The Acting Provost of the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), Dr. Mohamed Samai at the 26th Anniversary of the institution acknowledged among others that the College has made noticeable achievements in its short term of existence.
Dr. Samai justified that the college, which was established to train and produce the right quality and quality health care professionals, the appropriate skills mix and competencies needed to ameliorate the huge human resource for health gap has attracted students both nationally and internationally.
According to him, from a building at Brookfields with just two faculties, the College currently has on record four faculties which now run a number of courses that has significantly increased the total number of enrolment.
He explained that by the end of 2012/13 academic, COMAHS produced 257 medical doctors, 129 Pharmacists, over 1,500 Nurses, 300 Medical Laboratory Technicians, and over 20 postgraduates that are meaningfully contributing to both national and international health care needs.
He however noted that the country remains challenged with required medical professionals to deliver service round the clock for which he emphasized that COMAHS has to scale up training while the Ministry of Health and Sanitation on the other side must be able to retain the products in order to meet the unmet needs of the country.
Highlighting the challenges of the college, the Acting Provost noted that the institution is challenged with infrastructure, equipment, transportation and human resources as it lacks enough facilities for hostels, classrooms, laboratories and accommodation for staff.
The Representative of the Alumni Association Dr. James Russell acknowledged the rapid transformation of the Medical College as he reminisced his period spent at the Brookfields building which he described as walls and iron bars.
He urged present students to make use of the opportunities they are exposed to and equally encouraged other alumni to actively contribute towards the development of their Alma Meta.
The representative of the Academic Staff Association, Mohamed Bawoh acknowledged the positive relationship that exists between staff and the administration including better conditions of service.
The Pro Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone, Rev. Modupeh Taylor -Pearce described the anniversary celebration to be significant as a sign of trial, promise and inspiration which explains that the university has overcome challenges and that it shall continue to be industrious with a united force.
He pledged the unlimited support of the university hierarchies including court in development and disciplinary processes.
By Keifa M. Jaward
Wednesday April 16, 2014