Ethiopia offers training scholarships to 30 South Sudanese Doctors

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[Juba, South Sudan, TCT, By Philip Buda] The South Sudan national Ministry of Health has sent about 30 doctors on full scholarship to Ethiopia to pursue further training on various specializations in the field of medicine.

[Juba, South Sudan, TCT, By Philip Buda] The South Sudan national Ministry of Health has sent about 30 doctors on full scholarship to Ethiopia to pursue further training on various specializations in the field of medicine.

The young doctors who comprise of fresh graduates of medicine and some with work experience were excited as they left Juba International Airport on Tuesday 29th October 2019. They were seen off by Health Minister Dr. Riak Gai and the Ethiopian Envoy to South Sudan Ambassador Teferi Taddesse.

Addressing the media at Juba International Airport Minister Riak Gai said the number of doctors who were to be offered the scholarship by the Ethiopian Government was to be a hundred but the turnout and response was very low.

“The turnout was only 40 Doctors who sat for the entry exams, 30 of them made it and today they are going to Ethiopia to start their training for three, four and five years respectively depending on their specialty areas,” Dr. Gai explained.

Minister Gai said the young doctors will be trained in areas like emergency medicine, brain surgery, orthopedic medicine, Gynecology among others.

Dr. Gai applauded the Government of Ethiopia and especially Prime Minister Dr. Abeiy Ahmed for their generosity in offering the opportunity to attend the specialty training in Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Envoy to South Sudan, Ambassador Teferi Taddesse congratulated the successful doctors and assured them that they will be treated like nationals.

“You are going to your first home Ethiopia. We have an obligation to work together to support our best neighbor South Sudan. We are the same people when you go to Addis Ababa or different parts of Ethiopia, you will see the same people like you. So you feel at home and you will be very successful” Envoy Taddesse affirmed.

Ambassador Taddesse urged the young doctors to return back to serve their people after the training.

In another related news development Health Minister Dr. Riak Gai paid his first inspection visit to the two newly constructed medical facilities at Juba Teaching Hospital which is a donation from the Chinese Government to Government of south Sudan through China Aid.

Dr. Gai saw firsthand progress of work at the site ahead of the second anticipated official visit that will bring stakeholder and technical teams from the Ministry of Health and Physical infrastructure before its official hand over to the government by the contractor, according to Dr. Isaac Cleto Rial Director General Juba Teaching Hospital.

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