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Sierra Leone's Medical University hails Newspaper Publisher Dr. Sylvia Blyden
By Daniel S.Sewah
Mar 29, 2007, 19:35

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 Leone.

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