HIGHER INSTITUTE OF HEALTH SCIENCE: A Step Towards More Improved Health Care [Archives:2001/21/Health]

May 21 2001

Health qualification and training play a substantial role in health domain. It has been considered a foundation stone, particularly in our country which suffers from severe shortage of qualified medical staff. 
Ismael Al-Ghabri of the Yemen Times interviewed Dean of the Higher Institute of Health Science in Sana’a Dr. Abdul Wahab Al-Kahlani and about the institute and its role in health care. 
Q:Will you please introduce yourself? 
A:Well, I am a Yemeni citizen. I have studied in and graduated from Cairo University. Then I got the Master’s degree in public health. Now I occupy the post of Dean in the Higher Institute of Health Science. 
At the beginning I should say thank you for such a fruitful initiative of visiting the institute and highlighting some important facts about it. 
Q: When was the institute established?. 
A: The institute started working in 1971 under the name ”Health Institute”. The applicants were those who graduated from preparatory schools. But in 1989 the criteria of eligibility was widened to admit candidates with a secondary school certificate. Later on the name of the institute was changed into Higher Institute of Health Science. 
Q: What are the objectives of the institute? 
A: First, to provide institutions with the medical staff. 
Second, to develop knowledge and skill about health services. 
Q: What is the number of students in the institute? 
A: The table gives the numbers of students enrolled in the Institute’s departments. 
Q: How many branches does the institute have? 
A: It has 8 branches in Taiz, Ibb, Hodeidah, Hajja, Dhamar, Amran, Al-Mahweet and Al-beidha’. 
Q: What about the budget of the institute? 
A: The institute is supported by the budget of the Ministry of Health and Population. 
Q: What are privileges given by the institute to students? 
A: Board and Lodge to the students arriving from the countryside and transport facilities. 
Q: What are the medical and general curricula of the Institute? 
A: The curriculum includes, Medical Heminthes, Clinical Chemistry, English, Quality Control, N.A Technology, Hematology, Medical-Mycology, Pathology, M.Entomology, M.Bacteriology, Body Fluid, Blood Bank, M. Virology, Computer Science, etc… 
Q: What kind of hardships does the Institute face? 
A: Our Institute suffers from a number of difficulties including inadequate budget, shortage in training means and prerequisites, lack of references, the delay in rearranging measures of the institutes, throng of students in training locations, delay in disbursal of teachers bonuses.