Kabul, Afghanistan, 27 March 2021: The French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children (FMIC) marked its sixth annual graduation of the Postgraduate Medical Education Programme (PGME). In the ceremony, postgraduate certificates of specialization were conferred upon 10 residents (2 females and 8 males) in various disciplines of anaesthesia, paediatric medicine, paediatric surgery, pathology, cardiology, radiology, and orthopaedics by the chief guest of the ceremony, Dr Wahid Majrooh, the Acting Minister of Public Health for Afghanistan. A result of four years of hardworking and dedication, the graduands were joined by Ambassador Sheherazade Hirji, Diplomatic Representative of AKDN to Afghanistan, Dr Eric Cheysson, the President of La Chaine de l’Espoir, FMIC board members and leadership, faculties, families of grandaunts and Media were also present at the event.
The ceremony commenced with the recitation of the Holy Quran and Afghanistan National Anthem. Dr Shafiq Mirzazada, Director, Academic Projects in Afghanistan, Aga Khan University, delivered remarks of congratulations. In his welcoming address to the specialists, families and all FMIC leadership members.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador Hirji congratulated the graduation of 10 new doctors and their entrance into a new chapter of life to support Afghanistan healthcare system. She added: “FMIC Postgraduate Medical Education is a unique programme in Afghanistan to supports both men and women with a focus on Afghan women who pursue their dreams despite numerous challenges ahead. “FMIC’s PGME is a flagship programme developed in partnership with the Aga Khan University (AKU) and Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) that brings cutting-edge skills and knowledge in Afghanistan through its blended programmed while training doctors in rare specialities, promoting clinical practices and evolving research-based inquiry in medicine.”
Dr Cheysson, who visited FMIC after a long time of quarantine and lockdowns due to COVID-19, expressed his happiness to visit FMIC employees and leadership again. In addition, he appreciated the grandaunts for their dedication and hard work to serve the people of Afghanistan. “Medicine is not a profession, it’s a dedication,” he added.
Dr Majrooh appreciated the parents of grandaunts for their dedication and efforts to support the residents in this long journey. Additionally, he expressed his optimism for the future of healthcare in Afghanistan: “Now, we have specialists in different disciplines and Afghan patients will be treated in the country instead of travelling abroad.” Dr Majrooh also appreciated FMIC and all the donors and supporters like Global Affairs Canada, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and FMIC partners to support the PGME programme of FMIC and provide high-quality training to Afghan young doctors. “They are the main asset of the country and they will help Afghanistan in long term.” Dr Wahid Majrooh added.
Mr Lee Hilliing, Chair of FMIC Board in his keynotes mentioned that at the current time in the world in which COVID-19 pandemic is the main challenge, all doctors and specialists without any exception should take part in fighting against this pandemic and evidence-based medicine and research are key tools to fight against COVID-19.
Ms Wagma Poplazai, the first FMIC female specialist in Anaesthesia, in her valedictory speech, said that graduating from PGME would lead them to the next step by accepting heavy responsibilities in serving society.
The graduates received their graduation certificates from Dr Majrooh and shared their cheers with their families and colleagues.