Medical Varsity Proprietor Decries Dearth Of Health Professionals

Dr Ibraheem Ayodele, Founder, Eko University of Medicine and Health Sciences (EKOUNIMED), Ijanikin in Lagos State, has decried the dearth of medical doctors and other health professionals in Nigeria.

Ayodele made the assertion at the third virtual matriculation ceremony of the institution on Thursday in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the institution matriculated 36 students for the 2020/2021 academic session.

According to him, Nigeria is grossly deficient in medical doctors and other health professionals including pharmacists, physiotherapists, nurses, laboratory scientists, among others.

“Our health manpower level is so poor that the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) performance rating places Nigeria 187th out of 191 nations.

“Far from the WHO recommendation of a minimum of one doctor to 600 patients, Nigeria has a ratio of one doctor to 6,000 patients.

“The country needs more than 303, 000 doctors to meet the WHO standard, and at least 10,605 new doctors annually to join the workforce (NOIPolls. Abuja, Aug. 3, 2017),” Ayodele said.

He said that with 34 medical schools in the country, it might be asked if there was any need for additional medical schools.

“The answer is an emphatic yes.

“Based on our current population of about 200 million, with a 3.5 per cent annual growth rate from the 2006 census, all medical institutions in the country are only capable of admitting between 10 and 15 per cent of the qualified candidates every year.

“I was motivated to establish this university to bring the best of American Medical Education with which I was involved for more than four decades.

“It will consequently assist in promoting quality modern medical delivery for a people ravaged by myriads of diseases and poverty where the rich travel outside the country to receive some basic medical treatment,” Ayodele said.

Also, Prof. Soga Sofola, Vice-Chancellor of the institution, assured the students of quality teaching by quality members of staff as well as a conducive environment for learning and recreation.

Sofola said that the medical programme was a very rigorous one, advising the students to work hard in order to attain good grades.

“For those in 100 level class, there are facilities for the main subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in addition to Mathematics and Computer Sciences.

“Being close to your seniors, you will also be picking up on some elements of medical sciences and terminologies,” the vice-chancellor said.

Sofola urged parents to be rest assured that their children were in good hands, adding that God would reward their investment in their children abundantly.

NAN reports that EKOUNIMED is a specialised, privately owned, medical, non-sectarian, and co-educational institution.

The institution got the approval of the Federal Executive Council at its meeting of Dec. 6, 2017.

The university has the approval to run all programmes in Medical and Health fields such as the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences and Faculty of Clinical Sciences.

Others include the Faculty of Community Medicine and Primary Health Care, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry and Faculty of Nursing.

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