Monday, 14 March 2016

234 matriculate at Nigeria’s first medical varsity in Ondo.

Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State has said that the establishment of the University of Medical Sciences, UNIMED, Ondo was the state’s strategic response to reverse the brain drain in Nigeria’s medical industry. He added that the institution would also create an institutional base for the production of proficient health care manpower to service the nation. Mimiko said this weekend at the inauguration and first matriculation of the institution in Ondo. 

The university is the first specialized medical university in Nigeria and the second in Africa. Mimiko said dearth of well-trained professionals in the medical industry has been the bane of qualitative, efficient and sustainable health care delivery systems in Africa. 

According to Mimiko, the scenario was more compounded by the exodus of many competent doctors, pharmacists, nurses and other professionals, who in search of better training and working conditions, have moved overseas, thereby making the WHO Health Care Professional-Patient ratio unachievable. Dr Mimiko said it is estimated that about 30,000 Nigerians spend over N250 billion on medical tourism annually. He said with the establishment of the university, the state had been able to allay the concerns of all our key local and international partners about the sustainability of Abiye Safe Motherhood programme and other game-changing initiatives. 

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Friday Okunofua, a Professor of Gynaecology and former Provost of the College of Medicine, University of Benin, disclosed that 234 students were matriculated into the five courses accredited by the Nigerian University Commission, NUC. He therefore assured of his commitment to achieving the best international benchmarks for the university.

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