Students of Mary Help Posing for pictuer during the Graduation ceremony in Wau (Courtesy of WHO)
By Sheila Ponnie
WHO Regional Director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, is currently on a four day visit to the country, where she visited Wau state over the weekend. There, she witnessed the progress and evaluated WHO’s support as a key partner in strengthening the country’s health agenda.
While in Wau on Sunday, Dr Moeti witnessed the graduation of 30 Nurses and Midwives from Mary Help College of Nursing and Midwifery in Wau.
Addressing the graduates in Wau, Moeti urged them to support the delivery of health services to the people in need.
“To the graduates we depend on you, so your role in the health of the people is fundamental. Without you, we cannot progress towards universal health coverage. Together as a team, you will produce the quality of services that our families in South Sudan deserve,” Moeti said.
The graduates whose names are not mentioned were excited about joining a new workforce that is critical to the health of the citizens and this is what they had to say;
“When I came to Mary Help, I had interest in studying but I did not have school fees. I explained my condition to sister Gracy and she told me if I had interest to study I should continue. Nursing things were hard but sister Gracy used to encourage us all the time to study until we complete,” one graduate said.
“I am a registered Nurse, the people of this country will know we have Nurses, I have graduated today. I wish our government continues to support nursing schools to make more Nurses in order to help the suffering mothers and sick people in the entire country. I also beg our government to allow us go for specialization,” another said.
Meanwhile, Dr. Riak Gai Kok, the National Minister of Health said that Mary Help College of Nursing and Midwifery affiliated to Bahr El Ghazal University was now qualified to enroll students for degree programs.
“We have already suggested it to the East African Community that Mary Help is one of our prestigious Centers of excellence for maternal health. Another major milestone is the enrollment and will start today for the new batch of Midwifery and Nurses for the first time that we enroll BSC students for Midwifery in South Sudan,” Dr. Kok said.