Dr L. German, and Prof Gillies among 12 recieving republic day honours - 15/12/2003

Twelve persons honoured on Republic Day
by di-ve news

VALLETTA, Malta (di-ve news) -- 14 December 2003 1030 CET -- On Republic Day each year, The President, on behalf of the Government and people of Malta, pays public tribute to a number of Maltese citizens who distinguish themselves in different fields of endeavour, by appointing them to The National Order of Merit or to the Xirka Ġieħ ir-Repubblika, or by awarding them the Midalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika (MQR).

Nationals of other countries may be conferred with honorary membership of the Order or of the Xirka or awarded the Midalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika on an honorary basis. In rarer cases the Midalja għall-Qlubija can be awarded, even posthumously, to a Maltese citizen for an act of exceptional bravery.

This year's Investiture Ceremony again took place at The Palace, Valletta, on Saturday, 13 December 2003, immediately following the customary Ceremonial Parade held at the Palace Square.

During the Ceremony, five Members were appointed to the Order and five individuals were awarded the Midalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika. Moreover one honorary member was appointed to the Order in the grade of Officer. This year a person was also awarded the Midalja għall-Qlubija.

The Investiture Ceremony was the culmination of a process which started with a public call for nominations issued in September to which a number of citizens responded by submitting their nomination.



A physician of international standing, who received his B.Sc. and M.D. degrees from the University of Malta and then took up the speciality of Tropical Medicine. He was Professor of Tropical Medicine at the University of Liverpool for over twenty years where he was Head of Department until his retirement in 1986. In 1988 he responded with enthusiasm to the call of his Alma Mater to help in the strengthening of the Malta Medical School and for the past fourteen years he has been visiting Malta three times a year as a visiting Professor, on an honorary basis, to run a Public Health and Infectious Disease Programme at the School. His significant contribution to the Medical School has helped to increase the credibility of the Institution. He has, throughout this period, helped local postgraduates who sought further training overseas. As a researcher he has made substantial contribution to clinical studies of hookworm, schistosomiasis and malaria. As an advisor to WHO, he has played a key-role in the trials of various anti-parasitic drugs and is considered to be a leading international expert on the disease of malaria. As a clinician and teacher of tropical medicine he has taught generations of students from all over the world.



A medical doctor who specialised in obstetrics and gynaecology and who has been practicing this speciality both locally and overseas for well over forty years. Between 1969 and 1974 he was lecturer and examiner in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Medical School of the University of Malta. Between 1973 and 1988 he was active in trade-unionism when he served as Secretary of the Medical Association of Malta. He has been a member of the Consultative Committee on Bioethics practically since its formation and more recently he was appointed Secretary to the Committee. At the international level he has served respectively as Vice President and Treasurer of the European Region of the Commonwealth Medical Association.

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