Apr 8, 2013, 10:16 AM
(Friday, 30 August, 2013, Issue)
Some 25 Gambians from the Gambia School of Nursing and Midwifery this week received a one-year advanced midwifery training scholarship package from Fooyin University following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two parties about a year ago in Banjul.
The training programme will run from September 2013 to August 2014 and the selected 25 students are expected to depart for Taiwan around mid-September this year.
At the orientation ceremony, the message of the Ambassador of the ROC (Taiwan), H. E. Samuel Chen, was that Taiwan is a development partner to The Gambia and that health is a critical component of the two countries’ bilateral cooperation.
Apart from the annual health grant, the ROC also sends medical teams to offer free services to Gambians every year.
This tailor-made programme is one of the many scholarship packages of Taiwan.
The 25 students are expected to come back to contribute to the development of the health sector of The Gambia.
For her part, Mrs Margaret Gomez, Chief Nursing Officer of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, expressed profound appreciation on behalf of her Ministry and thanked the ROC (Taiwan) for their interest and timely response.
She added that this will further equip and enhance the health sector to better handle health challenges.
Madam Gomez therefore urged the students to make good use of their time whilst in Taiwan.
Doudou Sanyang, who spoke on behalf of the scholarship winners, thanked Taiwan for the generosity of her government and promised they would do their best to learn.