Edo State University Uzairue is partnering with Central Hospital, Auchi with over 20 specialist doctors from different fields.
This was disclosed Monday by the university’s Vice Chancellor, Engr. Prof. Emmanuel Aluyor at the flag off of 2nd free medical outreach organized by the Edo State University College of Medical Sciences in collaboration with the Central Hospital, Auchi for twelve communities in Edo State.
He said that the College of Medical Sciences in its four years of existence has achieved great feats in many areas, adding that the second free medical outreach of the College of Medical Sciences is part of the university’s Corporate Social Responsibility to give back to the society and communities in Edo State.
This includes free, quality and accessible medical health care and also to create awareness for the Central Hospital, Auchi as a teaching facility for Edo State University, Uzairue Medical College.
The VC further added that the university has a Teaching Hospital project that is nearing completion but due to the immediate need to meet up with training of medical students, the university entered into an agreement to use the Stella Obasanjo Hospital and Central Hospital as Teaching facilities until her Teaching Hospital is ready for use.
Prof. Aluyor further stated that the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria during the visit for accreditation has given approval to the Medical students who are in their 500 level to sit for the MBBS part 2 exams in the fields of Pharmacology and Pathology.
Haven observed the deficiencies, the Council advised that the university moved her medical students from Edo Special Hospital Benin City to Central Hospital Auchi on the ground that patients load at the Central Hospital Auchi can be improved and that investment could be made to improve the facilities at the hospital.
He said with the approval by the council, the university decided to embark on renovation of Histopathology Laboratory Complex and extension of mortuary as part of the requirements for the final accreditation and for effective teaching, learning of the students for their final exams; at the same time make available the doctors to attend to people in Edo North, thereby making the central a specialist hospital.
He said that the council would be visiting the university for final accreditation, hence, the upgrade of the Central Hospital is to overcome these two deficiencies; an emergency which will benefit the university in several dimension.
“Prior to this the decision to use the hospital, there were two specialist doctors but today, Edo State University have provided 22 additional specialist doctors. This is a need not only for the university but to ensure that medical access is closer to the people in Edo North.
“As we have noted, UBTH serves as a specialist for the people in Edo South while Irrua Specialist Hospital serve Edo Central and Edo North doesn’t have any, hence, there is great need for Central Hospital Auchi to be upgraded to also serve the people of the area thereby reducing the risk of traveling to Irrua for treatment.”
The Vice Chancellor while thanking the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, for the continuous support to the university, used the opportunity to solicit government’s speedy completion of the ongoing Teaching Hospital project in the university.
Appreciating the Chancellor of the University, Dr. Makanjuola, Etsako Club 81 and Dako Foundation for their support towards the free medical outreach, called on all sons and daughters of Edo North to help create awareness for the Central Hospital Auchi, and to complement the university’s efforts by contributing toward the upgrade of the Central Hospital Auchi.
Welcoming guests at the occasion, the Provost College of Medical Sciences, Prof. Sylvester Idogun, said that health they say is wealth saying if one is healthy that is the only condition he can go about other activities.
“Education is very important because if you educate a nation, community, you have set the community on the path of progress, Edo State University is educating the people and also delivery healthcare services to the people.”
Speaking to newsmen, founder Dako Foundation for Rural Health Care and Education, Dr. Dako Mamudu, said that the launching of the Free Medical Outreach will bring in over a hundred experts in healthcare delivery which will have a positive impact in the health of the people especially in Edo North.
According to him, the target is good healthcare to the people -primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare delivery. He advised the people to collaborate with the foundation by contributing physically, financially, mentally and otherwise.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Mrs Imoisili Udoka, expressed gratitude regarding the partnership with the Edo State University, Uzairue.
She described it as a golden opportunity that would not be missed. She, however, expressed optimism that some of the challenges facing the hospital that need to be upgraded will be attended to in no distant time.