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17 Medical Doctors Graduate from Hargeisa University
« on: July 25, 2010, 07:27:26 PM »

A graduation ceremony was held in Maansor Hotel on Friday for 17 general medical practitioners who graduated from the University of Hargeisa (UoH).

Speaking at the graduation ceremony Dr Bulhan Hussein, the Chancellor of UoH, congratulated the new doctors and their parents.

The Chancellor expressed appreciation for the efforts of the students and for their sacrifice and dedications over the years. The group is the second patch to graduate from the University since it’s rehabilitation after the war with neighboring Somalia.

Dr Edna Adan Ismael and Prof. Mubraik Ibrahim Aar were among many who addressed the attendees. The two stated the importance of having new doctors in Somaliland – a country where basic health indicators are among the worst in the world.

Dr Diriye Ismael Irig, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at university of Hargeisa cited the 17 graduates consisted of 12 males and 5 females.

The faculty was established in 2003 with 75 students with 15 graduating last year.

The students have been undertaking intensive courses in obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatics and psychiatry, urology and general surgery, general medicine and palliative medicine for the past six years.

A number of students are currently under taking advanced medical training including the first ever Somali trained heart surgery in which they collaborating with Addis Cardiac Hospital, the first hospital for cardiovascular diseases in East Africa.

In order to improve the student’s clinical skills, Somaliland universities and medical associations have requested assistance from the international community. So far Somaliland universities have developed partnership with Kings College Hospital (KCH), UK, the Australian Doctors for Africa (ADFA) and a number of other Western institutions.

Somaliland hospitals have as well developed ties with leading organizations in the Arab world including the UAE and Kuwait Red Crescent societies.

A surgical team from the UAE recently donated their time to perform free cataract eye and cochlear implant surgeries through a partnership between Kuwait based Al-Manhal Islamic Societies’ al-Manhal Hospital (ex. Hargeisa City Hospital) in Hargeisa and UAE’s Red Crescent Authority (RCA).

On the same week, the al-Manhal hospital became the venue for the first ever laser surgery in the country which was performed by local and Yemeni doctors to treat gallbladder and internal organs diseases in the liver and intestines of ten patients.

The new recruits is expected to make a difference in Somaliland’s poor health system.

The attendees included Mr Ahmed Nur, Vice-Finance minister, Dr Ahmed Hussein Isse, Abaarso Tech, Eng. Mohamed Hashi Elmi, senior Kulmiye Party member, Mr Adan Mohamed Mire, Vice Chairman of UCID Party, Dr Ahmed Mohamed Gas, Somaliland medical association, Dr Suleiman Abdi Guleid, teachers from Kings College, guests and other dignitaries.

Source: SomaliLandPress

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