The inauguration and matriculation of the University of Medical Sciences, (UNIMEDS) Ondo took place last weekend. The governor of the state, Olusegun Mimiko stated that the institution was established to improve the standards in Nigeria’s medical industry.
The event, which saw 234 students matriculate, is the first specialized medical university in Nigeria and the second in Africa.
Mimiko also said that the institution would create an institutional base for the production of proficient health care manpower to service the nation.
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.
The governor also added that the lack of many competent doctors, pharmacists, nurses and other professionals only compounded the health-related challenges the country is facing. Some of the best practitioners who in search of better training and working conditions, have moved overseas, has made the WHO Health Care Professional-Patient ratio unachievable.
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.
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