Seven girls among graduates to join health practice

Seven girls among graduates to join health practice
The students and staff pose for a photo [Bolice Mayar, City Review]

Access to education among girl child in South Sudan is still a major challenge, experts warn.

This come after only seven girls, out of 19 students, graduated from Jonglei Health Science Institute.

The institution’s Principal, Shalini Ninan Cherian, noted with concerns the dearth in access to education between the two genders, adding that unless the matter is addressed, it will greatly hamper global effort in bridging the battle to provide equal education for both men and women.

But while much still needs to be done, Jonglei State is expected to grow the number of indigenous health professionals after 19 students successfully sat and passed the National Health Professionals Examination Board, which is recognised by the Ministry of Health.

Thirteen students graduated with a Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Public Health, while six had a similar qualification in Registered Midwifery.

Shalini however, raised concerns over the relatively low number of female students, further urging girls to register for more courses.

“This is the first time an examination of this type has been conducted in the State of Jonglei and so we are very proud.

“We are very grateful to all the people who helped us to achieve this, especially the students. They have strived very hard for three years to come to this stage in their life and I would also like to wish them all success,” she added.

The new health professionals are expected to be absorbed into the job market to support the community in dealing with diseases, especially diagnosis and treatment.