No man an island, doctors told

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MEDICAL CONFERENCE: Members of the Samoa Medical Association at the opening of their conference at Moto'otua yesterday.

MEDICAL CONFERENCE: Members of the Samoa Medical Association at the opening of their conference at Moto'otua yesterday.

The 69th Annual General Meeting of the Samoa Medical Association started yesterday.

Held at the Ministry of Health, the theme of the two day meeting is “Maternal, Child Health and Family Planning; sustaining Samoa’s Millennium Development within the context of Sustainable Development Goals.”

The ceremony also saw the awarding of full registration to three new doctors; Dr. Cecilia Va’ai-Bartley, Dr. Grace Gabriel-Qereqeretabua and Dr. Maluapapa Nu’uausala Siaosi.

Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Talalelei Tuitama congratulated members of the Association for their work.

“As we continue to work together to assure safe and quality health care for our people, I would like to remind you all that it remains vital to ensure we work in partnership and colleagueship with each other,” he said.

“’No man is an island’ - and to reach our health sector goal of a healthy Samoa, it is vital that we in the medical profession all work together as a profession and with other healthcare professions to achieve a collective effort for the health and well being of our people.

“We need to work and support each other to build a strong profession, a strong service ethic.

“We need to always remember that our mission in our profession is to ‘do no harm.’

“For this to be true, we need to constantly learn from and with each other, to help and support each other to the best of our ability, to work in colleagueship for the health and well being of our people.”

The Minister also reminded that the strength of the profession is each individual member and the strength of each member is the profession.

The meeting will involve sessions focusing on Maternal, Child Health and Family Planning; sustaining Samoa’s Millennium Development within the context of Sustainable Development Goals.

The election of the New Patron, vice Patron and Office Bearers, 2016/2017, will be held today.

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