By: Anthony Q. Jiffan, Jr.
The Alumni Association of the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine has announced plans and calendar of events leading to the celebration of the College’s fifty-one year of existence, and its contribution to the Liberian community.
In an interview with journalists Tuesday, some members of the pending July 6th celebration said all is set for the College, in collaboration with the faculty and administration of the University of Liberia, to once again appreciate God for His immense blessings bestowed upon the College since its founding in 1968.
The Chairperson of the Alumni Association of the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, Dr. Celina O. Zayzay, said the event is not just about merry-making, but it is a mission to undertake a project which will be of significance to the forward march of the College.
Dr. Zayay said the program marking the celebration of the College’s fifty first anniversary is divided into three parts, including a walk from the main compound of John F. Kennedy Hospital to the college’s campus situated adjacent the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Sinkor and a football and a kickball matches between the alumni and the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA).
“On July 6, our former instructors and administrators, amongst others will join us in a walk from JFK to the A.M. Dogliotti campus named and styled “Walk for health for all,” Dr. Zayzay said.
She added that both male and female doctors will welcome the lawyers in the country at the sports pitch at the A.M. Doliotti campus to lock horns with medics in sports, which would be a mean of letting the public know that good healthcare is everybody’s business.
Dr. Zayzay also said there will be a fundraising dinner program at Bella Casa in Sinkor for the construction of a modern clinical laboratory for students of the A.M. Dogliotti.
“The clinical demonstration lab, when built, will be the first of its kind at the college since its founding over fifty years ago,” she said, estimating the cost of the project at nearly US$30,000.
Dr. Zayzay added that the clinical demonstration lab, when built, will also help alleviate the college’s lack of a demonstration space for its students.
“Even when we were in the medical school, lack of a clinical demonstration lab was a challenge. We didn’t have somewhere we could directly practice some of the procedures we learnt about in class. The school has a lab but clinical demonstration lab is where an individual is taught basic skills,” she said.
She noted further that as of 1968 up to the outbreak of the civil war in 1989, the Dogliotti Foundation (Italian) named ‘Holy Sea’ hugely supported the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine in Liberia.
In support of Dr. Zayzay’s awareness to the public about the pending observance and celebrations of the anniversary, Dr. Sovich S. Karmoh, co-chairperson of the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, said it is about time that everyone supports the College since it is the only institution yet training medical doctors in the country.
Dr. Karmoh said the celebration of the college’s anniversary is in line with the University of Liberia’s centennial (hundredth) anniversary recently observed in Monrovia.