Over 30 Gambian medical students who graduated in Venezuela on Friday visited the Venezuelan Embassy in The Gambia, following the completion of their 7 years’ Bsc courses in the South American country.
It could be recalled that the first batch of the 19 Government-sponsored students went for their Bsc programmes in Venezuela in 2008 and got degrees in various fields such as Sports Management, Agriculture, Civil Construction, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering amongst others.
The 30 medical students will on Monday report to the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) for their various appointments.
Welcoming the students, the Venezuelan Ambassador to The Gambia, H.E Eduardo Medina Rubio, thanked the students for their commitment and efforts in making their studies in Venezuela a success.
He also thanked The Gambia Government for the strong partnership through the foundation ‘Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho”.
The Ambassador further expressed optimism that the programme will continue to reaffirm the cooperation between the two countries.
Dr. Mustapha Manneh and Dr. Sainabou Mbowe, who are among the new graduates, expressed gratitude to the Venezuelan Government through their Embassy in The Gambia. Both prayed for the partnership between the two governments to be further strengthened for the benefit of the two countries.
They affirmed success of their training and appealed to the two governments to include postgraduate courses in the agreement so as to enable them go for postgraduate studies as well as.
“The postgraduate programme will be very important for us because we realised that knowledge is a big necessity for the country and Venezuela has the human resources and the institution to help The Gambia achieve that in four years,” the medical students stated.
by Arfang MS Camara