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UB Graduates 60 Medics, Others 

By Yvonne Massa Ako & *Carine Kubong Ngefor

The Faculty of Health Sciences, FHS, of the University of Buea, UB, has graduated some 285 health personnel.

The exercise was carried out at a convocation ceremony at the Dorothy Limunga Njeuma Amphitheatre on Friday, July 10, 2015.The ceremony was co-presided by the Minister of Higher Education, Professor Jacques Fame Ndongo and the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Public Health, Alim Hayatou.

Of the 285 graduates 60 Medical Doctors, 38 and 14 took Masters Degrees in Public Health and Nursing respectively, while 27 others had a Masters each in Medical Sciences; 146 of them were admitted to the Bachelors Degree in Nursing and Medical Laboratory Sciences.

Addressing the graduating students, Minister Fame Ndongo noted:
“The Biomedical Scientists are well trained by FHS of UB. I encourage them to go on the field and work hard for the benefit of all Cameroonians and the Sub Regions; be it in Africa or the world at large. I urge them to be very honest in their duties; it is a very difficult Faculty and I know that they are going to work hard for our country, Cameroon.”

Taking the floor, UB Vice Chancellor, VC, Dr. Nalova Lyonga said that there was nothing greater than health in this world. Said she: “one could have had the experience of having States that are in turmoil; you don’t want to be in turmoil.

If Cameroon is in turmoil, you will not be graduating today.
“History has it that FHS has never been involved in any strike. I urge all of you to continue to have an influence on the people here. Don’t forget to work through the alumni associations. UB and the Government have given you; you give us back.”

Dr. Nalova outlined some projects that UB would be executing such as the construction of a 500 capacity amphitheatre at FHS, with the help of the Minister of Higher Education.

“On June 9, 2015, the Ministers of Higher Education, Public Health and the American Ambassadors signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU for the introduction of the studies of epidemiologists in Cameroon to UB, backed by the Centre of Disease Control, CDC, in Atlanta, USA. These epidemiologists will handle epidemics in Cameroon.

“A year ago, the Minister of Public Health asked UB to oversee the training of midwives. UB is moving strategically with a strategic plan of the Government. “These students graduating today I can assure you are well trained.

These investments will go a long way towards putting Cameroon in a great step regarding the Greater Achievements Programme, as reflected in the plans of the Head of State”.
The Dean of FHS, Marcelin Ngowe Ngowe, thanked the Government for what he said was a new and good looking campus.

“FHS is one of the greatest realisations of the Head of State in the Southwest Region, through his New Deal Policy. Our Medical Doctors, Nurses and Medical Laboratory Scientists are now working all over Cameroon and abroad, saving lives and self sustainability. Little by little, a bird makes its nest.

This is the third batch of Medical Doctors; the 15th batch of Senior Nurses and Laboratory Scientists, third batch of Post Graduate Public Health Experts, fourth batch in Nursing Education and seventh batch of students in Medical Laboratory Sciences.

“We want to assure you of our willingness to train quality Medical Doctors and health personnel” Ngowe stated.

On her part, the best graduating student in Medicine, with a GPA of 3.49, Collete Sih, remarked: “It’s a great privilege and honour…it teaches a lot. The reactions are mixed. I am relieved after seven long years. It’s a joy that hard work has finally paid off. Personally, I would say I am unprepared, but thank God for the seniors and teachers who will always be there to give us a helping hand in the field.”

Sih was one of the beneficiaries of the Cameroon Medical Council prize.
Another graduate in Medical Laboratory Sciences, Valentine Atem enthused:
“It’s a great experience; it was not easy, but thank God, I sailed through and we were told to respect the norms and everything we were taught; I hope to do that in future.”
*(NPB Student on Intership)