Malawi yet to employ refugee doctor


Despite Malawi registering a shortage of doctors, the nation is yet to enjoy the services of a refugee doctor who completed her studies in China.

The medical doctor, Mirreille Twayigara, who completed her medicine studies at Shandong Province in China in July this year is yet to see Malawian patients as per her wish if given opportunity.

Twayigara who disclosed her passion in saving lives said she needs government to give her an internship opportunity for her to be accredited in the country.

Zomba Central Hospital

If employed, Mirreille Twayigara could help facilities as this one in Malawi.

“Wherever I am needed, I am willing to go. I want to work with people in the rural areas, I would love to work with refugees as I know what they go through. I want to give back to Malawi, because Malawi has given me so much,” said Twayigara who is a Malawian citizen.

She expressed gratitude to the government of Malawi for giving her many opportunities and the Catholic based organization,Jesuit Refugees Service (JRS), for sponsoring her education.

“I would not be here if it were not for JRS. JRS educated me and provided the foundation on which I could build,” she said.

Born in Rwanda,Twayigara left her country as a two year-old to seek peace in other African countries following a genocide. With hardships of being a refugee not sparing her, she eventually made it to Malawi aged eight.

“I would have died. Today I know that with symptoms such as a distended abdomen, thinning hair and being tired all the time, I had been suffering from either kwashiorkor or marasmus,” she said of the diseases she suffered on her journey from Rwanda to Malawi.

In Malawi, Twayigara entered the education system and years later managed to get Chinese scholarship after emerging as one of the best six perfomers in the Malawi School Certificate of Education exams.

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