Laolu Osanyin Appointed First African Member of the Board of Governors of WAML

Nigerian medical lawyer, Laolu Osanyin, has been appointed as the first African Member of the Board of Governors of the World Association for Medical Law (WAML).

Laolu Osanyin was decorated at the 21st Annual World Congress of the Association which took place at Coimbra, Portugal.

The WAML is the international regulatory association of scholars, researchers and practitioners in the areas of medical and health laws.

The aim of the WAML is to promote the study of the consequences in jurisprudence, legislation and ethics of developments in medicine, health care and related sciences with membership from more than 100 countries. The Association also serves as the Medicolegal Advisory Council to the WHO and International Criminal Court.

At the concluded World Congress on Medical Law, Osanyin presented a paper titled: ‘The Ebola Patient Migration: The Nigerian Medicolegal Perspective.’

The paper highlighted the behind the scene diplomatic, public health and medicolegal issues surrounding the arrival of the Ebola patient, Mr. Patrick Sawyer into Nigeria culminating in the heroic exploits of the Nigerian physicians lead by late Dr. Amayo Adedevo in preventing the spread of the disease by ultimately sacrificing their own lives to save millions of lives from contacting the deadly virus.

As the first African member of the Board of Governors, Laolu Osanyin is expected to drive the growth of medical law in Africa by encouraging and facilitating discussions, protocols and legislations on rights and duties of the medical profession in the field of medical ethics, the advancement of health related technology and also issues of malpractice and medical negligence claims.

Femi Shodunke Launches Gatewaymail

A Nigerian journalist based in Canada, Femi Shodunke, has officially unveiled an online news publication website, Gatewaymail.

Femi Shodunke stated that Gatewaymail will feature general news and exclusive interviews, with a focus on Nigeria and Canada.

Mr. Shodunke is a former deputy editor of Compass newspaper. He worked at National Concord, The Comet, and The Nation before leaving for Canada.

In his words:

“Considering the position of Canada, and our people’s desire to come over here – to school and also live – I thought we could focus on news that would enrich their knowledge and provide adequate information.”

Mr. Shodunke holds a Masters Degree from the University of Ibadan, and another from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.