The Imo State University (IMSU) Owerri on Thursday, June 3, 2021 held the induction ceremony of a total of 52 newly graduated medical students from the college of medicine of the university.
The State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma was represented at the ceremony by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Bartholomew Okorochukwu. The Chief Medical Director, Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH) Orlu, Dr. Ifeanyi Nwamba, the Provost College of Medicine, Prof. Ugochukwu Anyaehie, Registrar, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), families and friends of the graduands witnessed the occasion.
In his speech, the Governor said government was aware of the challenges facing both the university and the teaching hospital, adding that measures were being put in place to tackle them, especially in the areas of accreditation for the college and assured that the issue of payment of salaries for the teaching hospital is being handled.
The Acting Vice Chancellor of Imo State University, Prof. Peter Akah commended the governor who is a visitor to the university, for his urgent intervention by rescuing the hospital road and ensuring that the students eventually graduate after spending several years due to issue of accreditation. Prof. Akah gave kudos to the graduands and their parents for their patience, irrespective of the various challenges they encountered during the course of their programme. He urged the newly inducted medical doctors to maintain the high standard for which the college is known as they go into the profession.
In his address, the Chief Medical Director of IMSUTH Orlu, Dr. Ifeanyi Nwamba said that he came to share their joy after sharing their sorrows during the challenge of accreditation. He noted that graduation of medical students of the college should be a government priority to ease their sufferings. He commended Governor Uzodimma for his visionary leadership and for paying particular attention to health and education as well as emphasizing the need for timely graduation of the medical students of the university.
Dr. Nwamba pointed out that failure to graduate medical students is also a failure to both the management and government. He said that the teaching hospital provided an enabling environment for the college as well as working in synergy. The CMD reminded the graduands of the task ahead and urged them to apply caution and be patient as they attend to their patients. He encouraged them to work towards achieving the best as they were taught while wishing them success.
The highpoint of the event was the administering of Physician’s Oath to the new doctors by the Registrar of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.