The University of The Gambia’s School of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences on Thursday 27th June, 2019 held an induction ceremony for 21 newly qualified medical practitioners into the medical profession. This came after they successfully completed the prescribed medical course framework for degree program.Held at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital grounds in Banjul, the inductees were joined by friends, family, students and well wishers as they set out to improve the health sector of The Gambia.Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Hon. Dr. Samateh congratulated the newly qualified medical doctors while reminding them that the journey has just begun and that they must put the patients interest first.”The journey has not been easy but with steadfastness you were able to weather the storm… you have a big responsibility on your shoulders. Your decision out there may mean the life or death of someone.”
The Minister of Information delivered a statement on behalf of the Vice President of The Gambia. She highlighted the numerous efforts that the government is making to improve the working conditions in the hospitals.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of The Gambia, Prof. Faqir Muhammad Anjum, applauded the inductees for their patience and hard work. He further stated that UTG will remain in its quest of producing highly qualified professionals who will immensely contribute in the social and economic transformation of The Gambia. Prof. Anjum thanked the Cuban Medical team for their continuous support to the medical school. Dr. Cham, the representative of the Medical and Dental Council of The Gambia (MDCG), encouraged the new professionals to respect their seniors in the field and to keep learning. He emphasized that the council monitors the conduct of medical doctors at work with the view of maintaining standards.
The Provost of the School of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, at the event moderated by the registrar Mr. Tarro, lead the inductees in taking the professional oath before the ceremony concluded with a vote of thanks by the class representative of the cohort.