The first conference of the Commonwealth Medical Association to be held in Africa was opened in Accra, the capital of Ghana, on Tuesday (12 September).
GV Flags outside conference bldg. with CU Coat of arms (3 shots)
SV INT Delegates seated (2 shots)
SV & CU Retiring president Dr. Gwee Ah Leng (2 shots)
SV U.K. delegates
CU New president Dr. Bannerman
CU Vice-president Dr. D.E.C. Mekie (U.K.)
CU Col. Adjetey
CU Dr. Badoo (Director of Ghana Medical Services)
CU Dr. D. Stevenson (Treasurer C'wealth Med. Assn.)
SCU Delegate from Trinidad & Tobago
SV & CU Col. Adjstey speaking (2 shots)
Delegate from Swaziland applauds
SV Dr. Gwee introduces Dr. Bannerman
SV Audience applauding as Dr. Bannerman speaks (3 shots)
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Background: The first conference of the Commonwealth Medical Association to be held in Africa was opened in Accra, the capital of Ghana, on Tuesday (12 September).
Officials form Medical Associations in thirteen countries are attending the conference. Delegates come form Australia, Britain, Ceylon, Fiji, India, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago and from Ghana.
In the opening session, the retiring president of the Commonwealth Medical Association, Doctor Gwee Ah Leng of Singapore, introduced the new president, Doctor H.S. Bannerman of Ghana, who will hold the office for the new two years.
A message to the conference form Ghana's Head of State, Colonel I.K. Acheampong, was read by the Commissioner for Health, Colonel J.C. Adjetey.
The message asked the conference to consider ways of training young doctors form developing countries without the risk of losing them later to richer countries.
SYNOPSIS: A message form Ghana's Head of State, Colonel Acheampong, asked the delegates to consider the best ways of training young doctors for work in developing countries.
Ghana's Commissioner for Health, colonel Adjetey said the loss of doctors to richer nations was of great concern in Ghana.
Delegates applauded as the retiring president of the Association, Dr. Gwee, introduced the in-coming president, Dr. H.S. Bannerman of Ghana. Doctor Bannerman will hold the office for two years.
The Commonwealth Medical Association was formed to link doctors in Commonwealth countries, ??? maintain the traditions of the profession and to discuss developments in medicine.