ADDIS ABABA – Twenty-nine South Sudanese medical doctors have been granted full scholarships to join Ethiopian Universities for specialization.
The Ethiopian Embassy in Juba held a farewell program for the Medical Doctors, who received full scholarships from the government of Ethiopia, on Thursday.
The 29 physicians are expected to arrive in Addis Ababa within a few days. They will get enrolled in different higher institutions to specialize in 22 medical fields beginning from the 2021/2022 academic year, according to the Ethiopian Embassy.
The fields the doctors plan to specialize in include Pediatrics, Gynobs, Anesthesiology, Orthopedics, Dermatology, Radiology, Oncology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Pathology, Plastic Surgery, Neuro Surgery, and more.
The program could cost more than a million birr for each student until the doctor graduates.
“You are traveling to your second home,” Ambassador Nebil Mahadi said at the sending off event, highlighting the socio-cultural similarities between the people of the two countries and the friendly treatment awaiting them in Ethiopia.
Deputy Director for Medical Training at the Ministry of Health of South Sudan, Doctor Samuel Maketh appreciated Ethiopia’s contributions to his country’s human resource developments and capacity building.
Maketh also hailed Ethiopia as the first Country in providing such important medical specialization opportunities to about this number at the same time.
Dr. Reagan Taban Augustino, representative of the Doctors, expressed his team’s gratitude to the Government and People of Ethiopia for the generosity of offering scholarships.
“As a health community, we value and appreciate the generosity of the Ethiopian government,” said Dr. Augustio.
“We assure you also our full commitment to complete the study on time and return home to implement what we have learned to improve the health status of our people.”
Apart from the specialization opportunity offered to the medical doctors, at least 145 new undergraduate students have already joined Ethiopian universities using Ethiopia’s free programs in the current 2021/22 academic year.
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