• May




In a glittering orientation ceremony DDT College of Medicine welcomed more than 200 new students as they began their new medical journey with the Gaborone based college. In his welcome remarks the Director of Corporate Services Mr Tshepo Sitale encouraged students to partake seriously in their studies. He said as the College they are always ready to support the students in any area be it social or academic. Mr Sitale urged students to always know their studies comes first advising them not to be strayed by the busy city life. The guest Speaker, the Chancellor of DDT College of Medicine Dr Derrick Tlhoiwe gave students the vision of the college. He emphasized the need for Botswana in particular and Africa in general to have enough medical personnel to address the issue of shortage of such. Dr Tlhoiwe also shared his journey as a medical student in the United States to inspire the new students. He reminded the students to always know they are top class as they had to pass through a rigorous process to be students at DDT COM. Stakeholders also used this special moment to share their mandate with the students. A senior ranking officer from Human Resources Development Council Mr Botshelo revealed how the health sector is still lagging behind in human capacity. He also urged the new students to robustly study and takes their studies seriously. He lamented that some students do not take advantages of the opportunities they get and end up loosing their sponsorships from government.

Meanwhile it emerged that sponsorship policies will keep on changing hence it is not a guarantee that failing students will automatically get re-sponsorship. This was revealed by the Publicity officer Mr Lenitikile from Department of Tertiary Education Financing. In light of that development therefore He encouraged students’ work hard noting that they should no listen to their senior students as they might have benefited earlier from a previous policy. Other stakeholders who graced the occasion include the Botswana Police Services who warned the students about rampant drug use among tertiary students. Students were always forewarned of corn artists who always masquerade as desperate elderly citizens. Such ‘elderly citizens’ will be eyeing to steal gadgets such as laptops and smart phones from good Samaritans who fall prey to their evil schemes. In another development there was testing and counselling for HIV by Tebelopele Testing and Counselling Center. Large number of students visited the stalls to do their tests and they were impressed with the privacy of the stalls. The students learned that HIV/AIDS prevalence is still high especially among the youth and the health authorities are still worried with the new infections rate despite the abundant public education. On his closing remarks the director Mr Sitale thanked all those present especially the stakeholders who found time from their busy schedules to come and address the new students at DDT COM. He reiterated the Chancellor’s vision of providing the highest quality of professional medical education in Botswana.