April 7 , 2009 2.30 PM
In keeping with its commitment to community involvement in overall medical education and health care, the International American University, College of Medicine conducted the second World Health Day seminar on the 7th of April 2009. The Seminar which was held in the University campus in Beanefield, Vieux-Fort saw active participation from Ministry of Health, Education and the community.
Hon. Arsenne James, the Minister of Education, graced the activity with his esteemed presence. The seminar started at 2:30 pm with Ms. Florence Black, a senior student at IAU introducing the dignitaries and Dr. James Villaneuva welcoming the participants, distinguished guests and speakers. Dr. Rambally, Chief Medical Officer of St. Lucia gave the opening remarks. He emphasized the theme of the World Health Day in relation to the topics lined up. Dr. David Keyes chaired the technical session and entertained the crowd with his presentation. Dr. Angel started with a discussion on reemerging and new infectious diseases. Dr. Ayo Adesanya of Victoria Hospital followed with a talk on diabetes mellitus. Dr. Gabriel, a senior Oncologist in St Lucia presented research data and statistics on the epidemiology of cancer in St. Lucia. Hypertension, being a major health problem world wide, was expertly discussed by Dr. Raymond of St. Jude's Hospital. Finally, Dr. Stephen King, Ex Chief Medical Officer and a Pathologist, made a courageous dissection of HIV and AIDS in St. Lucia. Ms. Nurse, IAU Office Manager gave the vote of thanks while the Minister of Education made a closing remark for the activity and congratulated IAU for all its efforts and contribution to St Lucia. The faculty, students and staff of IAU College of Medicine attended the function along with members from the medical community of St Lucia. The World Health Organization (WHO) sent videos, brochures and posters in appreciation of IAU’s observation of this day.
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