also thanked the BOT for their strong and visionary leadership which has inspired.
Last but not least, he thanked the medical student fraternity for trusting him with leadership.
“If it wasn’t for them, this would not be possible,” he said.