Over 100 Namibians studying medicine in China: Nandi-Ndaitwah
WINDHOEK, 19 APR (NAMPA) - Over 100 young Namibians are undergoing training in various medical fields at institutions of higher learning in China.
This figure was made public by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah in a media statement availed to Nampa on Wednesday.
The minister undertook an official visit to China which ended last Wednesday.
“We are grateful for China’s support as there are currently over 100 young Namibians students undergoing training in China as medical practitioners,” she said.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said the number is growing as many self-sponsored young Namibian students go to China by choice.
“This will greatly alleviate the shortage of medical practitioners in Namibia in the near future,” she said.
In 2016, the University of Namibia (UNAM) produced 35 medical practitioners.
These Namibian-educated medical practitioners were among the first group of 57 candidates who had enrolled for the medical programme in 2010 when the university’s School of Medicine first opened its doors.
Of the 35, 23 were women and 12 men.
Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba, during the UNAM graduation ceremony in April 2016, said the achievement of these young Namibians in the various fields of medicine is testimony to the fact that Namibia is slowly but surely moving away from being dependent on other countries’ expertise.