The Nigerian health sector got a further boost last Thursday (April 28, 2016) with the professional initiation of 48 newly qualified medical doctors trained by the University of Ilorin.
The 32nd professional initiation of the Batch B of the 2016 medical graduands, was held at the University Main Auditorium. n his opening remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. (Mrs.) N.Y.S. Ijaiya, observed that medicine was not an easy discipline.
Unilorin Medical Graduate take the Physicians oath
The Registrar of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), Dr Abdulmumin Ibrahim, who was represented by the Director, Kwara State Hospital Services, Dr Zinat Saadu, tasked the new medics on the principles of firmness, fairness, justice and mercy in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Charging the new medics to be guided by the ethics of the profession, the MDCN boss said, “Your profession is service to humanity… above all, in whatever you do, whatever you say, say so with honour and dignity. In life, it is not how much money you make that matters; it is not how much connection you have that matters, it is not even how many degrees you earn that matters, but what matters ultimately, is what happiness you have given to the next person.”
Lamenting the huge disparity in the ratio of medical doctors to the over 170 million Nigerians, the Vice-Chancellor said, “Nigerians need as many doctors as they can get. So, as tough as the course is, we still need more doctors to man our hospitals, This is the reason why we are happy today that we are contributing more doctors to the medical facilities of Nigeria and to humanity.”
In a goodwill message, the Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Kwara State Branch, Dr Abubakar O. Ayinla, represented by Dr (Mrs.) Durotoye Idayat, welcomed the new medics to the Association and urged them to imbibe high ethical standards of practice.
Addressing the new doctors, the Coordinator of the Unilorin Medical Graduands Association, Prof. A. Fawole, enjoined them as alumni of the institution, to join in making the better by far University better.
The representative of the Registrar of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Dr Zinat Saadu, then administered the Physician’s Oath on the new medical graduands.