Shock as Juba University School of Medicine closes

Shock as Juba University School of Medicine closes

University Juba School of Medicine has decided to close down indefinitely. The closure was announced by the school administration today by an abrupt meeting addressed concern bodies and to the students who had already started to resume the normal learning.

The school administration failed to give reasons for the closure of the college.

University of Juba school of Medicine is one of the foundation colleges of the University of Juba. It was established in 1978 through a pioneering initiative from the late Professor Al Samani Abdalla Yagoub, the then Vice Chancellor, who deemed it fit to establish a medical school in Southern Sudan. Professor Yagoub consulted a group of consultant physicians from the University of Khartoum and the Sudan Medical Council to put together a theme and syllabus for a medical school.

These experts delivered and the college of Medicine was established and admitted the first batch of students by early 1979. It was largely based on a 6-year course and very much a replica of the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Khartoum.

The college was partially relocated back to Juba by 2007, admitting only first year students and continued to do so up to the time when South Sudan attained its independence in 2011.

COURTESY: SISI MAJOK
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