The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ganiyu Olatunji Olatunde has urged the graduating set of doctors produced by Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences, Olabisi Onabanjo University to be good ambassadors of the College and the University wherever they found themselves career wise.
He made this exhortation during the Induction ceremony of the 24th graduating set of doctors that were inducted on Tuesday, 7th November, 2017. Represented by the University Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mrs. Ebunoluwa Oduwole, the Vice-Chancellor advised the graduands to always read their Hippocratic Oath in order for them not to derail from the ethics of their profession.
She added that in their advancement in the medical world, they should always bring themselves to the level of their patients in order to empathize with them. She stressed that doctors ought to respect the independence of their patients. She told the audience that information at the Vice-Chancellor’s disposal revealed that the University graduates in medical profession were doing very well in their calling hence the graduands should work hard to be part of the positive recognition.
She congratulated the graduands and their parents for their perseverance while in school which made them qualified for the Induction. She further urged the graduands to reciprocate the University gestures by giving back to the University when they had successfully midwifed themselves to success and greater heights in future.
Speaking on the same vein, the Guest Speaker of the ceremony, Dr. Olusegun Akintola Adeboye said that the world was expected to be filled with competent doctors to attend to the gory of maternal death, and other related monumental health challenges. Dr. Adeboye advised the new set of doctors to uphold the 7Cs of care, concern, compassion, conscience, commitment, confidence and competence in their professional calling as they attend to the wellness and wellbeing of the people.
He added that the graduands must desire more knowledge for professional growth and crave for best practices in their day to day attendance to patients. Dr. Adeboye insisted that a doctor should “keep learning, be resourceful, resilient and reflective at all times”. He further stressed that they should have a game plan for their professional advancement before marriage and parenting weigh them down. He also advised them to “build up a peer Group Network” by checking on old classmates and colleagues as they chart their paths and roadmap to progress without neglecting their international exposure.
Delivering the Visitor’s address, the Hon. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tunde Ipaye disclosed that the government of His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, FCA, CON had been partnering with all stakeholders in the health sector and the Federal Ministry of Health to review the curriculum of medical education in the higher institutions to make it conform with Leadership and Training.
He advised the graduands to understand themselves and their professional calling. He urged them to be socially aware of innovations in the medical world which emphasized more diagnostic medicine than clinical. He added that they should always think out of the box to advance their profession. Above all, he urged them to adhere to the principles of productivity, integrity, professionalism and focus on their skills during their medical practice.
In his own speech, the Registrar, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), Dr. T. A. Sanusi urged the University management to upgrade the College into three faculties so as to boost the production of quality doctors that would know their onions.
He highlighted ethical issues as one of the major challenges of doctors practising in hospitals across the nation.
Dr. Sanusi later called for the centralization of the Internship Programme in the country and disclosed that efforts were ongoing by the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole and other stakeholders to ensure that the bill on this was passed by the National Assembly. The Registrar admonished the graduands not to tarnish their reputation by deliberately or inadvertently violating the medial ethics in the course of discharging their duties. He added that the Council would not hesitate to punish any violator of its ethics under the guise of ignorance, therefore, urging them to always pay back In kind to their Alma mata which had produced them as doctors.
The Chief Medical Director of OOU Teaching Hospital, Professor Alfred Jayesinmi represented by Dr. Lamina promised that the Hospital was set to actualize palliative medical care as work were in progress to achieve this. He urged the graduands to always take good care of their health to enable them perform optimally in their assignments.
The ceremony was climaxed with presentation of the inductees to the congregation; presentation of prizes to the best graduating student who happened to be Dr. Odeyemi, Joseph Olufemi who received five prizes to the amazement of the audience.