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Accreditation team visits UNIMED

By Sade Adewale,  Ondo
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The Vice-Chancellor, University of Medical Sciences, (UNIMED) Ondo, Prof. Friday Okonofua, has said that the State Government has done a lot to change the narrative in terms of maternal mortality rate starting with the establishment of the University and the Teaching Hospital.

He stated this during accreditation visit  of the West African College of Surgeons, (WACS) led by the Dean, Faculty of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, WACS, Prof. Joseph Seffah from Ghana to UNIMED Teaching Hospital.

Okonofua added that apart from the fact that both the university and the hospital have developed a very robust curriculum for both undergraduates and clinical teaching, he said the government is very purposeful and active in trying to address some of the maternal health indicators that confront us in West African region.

In his words:”you may be surprised to know that about 10 years ago, Ondo state had the worst rate of maternal mortality in the south-western region, but today the state has lowest maternal mortality rate in the country and indeed is the only state in the country that achieve the MDGs”, he added.

The Vice-Chancellor  assured the team of the University’s maximum support and cooperation in all ramifications.

Speaking earlier, the team leader, Prof. Joseph Seffah said that the aim of the visit is to give accreditation for Obstetrics and Gynaecology Residency programme in UNIMED Teaching Hospital, Ondo.

Seffah, commended the state government for what he has been doing in order to make Ondo State a cynosure of all eyes in health sector.

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Other members of the accreditation team are Prof. I. Ikechebelu from the Faculty of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, WACS, Prof. P.H. Daru from Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), Dr. K. Soretire from the Federal Medical Center Gusau, Zamfara state among others.

The Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, Dr. Lawal Olawale Oyeneyin, mni as well as the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, UNIMED Teaching Hospital Dr. Michael Gbala took the team on a tour of facilities as well as resource verification.

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