Seven students passed the screening for the medical school scholarship program of Negros Oriental.
They are Kristine Mae Abrasaldo, Sweelin Hope Pael, Lou Joseph Mapue, Feliciano Mahinay III, Rizza Joyce Mira, Shelanny Luba and Michael Jeffrey Pacurza.
Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo encouraged the scholars to strive hard and focus on their studies because the provincial government is expecting them to succeed and become doctors. He said the number of scholars has been increasing since the program was implemented in 2005.
The program that started during the administration of former governor, now Rep. George Arnaiz (Neg. Or., 2nd District), aims to increase the number of doctors in the province.
Negros Oriental experienced a lack of doctors since most of them seek greener pastures abroad as nurses. Degamo said the scholarship program will solve the problem of the few number of physicians serving Negrenses.
There are five doctors currently assigned to the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital, and various district hospitals in the province, with one undergoing internship, another on postgraduate program, and the other on further studies abroad.
There are 18 medical scholars in different year levels currently enrolled in schools and universities of Negros.*MA
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