A nine-member new executive committee of the University of The Gambia Medical Students' Association (UniGaMSA) was over the weekend sworn into office, following the end of the term of the former executive, during a ceremony held at the conference room of the Atlantic Hotel in Banjul.
The new executive members are: Menakor .E. Nanwon, Kitabu Jammeh, Mariama Drammeh, and Mustapha Cham, as president, vice president, secretary general and assistant secretary general respectively. Other members are Sanu Jarjusey, Modou B. Jallow, Mariama Jallow, Muhammed Ceesay, and Mewaseh Dahn, who were respectively elected as treasurer, health secretary, social secretary, sports secretary, and public relations officer.
The ceremony marked the handing over of the baton to the eighth executive committee since the formation of the Association in 2004. It was also characterised by presentation of report of the period under review, which availed the outgoing executive the opportunity to report to the members the achievements registered during their tenure in office, as well as to highlight the challenges that the new executive will tackle for the consolidation of the progress made.
Presenting the activity report, the outgoing secretary general, Fatoumatta Jaiteh, said since December 29th 2011, they have conducted about 29 executive meetings, during which the state of the Association was discussed, as well as other issues. She recalled a meeting they had with one Professor Steve Allen and his colleague, Paul Jones, during which they registered their interest of creating a clinical laboratory for UniGaMSA, with a view to making their clinical practical easier.
The outgoing SG also made mention of a conference they jointly organised with a pre-medical student from the United States of America on female reproductive health, in July this year. She told the members that Africell was the main sponsor of the event, with Dr Hassan Azadeh, a renowned medical practitioner, providing the support.
"Prior to the conference," she said, "a free screening test was conducted at the July 22nd Square in Banjul, and Westfield in the Kanifing Municipality." The exercise, she posited, was aimed at enabling the general public aware of the non-communicable diseases like diabetes and hypertension.
She also reminded of another conference that centered on developing the culture of research, presenting and publishing scientific papers, organised by their executive at the Atlantic Hotel in Banjul.
"On May 15th, 2012, a delegation of three medical students from the executive was selected for a two-week trip to Swansea to represent the Association. During their stay, they attended clinical sessions in four of their different hospitals in various areas of interest. The delegation also had a meeting with Professor Steve Allen and his colleague Paul Jones, during which they registered their interest to create a clinical laboratory for us so as to make the clinical practice easier," she reported.
Other engagements of the outgoing executive, according to Jaiteh includeds a registration process they started for a possible partnership with Federation of African Medical Students' Network. She expressed hope that the new executive will continue on with that process.
Tabling his report at the event, the outgoing auditor of the Association, Sulayman Jaiteh, told the members that their audit exercise was done in accordance with generally accepted standards.
The outgoing president, Pa Amadou Sohna, for his part, thanked his executive and the members of the UniGaMSA for working tirelessly with him in moving the Association forward. He wished the incoming executive the best of luck as they took office, while expressing hope that the members would work with them to continue from where they stopped.
The representative of the vice chancellor of the University of The Gambia at the occasion, Borry Krubally, thanked the outgoing executive for what he called their wonderful job, while reminding the in coming one of the huge responsibilities that lie ahead in consolidating the gains already made by their predecessors.
In his acceptance statement, the newly sworn-in president, Menakor .E. Nenwon, thanked the members of the Association for voting them into office, while acknowledging the wonderful work done by their predecessors. He pledged his executive's commitment to work tirelessly for the advancement of the UniGaMSA.