This article is not just like any other article, it harbors so much hate grueled and fueled with so much anticipation when one graduates with useless unrecognized papers from reputable institutions. I must say that am one proud guy when it comes to things dealing with human emotions, Nutritionists are a crying lot in this country with population mostly having underlying nutritional problems.
Nutrition students in various institutions will never understand this. We Kenyans love to learn from our own mistakes. Okay, for Egerton University students please don’t dare show Dr Stella Muthoka this. The good associate Professor will make you believe that you can be like her when you graduate. Graduates out there can prove me wrong though.
For the Record, there has been and there will be nothing wrong with the institutions offering nutrition or the course itself. This fact will cling on your neck until you meet the Kenya Nutritionist and Dietetians Board (KNDI). You will harbor the great scientists thoughts that Nutrition is the medicine of tomorrow and that you are the doctor till eternity only to hear stupid words from this useless Parliamentary formed body called KNDI. Very toothless and sheer nonsense.
Imagine of a body formed and trusted to the dinosaurs in the field. For Christ and Mtume Mohamed’s sake, dinosaurs are supposed to be extinct. Those who believe that Nutrition as scientific and dynamic as it may seem, should only follow a certain regime used by Linus Pauling and Mayo Clinic in 1970’s. That era when even the whites who are leading the tracks in sharing nutrition works still ate like rodents. Any 2014 graduate should tell me if this institute trains people.
Forgive my ignorance but I thought this so called legally recognized body was to champion for the rights of real nutritionists out here. I thought its agenda and that which belongs up to its entirety to Madam Professor Tuitoek of Egerton’s Human Nutrition Department and Dr Julia Ojiambo one of the very first women MPs after Phoebe Asiyo was going beyond fighting Murugu Nutritional Cures, the Mighty Moringa and other self proclaimed nutritional doctors. I thought that since the bill was enacted back in 2007, this members ought to have atleast accomplished and shared with the parliament some of its agreed upon deliverable s.
As Nutritionist/Author McOginga,even as ignorant as I may appear to this old chaps, I harbor strong feelings that things would have been better. Somebody should instill some sense into my head if Student doctors are not paid in Kenya. What is the difference between the student doctors and student nutritionists on internship?. Why do they have to refer to ‘US’ as our ‘MEDICAL TEAM’ instead of just Scrubbing this profession called nutrition completely out of a patient recovery treatment record?
KNDI has made most of us bitter, even those who changed career paths immediately they stepped out of a certain World Class institution. By the way some of us do not see the need of collecting certificates from individual institution’s archives. Why should I go to collect a burden, that which will make me be a victim of junk foods?. What will be the difference between me and Dr. Murugu?. What will bar me from searching for a job in Murugu’s firm?.
Everybody should imagine a situation which only requires you to pay cash and get nothing of quality in return. Sincerely speaking and on behalf of those of us who are yet to embrace being Techsavvy, does any of a tech guy out there think that anyone should pay 4000 shillings per year for a mere updating of a single guy’s online information?. And again, which kind of information will this mega technology be carrying?.
Kenya Nutritionist and Dietetians Institute should hear the cries of several graduates languishing in poverty with their parents back in the villages. They should weigh the possibilities of working as a government intern for a record one year without pay. They should tell us why National Youth Service who are supposedly volunteering getting huge pays at the end of the month. They should carry out a survey and find out the real people who remain in wards up to deep in the night when everybody else is not around. They should find out the people job BER’s are set for. They should find out who submits monthly reports and even new ideas at the end of every month.
I can’t live with the thought that instead of getting a Job and earning, am busy hustling to give 10000 shillings to KNDI, another 20000 shillings for me to be called a nutritionist and am also supposed to attend ward rounds weeks over till a year elapses without pay. For this, I will blame Julia Ojiambo, the government under Health cabinet secretary, the stake holders which is the institutions of higher learning offering the course and the board in its entirety. You are a shame to those who have enrolled and are in their first year taking nutrition. I do not want to delve into Public Health officers, Nurses and some doctors thinking that they know the recurrent theories surrounding Vitamin C usage in treatment of cold and other allergies better than nutritionists.
Happy World Nutrition Day Ahead!!!!