Ebonyi To End Nigerians’ Medical Tourism Abroad…As EBSU College of Medicine Produces 55 New Medical Doctors.
By Agnes Igwe
The Governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman Southeast Governors’ Forum, Chief David Umahi has disclosed readiness of the state to end the era of medical tourism by well-to-do Nigerians to the western developed countries through well trained medical personnel produced in the state.
Governor Umahi represented by Secretary to State Government Dr. Ugbala Kenneth made the disclosure during oath taking\induction ceremony of 55 new medical doctors, the 18th batch physicians produced from Ebonyi state University College of Medicine Abakaliki.
The Governor charged the 55 new sets of medical doctors to religiously abide by terms of their induction oath, which will bring about medical tourism to Ebonyi state as the state government is doing all within her power to ensure the state gets best-equipped teaching hospital in Nigeria.
He reassured commitment of the state government to ensure that the state has the best medical school in Nigeria and pledged to look into request of the college for students’ buses as well as utility vehicles for principal officers.
The University’s Vice-chancellor, Prof. Chigozie Ogbu congratulated the graduands and challenged them to go into the world and make the school proud by being medical doctors of very high repute.
On their parts, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezuruike and the Chief Medical Director of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (AE-FUTHA), Dr. Emeka Onwe Ogah advised the medical doctors to strive to further their studies to be knowledgeable enough in their areas of specialization and shun attitude of doing houseman jobs at multiple places.
The CMD who threatened not to spare them if they play with patients’ lives, advised parents not to leave family responsibilities for the new doctors to avoid involving in illegal dealings to make ends meet.
Conducting the induction/oath-taking ceremony, the Registrar of Council T.A.B. Sanusi called for synergy between the college and university, urged the newly inducted doctors to give back to the institution by doing remarkable things and being outstanding in practice.
He advised the college management to engage outstanding brains among the young doctors as lecturer II to avoid losing them and warned that despite the oath-taking if the young doctors involve in any form of an anomaly, he/she shall be shown the way out.
Mr. Sanusi urged the young doctors to print their licenses and provisional registration to practice from their e – platform and promised that after one year of supervision and they are not found wanting they shall be fully registered.
In support for hard work and excellence, Dr. Onweogah on behalf of AEFUTHA offered automatic houseman job opportunities to the first ten best graduating doctors and N100, 000 to best of all, Miss. Igwilo Martha. The Ebonyi NMA boss, Dr. Gab Egede appealed to them to practice medicine with conscience and gave N50, 000 prizes to the best graduating doctor.
The former Minister for Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu advised the state government and college Registrar to continue working in synergy with AE-FUTHA since the state teaching hospital is still under construction to guarantee the production of 19th batch of physicians. He gave outN400, 000 prizes to the best graduating doctor in honor of their late father Omaka Michael Ejeali.
According to him, the prize is an annual sacrifice of his family in support for excellent performance in medicine and Miss Igwilo Martha is the 16th recipient.
Meanwhile, the SSG was not left out in the support and appreciation for excellent performance as he gave her a sum of two hundred thousand cash prize.
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