Edo Varsity Graduates First Set Of Medical Students

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The Faculty of Medicine, Edo State University, Uzairue has graduated the first set of Bachelor of Medicine ( MB) and Bachelor of Surgery ( MS) six years after its establishment.

Performing the induction and oath-taking ceremony, the Registrar of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), Dr. Tajudeen Adisa Sanusi described the feat as another milestone in the history of the institution and advised the inductees to take their profession seriously.

He said the MDCN was a statutory body established by law through the federal government, adding that their call to service was a call to humanity hence, they should be very compassionate in the discharge of their duties.

The registrar, however, thanked the Edo State government for its support toward the establishment of the university’s medical school, especially the approval of the Auchi General Hospital as the University’s Teaching Hospital which the council has accredited for housemanship for young doctors.

According to him, “This profession is like paramilitary with many dos and don’ts, the responsibility attached to it is more than the excitement you have today, we are dealing with human life, therefore, you must ensure that you do no harm to any individual.”

Prof Emmanuel Aluyor, the Vice Chancellor of the university, in his address, said the momentous occasion marks a significant milestone in the history of education in Nigeria.

While congratulating the inductees of the MBBS Class of 2022, the VC said their persistence, resilience, dedication, unwavering commitment to studies, the pursuit of knowledge, and determination to become medical professionals have enabled them to complete the rigorous programme in record time.

Prof. Aluyor also expressed his deepest appreciation to the parents and guardians for their unwavering support and confidence in the university, saying that their faith, constant encouragement and sacrifices for the institution have been instrumental to the success of the brilliant young minds.

According to him, none of these words would have been possible without the exceptional faculty members and trainers who have guided and mentored these students.

“Your passion for teaching, dedication to your craft, your unwavering commitment to excellence have molded these students into competent and compassionate medical professionals”.

Aluyor also expressed his appreciation to the state government for its visionary initiative to establish the university’s medical school and for its continued investment in state-of-the-art facilities.

“The government’s unwavering commitment to education and healthcare has paved the way for the seamless graduation of these students, the state-of-the-art facilities provided by the government have created an environment conducive for learning, research and innovation.

“The induction of the MBBS CLASS of 2022 reminds us of the immense impact these newly trained physicians will have on society, their expertise, compassion and commitment to healing will undoubtedly ameliorate health issues not only in Nigeria but also across the globe, ” he said.

The VC also commended the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria led by the Registrar, Dr. T. A. B. Sanusi for being a pillar of support, understanding and cooperation to ensure that the ceremony was successful.

In his lecture titled: “Evolution and Ethical Implications of the Physical Pledge as a Guide for Medical Practitioners” Dr. Uche Roland Ojinmah, President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), analysized the ethics, oath taking and implications of the medical profession.

He said the oath, code of medical ethics and resultant regulation of medical practice became a necessity in going forward.

According to him, the nexus between the physician’s oath and medical ethics could be conclusively said that ethics is numbered summation of the oath pledge while the medical oath is clearly the fundamental basis of medical ethics.

He said Hippocratic oath entails confidentiality, ethics and decency, appropriate referral, respect for human life, therapy and ethics.

The oath, he also said, started as moral documents with heavy religious learning segregation clauses and gender discrimination, adding that the oath had undergone modification based on landmarks events, changing social beliefs and practices to become a better standard.

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