Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Health is concluding a permanent arrangement to introduce a central posting for all Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelors of Surgery(MBBS) graduating students for their housemanship training programmes in all the registered Teaching Hospitals in the country from next academic session.
The Registrar, Medical and Dental Council Of Nigeria(MDCN), Dr Abdulmumini Ibrahim, gave the hint recently at an induction ceremony organised for the Bowen University maiden Medical students, having completed their medical academic and research training programmes in the university.
According to him, the introduction of the central posting arrangement, courtesy of the Minister of Health, Professor Issac Adewole initiative is meant to address the difficulties associated with housemanship placement in the country.
MDCN Registrar, who attributed the challenges to poor funding of the programme by all concerned hospitals across the country, stated that the Minister has embarked on a special Fund raising project to execute the programme at the central level, such that every medical inductees from all the MDCN accredited Colleges of Health Sciences, Public or private institutions in the country, will have equal access to housemanship training programme without any discrimination.
According to him, MDCN has the statistics of inductees and the available hospitals in the country, which he said would make dispatch arrangement stress free for the council, as the Minister is succeeding in his fund raising process for the programme.
Dr Ibrahim, who described Bowen University medical inductees as excellent graduates, following MDCN’s confirmed experienced human resources and ultra modern teaching/ research facilities in the institution, enjoined the inductees to specialise in different fields of their interest in the medical world, stressing that first degree in medical disciplines is just the starting point in the medical profession.
“Your specialisation will increase your chances in employment opportunities and relevance in the medical sector, home and abroad,” he concluded.
Speaking in the same vein, The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Matthew Ojo reiterated the commitment of the institution to ensure its compliance with the accredited bodies’ regulations and standards for every academic and professional programmes in the university.
He said, as a faith – based Ivory Tower, the management will adhere to the vision and mission of the institution which is, to be the foremost institution for producing first rate graduates in sciences, health science, technology and humanities with qualitative, functional, morally sound education in the most cost – effective manner.