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Launch of the ECSA College of Physicians ECSACOP, 2nd July 2016

ECSACOP Council Members and (Seated) third from Left Hon Dr. David Parirenyatwa, Minister of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe. (Seated) third from right Dr. Joseph Kasonde Minister of Health Zambia, (Seated) second from right Prof Njelesani, President of ECSACOP. (Seated) from left Mr. E Manyawu representing DG ECSA HC

ECSACOP Council Members and (Seated) third from Left Hon Dr. David Parirenyatwa, Minister of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe. (Seated) third from right Dr. Joseph Kasonde Minister of Health Zambia, (Seated) second from right Prof Njelesani, President of ECSACOP. (Seated) second from left Mr. E Manyawu representing DG ECSA HC

The ECSA College of Physicians (ECSACOP) was officially launched by the Hon Minister of Health for the Republic of Zambia Hon Minister Dr. Joseph Kasonde in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe on the 2nd of July, 2016.  The Ministers of Health for Zambia and Zimbabwe Hon Dr. Joseph Kasonde and Hon Dr. David Parirenyatwa graced the occasion.

In both their speeches, the Hon Ministers congratulated the Physicians for the launch and becoming the ECSA-HC sixth affiliate college under the umbrella of the ECSA College of Health Sciences.

The Hon. Ministers inaugurated the ECSACOP Council and conferred the status of Founding Fellows to the 15 ECSACOP Council members with Prof. Njelesani as the Founding President.  Following the inauguration and conferment of Founding Fellowship status, the new President Prof. Njelesani invited the 169 Physicians present to read the oath and solemnly swear to abide by it before admitting them as Fellows of ECSACOP and conferring the status of Founding Fellows to them. The Physicians are from Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The Hon Ministers and the ECSA representative of the Director General reiterated the need for ECSACOP to immediately engage in training of Physicians in order to contribute in redressing the critical Human Resources for Health shortage in the region. They urged ECSACOP to extend its membership countries in the region

They further committed to support ECSACOP in its activities.  ECSACOP becomes the six ECSA-HC College of Health Sciences affiliate College.  The other Colleges include ECSA College of Nurses (ECSACON), College of Surgeons of ECSA (COSECSA), College of Pathologists of ECSA (COPECSA), College of Anaesthesiologists of ECSA (CANECSA) and College of Ophthalmology of ECSA (COECSA). Read more

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