Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin (Unilorin), says the country’s healthcare is being challenged by COVID-19 pandemic.
Abdulkareem made the observation while speaking at the 36th Professional Initiation ceremony for the Batch B 2020 medical graduands of the College of Health Sciences, held at the institution on Monday.
According to him, at the height of the pandemic, the number of front-liners was not adequate to cope with the number of patients,
“Our nation’s healthcare delivery is seriously challenged with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
”The global health crisis overstretched our healthcare facilities and exposes the weak link in our delivery system.
”There are no standard intensive care units and even the few available are overwhelming.
In the midst of this, our people are apprehensive and fearful,” he said.
The don, however, commended government’s effort to bridge the gap with provision of Molecular Laboratories and oxygen plants across the country.
He noted that induction of the 28 doctors would change the dismal picture and increase the health manpower resources if the inductees remain to practice in Nigeria.
The vice-chancellor therefore urged the newly inducted medical doctors to avail Nigerians of their services for a while even if they have the intention of seeking greener pastures beyond the shores of the country.
He pointed out that the ultimate choice lies with the graduands while noting that many members of the university’s medical alumni are front liners in the U.S., UK, Saudi Arabia and other parts of Europe.
He urged the graduands to be good ambassadors of the country that has invested so much in them anywhere they found themselves.
Prof. Olanrewaju Adedoyin, the Provost, College of Health Sciences, Unilorin, urged the inductees to practice with dignity, integrity and honour, adding that a good name is better than silver and gold.
Adedoyin advised the graduands not to play God by keeping patients waiting unnecessarily but rather encourage their patients even when the situation looked gloomy and bleak.
He commended the university administration under the leadership of Abdulkareem for providing infrastructure that would enhance the training of medical practitioners such as construction of the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory and provision of the Institute of Medical Research and Training.
“You should have good work ethics of punctuality and promptness in attending to the sick.
“Do not keep patients waiting unnecessarily. They also have feelings and other things to do with their time. Let your attitude to them be the first therapy they will obtain.
“Avoid shouting, bullying or insulting patients no matter the provocation. Train yourself to be patient, warm and gentle with them,” Adedoyin advised.