Prof Nimi Briggs, a renowned obstetrician and gynaecologist, who delivered the keynote address, called on state governments to stop paying lip service to healthcare delivery.
According to him, it behoves on them to know that healthcare delivery is part of their primary responsibilities.
Briggs, who noted that the training of doctors in Nigeria was expensive, added that losing them to countries with more medical doctors because of the favourable condition was an indictment on the part of the country’s leadership.
He said that some progress had been made in the health sector and that the country’s maternal mortality rate had dropped significantly.
Dr Lilly Tariah, the President of the college, said that 2019 marked the 50th year that the college undertook the training of specialists in clinical medicine.
He said at the time of independence, the number of specialist doctors in the country was few, adding that they were all trained abroad because there were only two universities in Nigeria.
According to him, for the country to be truly independent in healthcare, it needs to take charge of not only the production of medical doctors but also, those that will train the doctors in the medical school.
“We are today celebrating the young specialists who believed they could start the training of Nigerians in Nigeria in 1969,” he said.
Dr Emmanuel Akabe, the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa, in his goodwill message, described the 50 years of existence of the college as exciting, saying that 27 years ago, he was a student of the college.
Akabe said that the journey was tough as a medical doctor at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, as he had to take night buses, adding however that as a politician, the thinking was now different.
While urging medical doctors to join politics, Akabe said: “although people say politics is a dirty game, if we keep saying it is dirty, it will continue to be dirty; more and more of us should join politics and make good impacts.”