Nearly 180 nursing and midwifery students take the oath of service

Nearly 180 nursing and midwifery students take the oath of service

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DILI, 25 november 2022 (TATOLI) – Today, 179 final-year nursing and midwifery students of Lorosa’e National University (UNTL) take the oath of service. 

These 179 students are made up of 90 midwifery students and 89 nursing students. Most of them are health professionals who have been working as nurses and midwives for more than 10 years.

Speaking at the oath-taking ceremony, Minister of Health, Odete Belo said that these students were doing their associate degree in Nursing and Midwifery under the cooperation program between UNTL and the Ministry of Health.

The cooperation aimed to develop and retrain human resources in the health sector to provide good services to ensure people’s well-being.

Minister Bello urged all nursing and midwifery students to understand the importance of the nursing and midwifery profession. 

“On behalf of the Ministry of Health, I would like to congratulate you all as you have just conquered a massive achievement. I know it has been difficult for many of you to take care of your family while going to work and study at the same time,” said Minister Belo.

Belo urged these students to do their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the future: “Academic qualification is necessary for our professional workers to be able to provide good services to our communities. Therefore, we will continue our cooperation to help those who do not have any academic qualification to pursue their higher education in the future.”

UNTL Vice Rector, Samuel Venâncio de Sousa Freitas urged the students to understand their responsibilities as nurses and midwives: “UNTL is proud of your academic achievements. These two majors are special as you will use your knowledge to provide medical assistance to the Timorese people.”

“These students have already been working for years as nurses and midwives. Therefore, I assume that they would occupy the top position at their workplace. So, they are required to perform their job professionally and with responsibilities,” he said. 

Dean of the faculty of medical sciences, Jose Dionisio Ximenes also urged 179 students to put their knowledge into practice. 

“I appreciate your study spirit as I know you are in your middle age but you never give up on taking the opportunity to pursue your higher education,” he said. 

The final-year midwifery student, Lucia de Fatima thanked MoH and UNTL for allowing them to pursue their higher education dream. 

“I would like to express our gratitude to all parties who contributed massively to this achievement, especially the Ministry of Health, UNTL, lecturers, and so on. We will do bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the future,” she said.




Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges


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