THREE local doctors have completed their Master of Medicine in Rural Health degree programme, saying rural people deserve quality health care.
Gabriel Yohang, Trevor Kelebi and Felix Diaku were among the 1285 students who graduated yesterday from the University of PNG. They become the first three doctors to graduate from the post-graduate degree programme.
Yohang said not all health workers chose to work in rural areas because they lacked medical facilities, proper roads and housing.
But he said as doctors, they had a goal to achieve – to provide the rural people access to quality health care.
“This post-graduate degree programme based at the UPNG school of medicine and health services lasts four to six years and we made it,” Yohang said.
“It is a very challenging programme to be taken up in the rural areas but we have somehow managed to do it and the graduation sums it all up,” he said.
“As doctors we are motivated to work in rural areas because we feel that is where the majority of Papua New Guineans are.People in the rural areas must have access to medical and health services.”
Yohang is based at the Mingende Rural Hospital in Chimbu. Kelebiis at the Raihu Rural Hospital in Aitape. Diaku is at the St Mary’s Vunapope in Kokopo.
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