Somalia’s first medical doctors in 18 years officially graduated in Mogadishu on Nov. 20. Twelve men and eight women completed their studies at the Benadir University Medical College (BUMC) and are now working at various hospitals in Mogadishu, Mohamed Mahamud Bidey, dean of the college, told IRIN on Nov. 25. This is the first time since 1990 that doctors have graduated from a Somali institution such as the BUMC. Bidey said no new doctors had entered the profession since 1990. At the same time, “former doctors left the country, got old or simply died.” (IRIN)

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