Gambia wins 3yr seat on World Health Assembly board


Dr Omar Sey made this disclosure on Friday 9 May at the second edition of the white coat and pinning ceremony of the Gambia-based American International University of West Africa, AIUWA.

Contacted yesterday for further details, Dr Sey exclusively told The Standard: “This the highest health legislative body of the World Health Organisation. Of course, I am going to speak for the whole of Africa and this would give The Gambia an additional visibility. You can imagine such representation for The Gambia. And the ministry has a strategic plan which apparently would be pushed during the course of our tenure on the board.” 

Meanwhile, the Friday event, which was the second edition of the American International University’s white coat ceremony, was held for new medical and nursing students at the school’s campus along Kairaba Avenue.


The white coat ceremony is a tradition for American medical schools, marking the students’ transitioning from pre-clinical learning to clinical health sciences.

Addressing the students, Dr Dinesh Shukla, president of AIUWA said: ”Wearing this white coat is a big responsibility. I want you to undertake this responsibility with full courage, dedication and focus.” 

Also speaking at the event, Dr Abubakar Senghore, minister of higher education said: “We as a ministry and as a government assured you of our continued support and cooperation in ensuring that quality education is delivered. I wish to assure you and your students that the government under the dynamic leadership of President Jammeh shall continue to create the enabling environment.” 

Referring to the event, he added: “It is said to be a transition process for the medical and nursing students but it is also believed to be the beginning of a journey in their career. The onus now lies with them to put their skills to task.”


By Ousman Bojang