John Gitau Wairimu who is the first Kenyan to graduate with a master’s degree in Nuclear medicine (Photo: Courtesy)
Kenyan among first four to graduate with masters in nuclear medicine
A Kenyan living in the US has joined an elite rank of students to become the first four to graduate with a Master’s degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology. 34-year old John Gitau Wairimu graduated with three other Americans from the University of Alabama at Birmingham UAB. A fete never achieved in the whole of United States.
Gitau who also holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Health with a major in epidemiology from the Birmingham Alabama based University has his eyes on a PhD in Healthcare management to begin in 2018. His degree will be handy in diagnosing and determining the severity levels of diseases including various types of cancers and heart diseases which are ballooning in Kenya. “I have rubbed shoulder with some of the greatest scientist and physicians in the world at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and having learnt from them, I feel ready and confident enough to go out in the World and have an impact in someone’s life,” Gitau told a local press. Recently in Kenya, Kabarak University launched a 500-bed multi-disciplinary tertiary hospital in kabarak, Nakuru County. The facility christened ‘state-of-the-art’ will be one of the few institutions within the country with the latest medical equipment on nuclear medicine. The hospital hopes to attract Kenyan health professionals working abroad to return home even as it seeks to retain graduates who might have otherwise left.