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Ojukwu Varsity graduates first medical doctors

By Chukwujekwu Ilozue Onitsha |   07 January 2016   |   1:12 am  

Nine years after 60 students gained admission to read medicine at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojuwu University (COOU) 13 graduated and were yesterday presented to the teaching hospital for internship.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the university’s teaching hospital Dr. Lawrence Ikeako recalled while presenting the graduates to the teaching hospital in Awka that the students “went through agonising moment due to accreditation rigours that the institution passed through since 2009.

Ikeako said he was nevertheless happy that the institution has produced the first set of medical doctors after about 10 years that the journey began.

According to him, the dream of getting accreditation from the Nigerian Medical and Dental Council was made possible by the Anambra government under Mr. Peter Obi and his successor Chief Willie Obiano who ensured that it was a reality.

He counseled the young doctors to become passionate and save life first before
other things.
He charged them to be worthy ambassadors of the medical school and put their patients first before all other considerations.

“You have been trained under the best environment around; you will be good doctors in practice, my advice is that you should be compassionate people who must take the interest of your patient to heart.

“If you place your patient first, all other things will follow,” he added, saying that internship programme for new doctors remained a challenge in the country and called on state and federal
government to embark on massive expansion of existing facilities.

He noted that full residency programme of the Teaching Hospital that would accommodate 24 interns would commence in 2016.

Earlier in his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Fidelis Okafor said he was glad the dream of producing medical doctors had become a reality.

Okafor said the management of the institution would ensure that the medical doctors are produced yearly with any more impediments.

“They were 60 that got admission for this course in 2006 but now just 13 of them are
successful, the history is long but the summary is that we now have medical doctors who can go to anywhere in the world to practice.

“We shall ensure that we maintain standards by passing the routine accreditation and our message is that nobody should entertain any fear to seek admission into our medical school and the rush is there already,” he said#

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University formerly Anambra State University is a Nigerian tertiary institution located in Uli, a suburb in Anambra State. The University was established by law No. 13 of 2000 by the Anambra State Government and has a two-Campus structure with the main campus of the University located at Uli in the former site of the Ekwenugo Okeke Polytechnic, formally called Anambra State Polytechnic and the second campus located at Igbariam in the former site of the College of Agriculture. The law establishing the University phased out the State Polytechnic and the University inherited its assets and liabilities.

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