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Specialised Medical Universities Must Bridge Performance Gaps in Healthcare Delivery – Emeritus Professor

….as Federal University of Health Sciences, Ila-orangun matriculates 673 students 
A Professor Emeritus, Adewale Akinsola has tasked specialised medical universities to bridge the performance gaps in Nigeria’s healthcare delivery.
He said the specialised medical university should remodel personnel and train them to be integrates into local Community for healthcare delivery.
Prof. Akinsola stated these while delivering a matriculation lecture on “leverage on the emergence of specialized Medical Universities” at the Federal University of Health Sciences, Ila-orangun, in Osun State.
He said the new trend of setting up specialised medical universities was conceivably a critical strategy to confront the serious and formidable challenges in the health care delivery .
He said that there was a frequent attrition of the personnel through the famous “JAPA syndrome”.
”In the last one or two years, over 2000 health professionals, including doctors/nurses/physiotherapist and laboratory scientists have been affected.
”We should harness the potentials of the specialised medical university to build a resilient, responsive and effective health community, with good health indices, contributing to the socio-economic well-being of the nation”, he said.
In his address, the Vice Chancellor, Prof Akeem Olawale Lasisi, said the university’s academic performance and achievements recorded in terms of development and provision of facilities within the period of two years has placed the it on a global map.
The VC said, the university would continuously challenge the students to ensure they can compete with their peers globally in the fields of research and healthcare delivery.
He, however, urged the matriculating students to be diligent in their studies to justify the labour of their parents.
He said: “I must especially felicitate with the female students who constituted the majority this year. The admitted female students are 429 and this accounts for 63.7% of the total 673.
“This is a confirmation that our University has keyed, from the onset, into the era of the advocacy for girl-child education and female leadership.
“To all the matriculating students, I urge you to be diligent in your studies to justify the labour of your parents. I also urge you to work hard to achieve your set goals in life; be sure that the world is waiting for your critical input to improve science and humanity.”
“Let me take this opportunity to emphasise that, as a University, we place a high premium on character, and I, therefore, urge you to eschew all forms of vices and negativity as our University has zero tolerance for any form of misconduct.”
The event, where a total of 673 students were matriculated for the 2023/2024 academic session, also featured the installation of Sheu of Dikwa, Alhaji Ibrahim Ibn Umar Elkanemi as the Chancellor of the University.
Congratulating the Chancellor, Prof. Lasisi said “I want to commend the effort of the Federal Government under the leadership of His Excellency, President and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for appointing the First Chancellor for the Federal University of Health Sciences, la-Orangun.
“This appointment came at the right time because my administration requires the pedigree, strength, and support of Your Royal Majesty as the First Chancellor to move our great citadel of learning to intemational prominence.
“I congratulate you, sir, for being the choice of the Visitor, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and I wish your Royal Majesty a meritorious tenure as you contribute to the development of the
nation’s tertiary education” Prof. Lasisi stated.
Speaking, the Chancellor of the University, Alhaji Ibrahim Umar El-Kanemi urged the matriculating students to embrace every opportunity that comes their way, enjoining them to seize the moment , dare to dream big and never underestimate the power their potential.
“Remember, success as is not just measured by grades or accolades. It’s about the person you become a long way-the resilience you build in the face of challenges, the empathy you show towards others; and the passion you bring to everything you do”, he said.
The Chancellor appreciated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for appointing him as the Chancellor of the university, describing his appointment as a great honor.


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