National Postgraduates Medical College Of Nigeria (NPMCN), will at its 33rd graduation ceremony confer an honourary Fellowship Award on the Governor of Ondo State, Dr.OlusegunMimiko .
The president of NPMCN, Prof.RahseedArogundade disclosed this while briefing news men recently on activities lined up for the college’s 2015 convocation ceremony slated for Thursday 17th September 2015 at the college’s premise .
According to him, Dr.Mimiko is being honoured for his monumental achievements in the health sector in the state
The NPMCN president said that Dr.Mimiko has done wonderful well in the state’s health sector and the body was pleased with his achievements and landmark health delivery in the state.
Prof.Arogundade said that at this year’s convocation the institution would be graduating pioneers set of Diploma in the faculty of family medicine.
According to him, over the year the college has been holding annual convocation for fellowship as full certified specialists that are appointable as consultants, and recently the body decided to introduce Diploma programme in the family medicine and Anesthesia.
He said the need for the diploma in family medicine was predicted on the fact that it was almost impossible to get all doctors desirous of further training to enroll into formal residency training programme for specialist status. “It therefore became imperative for the college to design other programme ,such as the diploma in family medicine to meet the real need of the general medical practitioners, who are the first line of medical contacts with Nigerian population “he said.
He said that with the introduction of diploma in family medicine, no doubt it would improve the level and quality of health care delivery in the country.
The don also said that during the year’s convocation, 341 fellowships would be given certificates in 15 faculties of colleges of medicines across the nation’s teaching hospitals.
He further disclosed that after this year’s convocation, the college would have produced 5,046 fellows since its inception 33 years ago.
According to Arogundade, the college has reasonably done well over years by producing competently qualified specialist doctors for the nation’s health care delivery.
He said prior to the establishment of the college, Nigerians were training specialist doctors abroad and the financial burden were enormous.
According to him, the college has saved for the country billions of naira by training such specialist doctors in Nigeria.
“Our college is therefore the only Nigeria institution saddled with the responsibility of producing specialist for the country and these specialists are also the lecturers in the college/faculties of medicines and dentistry in our universities” he added.
He appealed to the federal government and well meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of the college to enable it provide more quality services to the citizenry, stressing that only two blocks out of the four blocks in the original plan of the first phase of the college have been completed.
The NPMCN president also appealed to the government to assist it to develop its centre in Abuja, saying that it was disheartening that the college does not have any building in Abuja.
He expressed hope that the authority of federal capital territory would help the college to secure land for the project.