By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoaâ€”Bayelsa State government-owned Niger Delta University (NDU), weekend commissioned its state-of- the-art clinical skills laboratory.
The laboratory is expected to improve the practical learning of both staff and students of the institution and others who may want to take advantage of the facility, the first of its kind in the country.
Speaking at the commissioning, Prof Uche Onwudiegwu, of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, said most medical school curricula in the country lacked instruction in professionalism, communication and interpersonal skills training, structured programme on medical ethics/medical jurisprudence, clinical decision making, clinical skills laboratory, among others.
He specifically singled out the newly established clinical skills laboratory, describing it as the first of its kind in the country and probably in sub-Sahara Africa.
According to him, â€œthis is no doubt a clear statement that the Niger Delta University is poised to offer a medical education that meets the prescription of the World Federation of Medical Education and is determined to produce doctors who are nationally relevant and at the same time globally competitive and marketable.