Ondo East/West PDP Reps Candidate Felix Kehinde urges FG to invest in training of health workers
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives candidate for Ondo East/West Federal Constituency of Ondo state, Dr Felix Kehinde has stressed the need for government to invest heavily in the training of healthcare workers in Nigeria.
Dr. Kehinde spoke with journalists after the 2nd Emeritus Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe Distinguished Lecture held at the University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED), in Ondo city, Ondo State.
He reiterated the essence of world-class training and education to prepare Nigeria medical and health sciences students for quality healthcare delivery system.
According to him, government must continue to invest in the training of healthcare workers to ensure that the country meet up with global standard.
He also charged the government to equip medical schools with the right manpower and quality learning environment.
The UK-based Physician, philanthropist and politician gave credit to the former governor of Ondo state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, for establishing the first university of medical in Nigeria.
He equally eulogized Emeritus Prof. Akinkugbe for his vision for the university while serving as the institution’s Pro-Chancellor.
He also commended the Vice-Chancellor of UNIMED, Prof Adesegun Fatusi, for continuously breaking new grounds which according to him “the institution has witnessed tremendous transformation since Fatusi assumed office”.
Guest Speaker at the lecture, Prof. Olubunmi Olapade-Olaopa earlier delivered his lecture titled, the imperative of transforming health professions education in Nigeria.
He said part of the major challenges to transforming health professions education in Nigeria is growth without development, lack of poor quality early education and the impact of COVID 19, which has disrupted a lot of sectors including healthcare. He also suggested local solutions that will ensure most of the issues are resolved.
In his welcome address, Fatusi said the institution has maintained highest standard since inception some years ago and will continue to set new standard in medical education and training.