The University of Benin (UNIBEN) inducted her newly qualified medical doctors and dental surgeons last Wednesday with an advice to them to shun unethical behaviours and be guided by the rules of the medical profession.
The induction ceremony, which was held at the Akin Deko Main Auditorium of the institution saw 90 medical doctors and 14 dental surgeons swearing to the Hippocratic oath.
The vice chancellor of the university, Professor Faraday Orumwense, commended them for successfully completing their trainings, while calling on them to show compassion when attending to their patients. He added that the university has successfully discharged her duties by training them to the present level.
Professor Moses Mommoh, Dean of Medicine, also commended the new doctors for finishing the medical training, adding that they must be guided by the ethics of the profession, else, the law will catch up with them. He further charged them to seek ways of improving the health sector rather than compounding the loads of issues currently bedevilling the sector.
Mommoh used the occasion to commend Professor Orumwense for his developmental strides in the medical college, while also appreciating the lecturers and doctors that trained the new graduands. He further pleaded with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) to consider an upgrade of the current admission quota of UNIBEN Medical School.
“Every year, we watch thousands of qualified candidates refused admission because of our current carrying capacity. We just pick the best from the thousands who are qualified. Our Medical School happens to be the most subscribed in Nigeria because of the policy of merit as a consideration for admission, which was instituted by the former vice chancellor, Professor Osayuki Oshodin. We will be glad if the quota is increased so we can accommodate more students, considering the fact that we have the facilities on ground and we are building more,” Mommoh said.
The highlight of the event was the swearing to the Hippocratic oath and signing of the induction register.
Hafiz Shaka was rewarded as the best graduating student in Surgery in the Part five Professional Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) Examinations. He was rewarded with a laptop and 1,000 Pounds.
Speaking at the end of the event, Hafiz said hard work and divine favour saw him through. He encouraged the younger colleagues to be studious and cling to God, adding that they should endeavour to build a solid foundation while in preclinical school; as it was one of the ways of succeeding during the clinical phase.
By: Eddy Uwoghiren
(400-Level, Medicine and Surgery, University of Benin)