The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN, has expressed satisfaction at the efforts being taken by the administration of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu towards ensuring that the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, remains the first institute solely established for medical training in Nigeria.
Speaking while on a courtesy visit to the Ondo State Governor in Akure, the Team Leader, who is the Registrar of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN , Dr Tajudeen Sanusi said the present administration had within two years put the pioneer Medical University in Nigeria in sound footings through infrastructural upgrade, strategic positioning of the institution for credible delivery of medical service and prioritization of personnel wellbeing.
The Registrar represented by the Head of Department of Medical Education of ,MDCN,Dr Nnaemeka Nwakanma who described UNIMED as a peculiar Medical Institution, advised the State Government not to relent as a number of governments in Nigeria were waiting in the wings at overtaking the pioneering heights of Ondo State.
He stressed the need to keep up the impressive health indices of the state which according to him were topmost on global yardstick for measuring the delivery of good governance as articulated by the World Health Organisation, WHO.
Sharing its observation with the governor as an Accreditation Team to the University on its programme on Dental Education, MDCN charged the State Government to crystal clear make distinct the roles of UNIMED Teaching Hospital as a supporting institution to the University as a medical school.
“The teaching hospital exists for 3 key reasons, teaching, research and services. Over the years, because of the peculiarities of the Nigerian system there have been friction in certain places and it has worked negatively for the ultimate healthcare delivery to the citizens.
“Ondo State pioneered something unique to this part of the world by commencing the University of Medical Sciences, a university that is uniquely designed to showcase the best of medical education in sub-Sahara Africa”, he said.
He further called on the governor to continue to sustain development his administration was putting into advancing the frontier of medical practice in the university.
Responding, the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, assured that despite paucity of funds his administration would continue to remain focused at improving the health standards of citizens of the state in conformity with global standard.
Governor Akeredolu used the occasion to commend the efforts of the Vice-chancellor Professor Okonofua and his team for projecting UNIMED by attracting the best that will create a place of pride for the institution within the medical community locally and internationaliy.
The Accreditation Panel has 13 members from various universities across the country.
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