In the Maldives, over 90% of radiography technicians are expatriates – hence the lack of Maldivians workers operating as radiography technicians is a major issue encountered in the local healthcare sector. Hence, to attract more locals towards the profession in addition to further development of current radiography technicians as well as to secure more job opportunities for locals, the first-ever radiography course in the country – Diploma in Radiography – has been inaugurated at a special ceremony held on yesterday afternoon.
This is a collaborative initiative of Ministry of Health, Maldives National University (MNU), State Trading Organization Plc (STO) & GE Healthcare. The course was officially inaugurated by Vice President Faisal Naseem who acknowledged the health ministry’s tireless efforts to administer and improve medical care and services, and STOs contribution in the logistics of medical goods and equipment to all parts of the country, and also highlighted the senior management of MNU for their continued efforts in bolstering human resources in all sectors.
Whereas applications for this course is scheduled to be opened next month, the first batch will facilitate 20 students whose studies will be funded by STO as a CSR initiative.
It was noted in the ceremony that the laboratory and training institute required to commence this course has already been prepared by STO in collaboration with GE Healthcare – which is located within STO’s training institute.