It will no longer be business as usual for the various teaching hospitals and training institutions in the country as the newly appointed President of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, NPMCN, has vowed to deal decisively with training institutions that fail to comply with accreditation standards. Reading the riot act during his investiture, the College President, Prof, Ademola Olaitan said strict monitoring of personnel and facilities employed in achieving accreditations by teaching hospitals and training institutions would be undertaken periodically to maintain standards. Olaitan who said his vision would be guided by principles of excellent, high quality training, examinations and research, promotion of openness, accountability and proper ethical values said he would target improvement in the quality and standards of all aspects of pre-examination. He said the idea of a postgraduate medical college in Nigeria was to save the huge sums expended on overseas training on other developmental projects in the country. “It is our hope that these trainees will learn and better understand diseases that are prevalent in our environment. The idea of these great men has seen the training of over 5,000 fellows.
“Over a $1 billion in foreign exchange has been saved the nation by the college. The large proportion of Nigerians through services rendered by the college Associate Fellows while training were also saved from unnecessary deaths and the agonies of morbidities. “Government and employers were saved the losses of man –hour because of easy access to specialist medical care provided by our associate fellows while training.” Lamenting that the huge sums saved the government has not impacted on the development of the College, he said attempts would be made by his team to seek ways and avenues to adequately inform and genuinely educate government on the need to plough back a reasonable part of the saved funds to the College for improvement of training infrastructures, educational facilities among others. On digitalisation of the college, Olaitan said promised that all processes, procedures and transaction of the College will henceforth be computerised and every aspect of the college examinations will be compute-based. In his keynote address, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire disclosed said Nigeria loses over N1 billion to medical tourism said the government would no longer fold it hands and watch Nigerians go through such difficult situation. “We want to see a situation where Nigeria becomes a tourism destination for all. We need to improve our human resource, management and governance. “Medical tourism is like a slap on the faces of Nigerians and the loss of confidence in the entire health system has to be recovered.”
By Chioma Obinna (Vanguard News)