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Mandela scholar will learn lifesaving skills.

Byline: STEVE BAGNALL

A STUDENT who won a prestigious scholarship has chosen North Wales to carry out specialist research.

Nelson Mandela Scholar Yogan Kisten plans to take back to rural South Africa his skills in monitoring pregnant women and preventing problems in childb irth.

He is now working for his PhD at Bangor University's School of Radiography in Wrexham,and hospitals in Liverpool.

The 27-year-old is the second Nelson Mandela Scholar to study at the university, where he is specialising in conditions related to high blood pressure such as hypertension and pre-eclampsia.

He said: ``The School has an excellent reputation for its radiography education.

``I was drawn to the international student community that Bangor has and was also keen to find a university in a rural area.''

Before his move to Wales, Yogan practised at the Groote Schuur Hospital,Cape Town, where Dr Christian Barnard performed the first successful heart transplant operation.

Penny Nash,Head of the School of Radiography, said: ``We are delighted that Yogan holds us in such high regard.

``He is a committed young individual and will no doubt be able to share his new knowledge for the benefit of the South African health system.'' A university spokeswoman added: ``Ultrasound is particularly useful in detecting the onset or extent of dangerous conditions.

``These can be brought about by poor nutrition and housing and other social conditions and so, although they do occur in the UK, they are more prevalent in South Africa and other developing countries.

``They pose a serious threat to both mother and to the development of the foetus.

``Scanning for these conditions could be effective by both saving finite resources and avoiding distress to both mother and baby by early detection and treatment before the condition becomes critical.

``In rural South Africa, a pregnant woman would only receive a scan if she was an extreme case or if she had the financial resources to pay for such care. ``Yogan wants to see the use of ultrasound scanning for pregnant women in rural areas becoming more widespread, especially in relation to the detection and extent of conditions related to high blood pressure.''

The Mandela Scholarship is awarded to young people who have proved themselves in their field and have the leadership qualities necessary to apply what they have learnt on their return to South Africa.

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