By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, UNIMED, Prof. Adesegun Fatusi, has hinted that the institution is intensifying efforts to kick-start the Faculty of Pharmacy as well as PhD programmes.
Fatusi gave the hint when he played host to the Ondo State House of Assembly Committee on Tertiary Institutions in his office.
The don said that the University has the highest Medical Science Courses in Nigeria by opening up fifteen new courses that never existed in other schools.
He noted that the institution was keen to lead the scientific pathway in areas of operation and continue to be the best-specialized school in Nigeria and beyond.
Speaking on some of the achievements of UNIMED, Fatusi said the institution, which is not up to nine years old, has made a lot of progress, including running 43 courses with another 14 coming up.
He said that the university has established new campuses, faculties, and programs and ensured that all courses offered in the university are accredited.
He, however, sought the support of the House in funding the institution for more infrastructural development as well as reviewing the law that established the institution, emphasizing that the school is capital intensive.
Speaking on brain drain in the health sector, Fatusi bemoaned family influence and the lack of needed attention to the sector.
Responding, the Chairman of the Committee, Chris Ayebusiwa, who led other members on the visit, applauded the level of development at the institution, assuring legislative support to ensure UNIMED remains the best. The Committee noted that the State government placed a high premium on the school, hence the need to intensify efforts to maintain the standard.
“We are happy for the positive results; the school has made the State proud. We urge the Management not to relent but continue to work as a team to further move the institution forward,” Ayebusiwa stated.
Members who advocated for medical personnel to stay in the country that produced them advised institutions to inculcate this in the students while in school.