TANZANIA— Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) has endeavored to take in 150 students from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology (UMST) of Khartoum, Sudan.

As the civil war in Sudan, now in its third month, rages on, MNH has undertaken to offer students placement more so to help them continue with their practical training.

At the welcoming event, MNH Executive Director, Professor Mohammed Janabi said that the ongoing civil war in Sudan has caused schools to close, denying students an opportunity to continue with their regular study schedule.

Prof Janabi said Muhimbili, as the largest hospital in East Africa, would train the students until peace returns to Sudan.

The director also assured the students that the management, lecturers, doctors, and nurses of MNH will cooperate in providing them with proper training throughout the time that they will be studying at the facility.

“These students are in their final year of studies in the first degree in medicine where the training is more practical. So, these medical professionals will rotate in various departments including the Department of Surgery under the supervision of expert doctors to ensure that they acquire the knowledge,” Prof Janabi said.

He added that Tanzania has been maintaining diplomatic relations by receiving students from peaceful countries and those facing political unrest.

The Director of Surgical Services, Dr. Rachel Mhoville also added that MNH was ready to give them practical training and was ready to receive other students who will arrive in the country for practical training and will also accept them if they need to stay for the internship after finishing the final year.

Vice Principal of UMST college, Prof. Mamoun Homeida said that he was happy to see the students from the college he leads being well received due to the fraternal relations that exist between Tanzania and Sudan.

UMST student leader, Ruba Anwar Salih said, “We are happy to have the opportunity to continue with our studies in a large hospital with enough professionals. It is our belief that we will have a good opportunity to learn.”

Tanzania condemns the Sudan Civil war

Recently Tanzania joined the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) to condemn the ongoing armed confrontation in Sudan.

According to a statement issued in Dodoma by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation’s Communication Unit, “the ongoing conflict in Sudan has not only resulted in the loss of lives, injuries, and destruction of property but also is a serious setback to the peace process in Northeastern Africa.”

“In this respect Tanzania as a member of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union welcomes and fully subscribes to the Communique issued at its meeting held on the 16th of April 2023,” the statement read in part.

The government, through the statement, urged parties concerned in Sudan to exercise restraint and refrain from any action that may further escalate violence, casualties, and humanitarian crisis.

“We call upon the parties concerned without condition to engage in dialogue in order to find a solution to their differences through peaceful means,” the statement further urged.

In the statement, the government urged all parties concerned to ensure the safety of all people, not only Sudanese but also all foreigners in Sudan, including Tanzania nationals.

Equally, the government said it is ready to support efforts by the United Nations, African Union, IGAD, and the International Community in finding lasting peace in Sudan.

“In this respect, we support the AU’s call to reject any external interference that could complicate the situation in Sudan,” the statement added.

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