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Sierra Leone News: 46 new doctors congregate among graduates

Medical students taking their oath at the Amphitheatre FBC.

Medical students taking their oath at the Amphitheatre FBC.

Forty-six newly-graduated medical doctors stood on stage at the newly renovated, Adjai Crowther Amphitheatre on Mount Aureol, Fourah Bay College, on Saturday, October 29, 2016 to read their medical oath and begin their careers in the rather devastated healthcare sector. The 46 medical doctors will help the gap experienced by loss of twelve doctors who died during the Ebola crisis.
Over 1,000 students from the University of Sierra Leone (USL) graduated from various educational disciplines including Bachelor of Arts, Engineering, Science, Social Science, Applied Accounting, Business Administration, Financial Services, Information Systems, Public Sector Management, Medicine and Surgery, Pharmacy and Nursing.
Master’s Degrees were also distributed in Accounting and Financing, Public Administration, Governance and Leadership, Education, Diplomacy and International Relations and Economics.
Diplomas in Early Childhood Care Education, Peace and Conflict Studies, Mathematics and Statistics, Nursing, Pharmacy, nursing education, Tropical Community Medicine and Health, Medical Laboratory Sciences and certificates in Population Analysis and Social Statistics and Ophthalmic Nursing.
The Acting Provost of the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), Dr. Mohamed Samai, said the convocation ceremony offers a huge sense of fulfillment for the graduates after their academic struggles. Therefore, they should live up to their oaths and pledges in various professional careers. Dr. Samai noted that despite the challenges faced by the administration of the University, “it has not dampened our resilient efforts to produce fine graduates”.
He said, “As a Provost of COMAHS, it has not been an easy task. I was faced with a series of challenges but with a strong force of dedicated university personnel, we were able to initiate developmental programs, introduce new short-term courses and curriculum that gave a facelift to the college”.
Dr. Samai reiterated that the Ebola virus exposed the weakness in the medical sector and also killed prominent medical doctors whose loss was a heavy blow to the people of Sierra Leone. However, he continued with the overwhelming number of medical graduates “it is hopeful that our medical sector will develop with support from our development partners.
Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal, Professor Ekundayo J.D. Thompson expressed his satisfaction over the huge number of graduates, emphasizing that the number of graduates indicates that access to education is on the increase, especially in tertiary institutions.
Prof. Thompson encouraged the graduates to do their best when executing their jobs. It’s a global marketplace and international standards and best practices must be met. He noted, “this year’s ceremony is well-organized and you students behaved yourselves well, compared to the last convocation”.
The FBC program was well attended by the graduating students and their family and well-wishers All were in high celebratory moods as they received their awards and accolades.
By Mariam S. Bah
Monday October 31, 2016

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