Motec Life-UK has emerged unscathed after a
keenly contested election for an acting Vice President following
the leave of absence of Dr Edward Acquah. At a meeting of Motec
in Hemel Hempstead, the proceedings were as routine as usual
until most members realised that they were individually special
assistants to the President or to their Partners in Charity.
Two nominated candidates presented their ideas briefly and an
open but confidential voting showed a close call (15:12) and
after an amicable hand shake, the winner, Simon Derbie of
Northwick Park assumed office as the acting Vice President.
Derbie worked as an Anaesthetist Nurse at Nkawkaw Holy Family
Hospital after training at the University of Science and
Technology in Kumasi. He is now the team leader of the Operating
Department Practitioners at the Northwick Park. He has been
instrumental in establishing very useful links for Motec
especially with Professor Lord David Alton and he is committed
to improvement in anaesthetic and recovery ward facilities in
our target hospitals. He played a pivotal role in our linkage
with Pramso and MIDA that eventually led to the sponsorship of
some African members of Motec and hopefully the anticipated
collaboration with the Dublin Order of St John of God and the
Asafo project with all the positive hopes for the future of
Motec. As a special assistant to the President, he co-ordinated
the Dutch membership of Motec that is now yielding the fruits of
the first Dutch Consultant Motec Volunteer to visit Ghana.
Steve Townsend, the other contestant, is a surgical Assistant of
St Albans City Hospital and a Pioneer Trustee Executive (Welfare
Officer) of Motec who has continued to work hard to improve the
theatre equipment and training of staff at Koforidua St Joseph’s
Hospital and the facilities at Nkawkaw Holy Family Hospital.
continues to work relentlessly towards the main objectives of
our organisation and with his friend Dave has developed the
co-operate identity of Motec in its emblem and popular ‘T’
shirt. Through his efforts, Motec has been adopted by St
Michael’s School in St Albans, a move that has opened up a
lively link between the pupils of that school and the staff and
patients of the children’s ward at Koforidua. He is hoping to
help offer a two-way traffic attachment to Koforidua for Nursing
Students in the U.K. and vice versa for qualified Nurses from
Koforidua to U.K. when the environment is right. Motec hopes
that in future his dreams will be achieved with improvement of
standards in the target Hospitals in Ghana.
Motec is hoping to hold an Annual General Meeting on 1st
December, 2007 either in Harpenden or Hemel Hempstead. Fresh,
free and fair elections will be conducted under the supervision
of Dr Fiifi Amu-Darko. Motec enjoys a membership of dedicated
men and women who could all easily take on any duty responsibly
as the July elections has demonstrated. Sad that there appear to
be limited positions in the Executives. The leadership however
believe that with the Commitment demonstrated by non – executive
members, example has been set for members who may not be on the
Executives at the next election to assume the Special Assistant
Position to our friends in our quest to achieve our objectives.
There are indications that amicably contested elections will be
the order of the day to reflect the harmony of a world of Motec
which cuts across men of all potentials and nationality, with
different ideas, religion and background. All executive
positions will be contested for. Campaigning will not start
until Dr Fiifi announcement.
MOTEC surely a winner and a champion of Democracy.
Congratulations to contestants, members and friends of Motec.
Acting Vice President Simon Derbie