By Chioma Obinna & Oluchi Muogbo
The National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria Thursday called on the Federal Government to resuscitate doctorsâ€™ one year training abroad even as it disclosed that no fewer than 4,000 medical and dental specialists had been produced by the college since its inception.
The one year training abroad is aimed at exposing Senior Resident Doctors on medical advancement and other modern medical related issues.
Briefing journalists on the forthcoming 27th Annual Congress and Convocation ceremony of the college in Lagos,President of the College, Dr. Mike Olu Taiwo, suggested that these doctors be sent to South Africa or India due to the advancement of medical care in those countries currently.
Taiwo who lamented poor funding of the institutions said there was need for government to resume funding of the one year course abroad for this set of doctors.
He said in spite of the poor funding of the college, it had assisted in providing postgraduate training in the country.
According to him, â€œprior to the establishment of the college, all medical and dental postgraduate training was done abroad.â€
He said the college had set up travelling fellowship scheme to assist trainees and young fellows to attend conferences and undertake short period of attachment locally and abroad.
â€œAlso, we have created more examination centres in the six geopolitical zones in Benin, Calabar, Enugu, Jos, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Maiduguri and Owerri,â€ he said.
Announcing that the college Annual Congress and convocation would be holding next week, Taiwo also called on the Federal Government to extend VAMED projects to other hospitals across the country.
He lamented the poor state of the collegeâ€™s library that supposed to be a reference point for Nigerian medical doctors stating that there is urgent need to stock the library with the required medical books.
Continuing he said, â€œEven though we are rated as tertiary health institutions, we are not getting the same attention like other tertiary institutions.Â We produce those professionals that are teaching in those health institutions, still we are not being recognized.â€
We are not only suffering due to the location of the college but we are lacking social infrastructuresÂ like water, electricity amongst others. We spend so much money buying diesel. The College Museum is yet to be fully developed due to funds.â€
He disclosed that the institution will be giving awards of fellowships to successful candidates during the event that would feature thought-provoking lectures.