By Sade Adewale
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo in Ondo State, Prof Adesegun Fatusi has vowed to make the newly approved Faculty of Medical Rehabilitation of the institution the best in West Africa.
Fatusi made the vow while addressing the Senate of the institution after it approved the faculty recently.
The approval was in tandem with the university’s vision, which is to be a ‘one-stop institution for human resources development across all health and medical disciplines.
According to the don, the faculty will offer all courses that span the entire field and will address the huge deficit in human resources for quality medical rehabilitation in Nigeria and the West Africa subregion.
“In the over seven decades of the history of university education in Nigeria, it is troubling that less than a dozen universities offer any course in medical rehabilitation.
“And no university offers more than two courses in that field despite the huge and increasing need for medical rehabilitation services but UNIMED is out to change that scenario”, Prof Fatusi said.
The philosophy of the faculty according to him, is to produce university graduates of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Audiology, Speech Therapy, Prosthetics/Orthotic and other professionals in the field of rehabilitation who will satisfy the regional and national needs in these fields of health sciences.