114 medical doctors graduated from University of Ilorin, UNILORIN, on August 30, 2014. School management urged them to uphold the ethics of the profession and continue to be good ambassadors of the university.
Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali, who was represented at the ceremony by the Provost, College of Health Sciences, Professor Ayotunde Omotosho, lamented that the poor state of economy had made quality healthcare delivery system unaffordable by the citizens.
According to him, “a well-trained doctor can only do so much for the patient whose kidneys have shut down, requiring renal replacement therapy that is largely unaffordable.
“In Africa’s most populous nation, about 100 million people live on less than a dollar a day. As mentioned, many factors culminate into the health of citizens, underscoring the need for inter-sectoral collaboration.
“Poverty and ignorance affect access to and maximisation of available health care services, bad roads prevent quick access to the hospital and lack of power may cause otherwise avoidable delays with surgical procedures.”
He also noted that the university had constantly emphasised the role of medical education in equipping the present generation of doctors for today’s health needs.
To the graduands, he said: “Your teachers have worked tirelessly instilling in you the invaluable training that we now celebrate. Surely, capacity building through continued medical education for health professionals is imperative.”
He also urged the government to enact laws on health care, adding that the budgetary allocation should reflect a high priority on the health of the populace.