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Medical College wants FG to improve employment opportunities of Fellows

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The National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN) has called on the Federal Government to improve the employment opportunities, as well as the working environment of graduated fellows in the country.

The College’s President, Dr. Musa Muhammed Borodo, made the appeal during the pre-convocation press briefing held at the college’s boardroom on Tuesday.

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Doing so, Borodo said, will further discourage brain drain in the health sector and help the nation benefit from the wealth of knowledge of health workers.

He urged the government to invest massively in the college, considering the importance of quality medical education in the overall well being of the nation.

He said: “I want to appeal to the government to keep faith with its budgetary commitment for residency training as well as provide the college funds to do its regulatory work more effectively.

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“Government is further urged to improve the employment opportunities and working environment of the graduated fellows in the country, so as to discourage further brain drain that is steadily depleting the nation of its critical well-trained manpower.”

Borodo said this year’s convocation, being 38th in the series and scheduled for Thursday, January 28, 2021, will be by a hybrid physical and virtual methods, owing to the new normal dictated by the coronavirus pandemic.

He said at the occasion, three fellows will be conferred with the distinguished fellowship award; 13 with Fellows of the faculty of Emergency Medicine; 430, Fellows By examination from 15 faculties of the college; 191, Foundation Postgraduate Medical MD awardees by publication; and 22 Diplomats in Anaesthesia by examination, making it a total of 656 persons to be recognised.

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Borodo said over the years, the college has produced over 6, 000 medical consultant specialists for the country, serving in many key hospitals, university colleges of medicine and research institutes in Nigeria and abroad.

“By this, the college has saved Nigeria billions of dollars that would have been spent in postgraduate training of these personnel were this to be undertaken abroad,” the college president added.

While expressing condolence to the world and the country in particular for the suffering endured and loss of life occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic since it started, he pointed out that the Fellows and Associates have been diligent and committed in their fight against the pandemic.

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Listing some of the measures taken to further strengthen academic excellence in the college, Borodo, announced that the Senate of the college had last year approved an anti-plagiarism policy to ensure international best practices.

He stated that the college has also continued to have regular meetings with sister postgraduate medical colleges in the ECOWAS region, as part of its collaboration in furthering postgraduate medical education in the region.

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