The President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Professor Francis Faduyile, in company with other national and state officials of the association, has paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, as part of the activities lined up for the NMA’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting which held at Osogbo, for the very first time since the creation of the state.
While receiving the delegation in his office, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, disclosed that the University is in the process of overhauling not only the medical curricular, but also the curricular of the entire programmes being run in the University, adding that the necessity to do this was foisted on the University administration by the dynamics of the present-day jobs.
He told the NMA President that the University, in line with the vision of its founding-fathers, is committed to producing an all-round graduate who rather than be an employee, would be an employer, adding that this effort does not exclude students in the University’s medical college.
The Vice-Chancellor implored the NMA-boss to work-out a plan that will bring all medical professionals together in order to solve problems confronting the profession. He continued that brain drain in the profession is assuming an alarming trend nowadays, when local needs are far from being adequately met.
Pledging his complete loyalty to the NMA, Professor Ogunbodede wished the association a successful deliberation and stay in the State of Osun, saying that the state’s chapter under the leadership of Professor Edward Komolafe has all that it takes to lead the pack as a vibrant branch.
Earlier, the NMA President, Professor Francis Faduyile had congratulated the Vice-Chancellor on his appointment, noting that the association is very delighted to have one of its own as the leader of a reputable and renowned school like OAU.
The NMA President while lamenting the absence of a council that statutorily should regulate Medical and Dental Practice in Nigeria, urged Professor Ogunbodede to use his goodwill and connection to help facilitate the setting-up of the council as this will help in combating quackery and bad practices in the profession.
Citing the Indian experience, Professor Faduyile called on government to set up a bank that will grant loans and other credit facilities to medical professionals who want to establish hospitals or acquire state-of-the-art equipment, with moderate interest and flexible repayment plans, asserting that it is only through this that medical tourism can be tackled adequately.
The NMA President berated government for the failure and ineffectiveness of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), pointing out that enrolment into the scheme is abysmally poor. He stated that this will continue as long as government keeps paying hip-service to quality health care delivery.
The NMA delegation had the General Secretary, Dr. Olumuyiwa Odusote; the Deputy General Secretary, Dr. Benjamin Umezurike; the Editor of the Nigerian Medical Journal (NMJ), Professor Augustine Umoh; Administrative Head, NMA, Akpa Emeka; Osun NMA Chairman, Professor Edward Komolafe; former Chairman, Professor Ajala Adebayo; Dr. Surajudeen Ogunyemi and Dr. Tokunbo Olajumoke; the General Secretary Osun NMA, Dr. Taofeek Akinniyi; and the President of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), OAUTHC, Dr. Babaniji Omosule.
The delegation was accompanied by the Provost and Deputy Provost of the College of Health Sciences, Professors Kayode Ijadunola and Ayo Salako respectively.