Benue State government has promised to do all within its resources to assist the College of Health Sciences, Benue State University fully and efficiently discharge its mandate of training medical doctors and other health personnel to enhance the provision of medical care for the people.
Speaking at the College auditorium when the first set of doctors produced by the College were inducted into the medical profession, Governor Samuel Ortom who is the visitor to the University expressed satisfaction with the excellent learning environment and the quality of teaching available to the students.
Represented by his deputy, Engr. Benson Abounu, Governor Ortom said his government is committed to improving the health care delivery in the state, adding that the induction of the new doctors is a testament of its resolve to move the state forward.
He recounted the problems faced by the long non-graduation of the students when they should have done so due to the length of time taken to complete the teaching hospital as well as other lapses and explained that it was the determination to end the sufferings of the students some who have spent 10 years in the medical school that made his government to frontally address the problems inspite of its huge financial challenges.
The Vice-chancellor of the university, Prof. Msugh Moses Kembe was full of praise for the state government and its intervention that led to the induction of the doctors. He also thanked the students for their patience and role in overcoming the challenges.
While thanking the staff and the registrar of the Nigerian Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria for coming personally to attend and moderate the induction ceremony, Prof. Kembe called on the Council to increase the admission quota for medical students in the college to enable them fully utilize the available quality personnel, infrastructure and equipment.
Speaking earlier, the registrar called on the new doctors to tread softly, listen to elders in the profession and avoid anything that would drag their names and that of the institution in the mud.
27 students were inducted in a colourful ceremony watched by past vice-chancellors of the university, top government officials, members of the academic community and family members and friends of the graduands.