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Medical students sit Ethiopian exams

By Elia Joseph Loful

At least 90 medical students at Juba Teaching Hospital have started sitting examinations to qualify them for Ethiopian Medical School scholarship.

The examination was witnessed by Zelalem Birhan Alemu, the Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Ethiopia in Juba and the Minister of Health Dr. Riak Gai Kok.

“Today we are witnessing examinations conducted by Ethiopians medical professors,” Dr. Gai said.

The Minister for Health said South Sudan and Ethiopia had earlier signed  a number of agreements among them, the implementation of cooperation in the health sector.

He said the government of Ethiopia has sent eight medical professors to the country to examine medical doctors for the special training offered in South Sudan.

Those successful will be the third batch to study in Ethiopia.

Minister Gai revealed that Ethiopia has offered more than 100 slots for South Sudanese medical students and doctors.

He said the results of the examinations will be announced within this week.

“These examination exercises will be announced within the week and those who succeed will join their college in September to do specialty training in Addis Abba,” said Gai.

He stated that there are already two batches of the students currently undergoing the medical studies in Ethiopia.

Zelalem Birhan Alemu said they were ready to continue supporting South Sudan to build their capacity in terms of training and developing human resources.

Dr. Wond Wossen Eshetu, Senior Program Advisor of Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health who is also the team leader said they were working hard to produce qualified and quality doctors to serve the society.

“We are here to make sure that quality of education, skills, competence, and professionalism, leadership as full quality package is achieved,” Eshetu said.

In 2017 President Salva Kiir Mayardit paid a state visit to Ethiopia where they signed series of agreements including cooperation in the health sector.

 

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