The maiden National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Nigerian Medical Students’ Association (NiMSA) was held in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, last weekend. The association chose the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, as its grand patron. EDDY UWOGHIREN (400-Level Medicine and Surgery, University of Benin) reports.
The Nigerian Medical Students Association (NIMSA) has chosen the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, as its grand patron.
Members of the association, which is the umbrella body of medical students in the country, unanimously picked the monarch during the maiden meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) held last weekend in Ogbomoso, Oyo State.
Despite the short notice, members turned out for the event held at D’Kitts Hotel. The meeting was attended by executive members of the association, chapter presidents and general secretaries.
The event started with a lecture by Mr F.A. Ogunmola, an official of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) with the theme: Safety on the highway. According to him, prevention of road accident should not be seen as the duty of FRSC alone. He said people must partner with the body and observe the road rules to reduce rate of accidents.
Ogunmola identified lackadaisical attitude, alcohol, visual impairment and disobedience to traffic rules as primary causes of accident. He said many road users have psychotic problem, which, he said, endangered other road users. He advised people to always check the condition of their vehicles before embarking on journey.
He urged the medical students to take the campaign to their various campuses and advise their colleagues to partner with FRSC as volunteers for emergency response.
Ogunmola said: “As medical students, we know you organise medical outreaches. We plead with you to increase the tempo and embark on advocacy that will change people’s behaviour on the road. The society is looking up to you as the future of the health sector. We urge you to spend your holidays with the FRSC to help in emergency response duty. Currently, we only have Red Cross and other volunteers, who have no background in medical knowledge.”
The following day, the medical students held a congress, which was presided over by the NiMSA national president, Haruna Musa. The discussion was centred on issues affecting the wellbeing of the association, healthcare and students’ welfare.
At the end of the congress, the students issued a communique, which listed their demand from the government. They called for establishment of Counseling Unit in all medical schools by Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) to offer free counseling to students. The students also agreed to improve the relationship between NiMSA and other religious bodies.
The highpoint was the selection of Oba Ogunwusi as the grand patron of the association. After the congress, the chapter presidents took out time to give report of happenings in their domains. They passed a vote of confidence on Haruna, applauding his leadership style.
The medical students visited the palace of Soun of Ogbomoso on excursion to end the three-day event.
By: Eddy Uwoghiren
The Nation News