Gambia’s struggling health care system saw a boost in trained medicare personnel as the UTG and Medical council sworn in 35 home-trained doctors at a ceremony held in Banjul on Saturday October 23rd 2021.

The new pool of trained medical doctors were trained at the University of The Gambia (UTG) bringing the total number of graduated doctors  to 280 since 2006.

Reacting to this development, Acting Vice Chancellor Prof. Pierre Gomez said he is “gratified for the UTGs addition of another cohort of well-trained medical doctors to the Gambia’s health sector, especially at a time when we are severely battered by Covid-19 pandemic”.

“This are another crop of highly trained young men and women who will all stay and work to support health care delivery in The Gambia during these trying and difficult times,” Prof. Gomez stated.

The UTG boss continued to encourage newly inducted medical practitioners to work hard and be committed to bringing the much needed change in Gambia’s healthcare delivery system.

He urged them to live up to the task as much is expected from them by Gambians and non-Gambians alike.

He added: “Go out now and restore hope and health, for the nation is calling. This way, you will understand better the challenges facing the national and local economy and we would be less inclined to embark on strike actions,” he challenged the newly inducted medical practitioners.

Prof. Gomez concluded by reminding the new doctors to be steadfast and to wield the power of knowledge and skills acquired to heal the sick and never deviate from that course.

He equally tasked them to work hard in preventing the premature loss of life and always place the needs of their patients at the heart of their work in their various fields of specialization.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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