BahirDar University College of Medicine and Health Science held a graduation ceremony on November 10, 2018 G.C. for the sixth time. A total of 172 students were graduated. Out of which 128 were males and 44 females, and 148 were medical doctors.
The graduation was decorated by two special and historical happenings. The first is the official inauguration of the University’s Hospital named ‘Tibebe Ghion Specialized Hospital’. The other was the presence of three east African leaders: Ethiopian Prime Minster his Excellency Dr Abiy Ahmed, Eritrean President his Excellency Isayas Afeworki and Somali’s President his Excellency Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmaajo’ in the inauguration ceremony.
Speaking on the event, the Director in Chief of Medicine and Health Science College, Professor Yeshigeta Gelaw remembered the challenges of working in Felege Hiwot Referral Hospital, where students used to have practical attachment, as the hospital was crowded with a lot of patients. Given the work in progress in the current specialized hospital, the professor, however, hoped that the situation will be better for patients, students, teachers and researchers alike. The professor added the current hospital has the capacity of helping about 2000 patients and it has 500 beds with 11 surgical wards. The chief director, however, passed the message that the current hospital is without modern medical equipment due to budget constraint.
Dr. Firew Tegegne, president of Bahir Dar University, on his part welcomed the special guests and all those who were called for the event for their presence and congratulated graduates and their families and the university staff for the successes made. Underscoring the far-reaching effort the university is making to realize its vision, the president called the government to provide the necessary support so that the newly inaugurated hospital will be fully operational in the very near future.
Following the president’s address, Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed took the stage to congratulate the graduates for their academic achievement. In his speech, the Prime Minister reminded the graduates that it shall not be the end of education/knowledge but just the beginning. He advised graduates to always bear in mind the poor farmer who sends them to school while uneducated. The Prime Minister also used the opportunity to thank the people of Gondar and all others for the great hospitality and love they have showed them during his official visit of different places with the leaders of the two countries.
On the program, the leaders of the three countries have cut ribbon declaring the opening of the new hospital, visited different parts of the hospital and cut cake together. Finally, some individuals have been awarded for their special contribution in the construction of the hospital and a gold medal was also presented to Dr.Teshome Alene, the top scorer of the batch with a cumulative GPA of 3.75.