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.