AT-KABUL: The French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) on Saturday inaugurated a new building and extended the Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) to seven areas in FMIC in Kabul.
Chairman of Provisional Operating Committee of FMIC Lee Hilling said that FMIC PGME teaching program expanded to seven areas including Paediatric medicine, paediatric surgery, paediatric cardiology, paediatric orthopaedics, anaesthesia, radiology and pathology.
Speaking at inauguration of a new teaching block for PGME here he said that this step has been hold to develop healthcare as international standards and to financially be accessible for all Afghans.
Expanding of PGME training program is aimed to boost up ability and capacity of the Afghans, he added.
The PGME curriculum and academic policies were all developed jointly by Aga Khan Development Network Afghanistan and the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) of Afghanistan, he noted.
Medical Director for FMIC Abdullah Fahim said that the PGME was begin in FMIC with the agreement of MoPH in seven areas, where currently we have 34 students for training program and general we have a capacity for 96 students to be trained and this figure will be enrolled within two next years.
He said that also we would provide the trainees with short term training program for further development in Aga Khan Hospital in Karachi.
We also have the facility to link with provincial hospital for some training programs, he asserted.
He elaborated that this PGME complex equipped with all facilities including lab room for practical activities.
Totally $750,000 has been spent over the building, where in primary stage $500,000 was spent and latter $250,000 additional was allocated by the Canada government to complete other part of the building, he mentioned.
He highlighted that inauguration of this complex is not enough for a country with 30 million populations, but this is a start and we hope to expand this opportunity in future.
Ambassador of Canada in Afghanistan Deborah Lyons voiced her pleasure over inauguration of new block for PGME program, adding that we continue working and remain committed to support Afghanistan in the aspect.
She said that Canada government and people will be partner in all aspect for further progress in Afghanistan.
It is pertained to mention that the PGME program was begin in 2012 in two areas in FMIC, where six people will be graduated from paediatric surgery and medicine in 2016.