The School of Health and Medical Sciences (SHMS) takes Giant Leap
The School of Health and Medical Sciences (SHMS) tottered at birth for reasons we all know, but, even though it is often said that a good beginning makes a good end, it is also true that a bad beginning could make a good end. Why? Because a tottering start forces a rethink that often catapults a project to higher heights than previously imagined.
This is what has happened to the School of Health and Medical Sciences in Kumbo. True, the project started with a lot of promise and many Cameroonians who know the worth of Catholic education wanted their children to study with us, but a suspension of the Department of Medicine brought pain to those on the programme and dampened the hopes of many who had plans to study with us.
The Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province did all in their power to get the Department of Medicine rehabilitated, which it has, but also did everything to make the School of Health and Medical Sciences a top notch school in this country and beyond. The training equipment found in the School of Health and Medical Sciences is hardly found anywhere else in this country. In addition, in our usual quest for excellence, we have searched everywhere to get the best brains teach in Kumbo. At the beginning of the current academic year (2017/2018) the Bishops made a huge catch. They got the very renowned Professor Emeritus Robert Ivo Leke, a household name in medical training in this country and beyond, to head the SHMS. We were both humbled and delighted that a person with such a pedigree should accept to come and help out with our Medical School project in Kumbo.
The solemn installation of Professor Leke took place in the Parish Church in Tobin in a Mass concelebrated by the Archbishop of Bamenda and Chancellor of the University, His Grace Cornelius Fontem Esua and the Bishop of Kumbo and Pro Chancellor, His Lordship George Nkuo and many priests. This installation was accompanied by the matriculation of the freshmen of the School of Health and Medical Sciences.
We are glad to welcome Professor Leke to the School of Health and Medical Sciences and hope that he will continue there the great work which he has done in the training of medical personnel in this country and abroad and we wish him every success.
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