“Being an ECP to me means working hard with a lot of expectations, but with the goal of saving lives”
Kamugisha John Bosco (JB) is 31 years old and has been an ECP for 10 years. He is from the town of Rukungiri and is married with two daughters and a son. Being an ECP has given him a career that he passionately works hard at with the ultimate goal of saving lives. JB has had the opportunity to train ECP’s that are now currently managing their own patients.
JB finds being an ECP is incredibly rewarding by allowing him to do research and clinical work, as well as offering him the ability to attend technology workshops. In addition, he appreciates that by being an ECP, the work that he does is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specific Development Goals that come to his mind include SDG 3 and SDG 4, relating to good health/wellbeing and health promotion/education. JB values the good leadership and teamwork that the GEC community has created.
The ECP program has created a lasting impact on the community. Specific impacts that JB has seen include a reduction in mortality rates, focus on patients’ wellbeing, and health education.
His most memorable case was a child referred to the ED after being managed for bacillary dysentery. After completing a full examination, it was determined that the child actually had intussusception. The child underwent a successful operation and was released. JB is proud to be an ECP and continue his education and research work.