The first six specialist doctors to graduate from the French Medical Institute for Children’s Postgraduate Medical Education Programme have been awarded certificates of specialization today by Dr Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health and the Professor Farhat Abbas, Dean of Aga Khan University Medical College at a PGME Graduation Ceremony. The funding of PGME programme is provided by the Government of Canada.
The graduates, three each in paediatric medicine and paediatric surgery, underwent four years of rigorous specialized training through a programme accredited by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and the Aga Khan University’s Postgraduate Medical Education Department.
“Afghanistan has just 2 doctors for every 10,000 people and a serious shortage of medical specialists. We support initiatives that can help us increase the number of medical and surgical specialists in the country and appreciate the assistance provided by the Aga Khan University for this programme.” — Dr Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health
Mr Lee Hilling Chairman Provisional Operating Committee welcomed the guests to the graduation ceremony and congratulated the graduates on their remarkable achievement.
FMIC began providing advanced education to doctors in April 2012 as a way of building and strengthening the local healthcare system. Besides clinical training in Kabul, residents had to go through a three-month rotation at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, with exposure to advanced techniques and complex cases with multiple complications.
In commending the graduates for their hard work, Mrs Nurjehan Mawani, the AKDN Diplomatic Representative acknowledged the important support for the PGME Programme provided by the Government of Canada, and indeed of all the partners of FMIC. She also thanked the Ministry of Public Health for its ongoing support and collaboration.
“As the Programme expands, its reach will expand. We hope to see more and more women residents joining the programme; the geographical reach will enlarge bringing in residents from more provinces; and the number of disciplines will increase. On average, the Programme expects to graduate 20-25 residents each year – across 10 disciplines.” — Nurjehan Mawani, the AKDN Diplomatic Representative
Source: www.khaama.com March 12 2016.