The West African College of Surgeons will today conduct its maiden examination in Sierra Leone for candidates entering for the primary fellowship examinations in April and October.
The examination centre was yesterday launched at the Faculty of nursing at Lightfoot Boston Street in Freetown by the Minister of State Vice President’s Office Dr. Komba Kono. This has enabled four candidates from Sierra Leone to sit for the primary examination for the first time in Freetown today for academic empowerment and capacity building for quality health care delivery in Sierra Leone.
Giving a brief history of the college Dr. A.D.O. Wright said the West African College of Surgeons was established in 1969 in support of the enhancement of surgical training programmes in West Africa. The West African College of Surgeons and the West African College of Physicians constitute colleges of the West African Post Graduate Medical College in Lagos Nigeria in 1975. He also explained that the number of candidates entering and sitting for the various parts of the examination is now in excess of 1,450 candidates and the number is increasing. The college continues to uphold its vision and maintain its status as the premier surgical manpower developing body in West Africa.
The President of the West African College of Surgeon’s Dr L Gordon-Harris and the Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kizito Daoh welcomed the opening of the examination center in Freetown for primary fellowship examination.
Dr. Eric Wonga one of the candidates for the examination expressed thanks and appreciation for having the exam in Sierra Leone as it will minimize financial burden and also save time and resources for candidates. By Saidu Bah