A week of Medical training inside Ethiopia’s South Wollo Zone

Every year a plethora of new concepts and problem solving work is being conducted in various parts of Ethiopia. With that being said, by aiming to be the leading societal problem solving university in Ethiopia by 2020, the University of Gondar is on pace by effecting change in the deepest rooted issues of today’s toughest dilemmas.

For a week, from 30 August through the 6th of September, the University of Gondar served the community by providing training to South Wollo Zone’s medical personnel. UoG in association with Meqdela Amba University and Mekena Selam Hospital administered training dealing with the health and medical sciences. The 5 hospitals that took part in the training were MertoleMariam Hospital, Wogidee Hospital, Hidar 11 Hospital, Scient Adgbar Hospital and Mekena Selam Hospital. The health workers who work in the facilities have been trained by highly skilled UoG staff members who have experience and knowledge in the health sciences and medical sphere.

Gondar’s Flagship University has made it a top priority, since its establishment, to cater and serve the community. And with the week of training in the Amhara region UoG did just that. Without taking heed to distance and tough terrain the University of Gondar has extended its hands to neighboring towns and districts and continues to do so on a perpetual basis.

The training covered various crucial areas that seeks to revitalize and strengthen the regions medical sector. The training was arranged by the UoG’s medical doctors and focused on the 5 elements of health care which are New born care and Resuscitation, Quality Improvement, ECG (Electro cardio graph), ETAT (Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment) and ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support).

Professor Mersha Chanie, UoG’s Research and Community Service vice president, Dr. Wondiya Admassu, Meqdela Amba University’s Research and Community Service vice president and Mr. Solomon Fentahun, UoG’s Research and Community Service Directorate Director were all present throughout the training and expressed their delight in the completion and success of the training.

It can be said that Meqdela Amba University is an up and coming educational institution with its roots in being a societal problem solving university in the country. With that being said though it may take some time until it strengthens its efforts and community service outreach according to the university’s Research and Community Service vice president. Dr. Wondiya hinted at the fact that “working together with” and “gaining insight from” such 1st generation universities, as UoG, will only further Meqdela Amba’s cause and scope in serving the community.

Also in his welcoming remarks the higher official from Meqdela Amba University voiced his appreciation and admiration for the University of Gondar. “I give my greatest thanks” he said, “to the University of Gondar for coming a long distance to share experiences and providing a valuable training.”

Professor Mersha Chanie in his opening speech reflected on the longstanding partnership with other Amhara based universities and the numerous endeavors that are attached with the collaborations. He alluded to the fact that the training that was done in Mekena Selam is an indicator of the “countless research and Community Service initiatives” that UoG is occupied with in and around the Amhara region. High praise was also given to the numerous UoG health science intellectuals who were present during the entire training.

It cannot be mistaken that the driving force behind initiatives to assist the community is the intellectual fervor and compassion of motivated citizens. In the week of training in the South Wollo Zone UoG’s higher officials, in coordination with UoG’s medical workers, displayed amazing effort in assisting the medical sector of Amhara’s remote areas.

To sum it all up, the work of the hospitals, in the days and years to come, will only show improvements. Moreover, in the well organized and structured training they received they will be beneficiaries of techniques and knowledge that will someday be passed along to others who are in need of it.

By Samuel Malede| Public and International Relations