Tuesday, 12 January 2016

UNIBEN to increase admission quota into medical school

If the plans by the management of
University of Benin (UNIBEN) see the
light of the day, candidates seeking
admission into the university to study
Medicine and Surgery, and their
parents, will soon have every cause to
smile.
The cheering news was broken by
the university authority, which said
strategies had put in place to ensure the
upward review of the admission quota
into the medical programmes in order to avail applicants greater opportunities for admission.
The plan was followed last week with a
visit and inspection of facilities at the
University of Benin Teaching Hospital
(UBTH) by the Vice-Chancellor Prof.
Faraday Orumwense.

 The vice-chancellor was received at UBTH by the Dean of
College of Medicine, Prof. Moses
Mommoh; Prof Ambrose Isah, a
Professor of Medicine and the President
of UNIBEN Medical Students Association,
Niyi Kolade, as well as Heads of
Departments, who conducted him round facilities.

The facility tour was said to have begun
at the Oba Akenzuwa Hall, the lecture
halls for the 400-Level Medical students,
where the vice-chancellor interacted
with the students and encouraged them
to work hard and apply themselves to
effective learning in order to become
competent doctors.

Meanwhile, he counseled them to desist
from absenting themselves from their
clinical postings, advising them to also
make good use of the facilities in the
hospital for their learning. The vice-
chancellor and his team inspected the
offices and seminar rooms at the
Department of Medicine, Surgery,
Medical Library, the Consultants Out-
Patients Department (COPD) and the
Institute of Child Health. Apart from
these, Orumwense was also conducted
round the Morbid Anatomy Laboratory,
Blood Bank, Operating Theatre,
Histopathology Laboratory, Child Health
Department and the Accident and
Emergency Centres.

Speaking at the end of the tour, the vice-
chancellor said he was impressed at the
level of infrastructural development at
the Teaching Hospital, even as he
commended the Chief Medical Director
(CMD), Prof. Micheal Ibadin for showing
a purposeful management. While lauding
the members of staff of the hospital for
their commitment over the years
towards grooming the medical students,
Orumwense revealed that the proposed
increase in admission quota has become
necessary, considering the fact that
UNIBEN has become the most sought
after medical school in the country.
His words: “Our admission policy of
“Strictly Merit” has made us the most
sought after. Every parent wants their
children to become doctors and every
student wants to come to UNIBEN.
“Yearly, we are in a state of dilemma
when it comes to offer candidates
admission to medicine. Many candidates
applied and passed the qualifying
examination, but we stick to our policy
of merit and admit the best 100 students.
This has really not been easy. With an
increase in the admission quota, more
students will be given the opportunity of
actualizing their dreams of becoming
medical doctors and studying at the
university.” According to Mommoh, the
current doctor-patient ratio in the
country is a far cry from the World
Health Organization (WHO)
recommendation.
He said: “There is need to increase the
number of doctors in the country, though
Nigeria has trained many doctors, and
most of them have left the shores of the
country looking for greener pasture.
However, UBTH has become a first
choice teaching hospital in the country,
where we have all specialties in medical
practices and specialties in
Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Fetal
Medicine while we pioneered Stem Cell
Transplant for Sickle Cell Anaemia
patients.”


Source: NEW TELEGRAPH NEWSPAPER


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