IGBINEDION UNIVERSITY INDUCTS NEW DOCTORS
In its bid to reduce the gap between the number of Doctors available in the Nigerian Health sector and the ratio of one doctor to 600 patients recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has inducted 41 newly qualified medical doctors trained by Igbinedion University, Okada to boost the health personnel in the country.
In his speech at the 14th induction/oath-taking ceremony of Igbinedion University, the Dean of Clinical Medicine of the university, Professor Lawrence Chiedozi, lamented that Nigeria with an estimated population of 180 million people which obviously needs at least 37,000 doctors nationally can only boast of 35,000 doctors in the country. This, he says, spell tragedy for the nation’s health sector.
Professor Chiedozi said that there are thirty-one fully approved and six partially approved medical schools in Nigeria which produce annually an average number of 3,155 doctors for the entire country.
At this rate, he said, it would take the nation close to a hundred years to produce the number of the doctors needed for the nation’s health care delivery.
It would recalled that The Punch Newspaper of Saturday November 5, 2016, reported that the ratio of doctors to patients in Nigeria today stands at one doctor to 3,500 patients.
Professor Chiedozi also decried the difficulties being experienced by newly inducted doctors to find spaces for their mandatory one year internship, adding that the training of medical graduates would only be complete after the Medical and Dental Council’s mandatory one year of internship in an MDCN approved hospital.
According to him, the practice of modern medicine actually requires the expertise of well-trained specialists in many specialties and sub-specialties of medicine.
He called on the new inductees to ensure continual training in various specialties of medicine to increase their proficiency in medical practice.
Delivering a lecture entitled: ‘’The Challenges of Medical Practice in a Developing Economy’’ the former Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, Professor Abiodun Ilesanmi noted that much of the third world economic growth had lowered the living standards for the majority of people and had as well caused a rising unemployed and mass poverty.
According to him, “Nigerians need to recognize this crisis not only in terms of the ratio of dollar to naira, but realistically its toll on human beings with a brutality, difficult to capture in mere words and expressions for the majority of people in debtor countries”.
He said, to many people, economic recession means inadequate diets, insufficient income to feed and educate children and mounting susceptibility to disease.
Professor Ilesanmi said in 1996 only, 213 billion dollars was involved in the fight against poverty and disease, with Africa contributing at least 24 billion dollars.
He expressed that as at 20 years ago, the total foreign debt owed by Sub-Sahara African countries was 167 billion dollar and most of this was owed to official donors and multinational organizations.
He lamented that 50 percent of Africans live below poverty line, while 40 percent live on less than 4 dollars per day.
Professor Ilesanmi said many people had continued to hold government responsible for the state of affairs by the limited funding of the health sector; implementation of conflicting policies, programmes and guidelines that fuel corruption in the country.
He regretted that the centralization of health institutions in Nigeria had made the whole process of health care delivery sluggish.
He said, it was not surprising that in this time of economic recession and constantly changing ecosystem, medical practices were struggling to maintain financial hemostasis.
In her welcome address, the Ag Vice Chancellor of Igbinedion University, Professor (Mrs.) Charity Emaviwe Commended parents for their invaluable contributions to the training of the inductees.
She charged the young doctors to ensure they fly the prestigious flag of the university as the predecessor did.
The 41 inductees were later led to take the medical practice oath by the registrar of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Dr. T.A.B. Sanusi.
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