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Medics obtain diploma in emergency and ambulance services

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Graduates of the Higher Institute of Health Sciences Graduates of the Higher Institute of Health Sciences at their diploma ceremony Sana’a, 27 May 2014 — The Higher Institute of Health Sciences in Sana’a, with the support and coordination of the Ministry of Public Health and Population and the WHO country office, celebrated on Monday 26 May the graduation of the first batch of 19 students who have obtained a one-year diploma in emergency and ambulance services.

Dr Nasser Baoom, Deputy Minister of Public Health and Population, said during the event that the graduates were expected to make a large impact in the emergency sections of different health facilities.

“This batch will contribute significantly to alleviating the suffering of those seriously injured,” he said, acclaiming the important role of WHO and other international organizations in supporting the Ministry.

With the aim of delivering effective emergency medical services, WHO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and Population and local nongovernmental organizations, has adopted capacity-building as a priority policy.

During the celebration, Dr Ahmed Shadoul, representative of WHO Yemen, expressed the willingness of the Organization to support the Higher Institute of Health Sciences to become a WHO collaborating centre.

“Our support to the Ministry of Public Health and Population and such institutes will continue in order to face the health challenges in the country,” said Dr Shadoul.

Dr Taha Al-Mahbashi, the Dean of the Higher Institute of Health Sciences, said that the graduation of the batch came in the context of the Ministry of Public Health and Population's attempts to improve the quality of emergency services in public health facilities throughout Yemen and that he highly appreciated WHO support to the Institute since its establishment in 1971.

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Total population (000s) 25 235
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 3.9
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 1.5
Life expectancy 65.7

Source: Country statistical profiles 2017

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