Maastricht halts medical internship in Ghana

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The University of Maastricht will no longer send medical students to Ghana, the school announced Thursday. The decision comes after three of the school's interns who were training inGhana were endangered during rebel attacks two weeks ago.

Since 2004, groups of medical students have been sent for an 18 week training course at the West Gonja District Hospital in Damongom. Additional students were scheduled to join the training in August but their trip has been called off.

Pauline Vluggen, head of academic affairs at the university, said the program will not resume until they can ensure the students' safety. Current political unrest in neighbouring Ivory Coast does not improve the university’s position, she said. 

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  • Titus Glavee posted:

    on 14th April 2011, 23:59:10 - Reply

    Please re-considert your dec ision to cancel trips to Ghana. We all do know that Ghana is peaceful and and availability of places of internship for the medical students are numerous.
    If you are i doubt please check: and email all enquiries to:
    We will guarantee theur safedty and make sure they have a nice time and also learn something that will enhance their knowledge and ability to cope under duress in the near future.