By Kezia Koburungi
Three students from Kampala International University Western campus have emerged as winners in the Innovation Challenge Awards organised by Joint Medical stores (JMS).
Erisa Higenyi, a fourth year student of Pharmacy emerged as the overall winner and was rewarded UGX3 million and an internship placement at JMS.
He innovated an ‘Automatic tablet dispenser’ which helps visually impaired patients to take their medicine correctly.
The machine has a tablet sorting system and an alarm set to remind patients to take their medication. The other two winners were rewarded 2 million and 1 million respectively.
As part of its 40th anniversary celebration, Last month, JMS challenged medical students to develop ground breaking ideas in their inaugural Innovation Challenge Awards. The challenge was open to all medical institutions across the country.
Speaking during the handover at the JMS main offices at Nsambya, Dr. Belidad Baguma, the Executive Director noted “The aim of the competition was to offer a platform for budding medical students to showcase their innovations, get mentorship and also contribute to improving the health sector in the country.’’ He said.
He added: The winners will be offered jobs immediately after their studies.
The competition was stiff, and attracted several universities in Uganda
According to Dr. Tusiime Jonans, the Dean School of Pharmacy at KIU, the ward ‘ ‘ Doesn’t come as a surprise given that KIU has in the past scooped prestigious medical awards.’’
“In 2017, Daniel Muwanguzi won in the UTIL-Price challenge. The second award to be scooped was the HB Drug Applicator Award, and here, four students from KIU participated; the colleague emerged 1st and 3rd where they got two of the top three awards. The third runner up was Higenyi. We are very proud of our students and we know they are bound for great things.” He said.
The JMS is a private-Not-For Profit Non-Governmental Organization established in 1979. It procures, store and distribute medicines and other medical supplies.