|Former S.U. President Sylvia Blyden with Current Executive of SU of COMAHS in front of Halls of Faculty of Nursing in Freetown
The Principal of the College of
Medicine and Allied Health Sciences and Deputy Vice Chancellor of the
University of Sierra Leone, Professor Sahr Gevao has stated that
popular Sierra Leonean businesswoman, Dr. Sylvia Blyden was not only
one of the finest students to go through the Medical School in Sierra
Leone but that she graduated top of her class from the University’s
Medical School with results he said, "no-one got that year" according
to the University records.
Professor Sahr Gevao was speaking at
the Halls of the Faculty of Nursing along Lightfoot Boston Street
during the Swearing-In of the newly elected Students’ Union where Dr.
Sylvia Blyden, herself a former Students’ Union President, was a
Special Guest of Honour.
Professor Gevao used the occasion to
pay glowing tribute to Dr. Sylvia Blyden whose "versatility" he stated,
had allowed her to expand beyond the practise of medicine and become
one of the most respected and successful women in Sierra Leone today
who was, "doing very well in the society".
Dr. Joe Jackson, the head of
Pharmacological Studies at COMAHS also described Sylvia Blyden, as "an
alumni of COMAHS" whom the college as a whole, was, "very proud of."
Retired Military Doctor, Dr. K.I.S.
Kamara who headed the Military Hospital Services for many years, also
spoke at the occasion during which he recounted how proud he was of
Sylvia Blyden and her widespread social and other efforts to develop
the Sierra Leone society.
For her part, Sylvia Blyden, who
remains the only woman in the history of Sierra Leone to have contested
for and won a University Students’ Union Presidency in 1994/95, called
upon the student body to lend their support to the current SU
President, Mr. Mukeh Fahnbulleh whom she described as a "visionary".
She recounted her own days as the Students’ Union President and
promised to continue to lend her moral and financial support to the
Students’ body at all times.
The occasion was also used to launch
the Students’ Welfare Fund. The Fund was launched by the Deputy
Managing Director of the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank Ltd., Mr. Crispin
Deigh who assured the students of his own personal support to their
welfare as well as the SLCB’s corporate responsibility towards the
welfare of the future doctors of Sierra Leone. He urged the students to
present proposals outlining their needs to other corporate entities in
Sierra Leone for financial sponsorship.
It can be recalled that Dr. Blyden is a trained
medical doctor who after obtaining her USMLE Licensing from the United
States of America, studied Internet and Computing and is now making a
tremendous input into the Internet and Communications sector of Sierra
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