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Practice in Nigeria, don’t migrate, UNICAL VC urges new medical doctors


Vice-Chancellor, University of Calabar (UNICAL) Zana Akpagu has advised newly inducted doctors of the institution to practice here owing to a shortage of healthcare professionals in the country.

Akpagu gave the advice yesterday during the 50th Physicians Oath taking Ceremony at the institution’s International Conference Centre in Calabar. He said over the years there has been a mass migration of Nigerian doctors to other countries to practice and this has impacted negatively on the nation’s health care system. He charged them to see their induction as a call to service of humanity and respect the ethics of their profession and shun acts capable of endangering their future.

Akpagu who congratulated the doctors for scaling the hurdles in the course of their training also appreciated their parents for making sacrifices to ensure that their children become successful, even as he urged the doctors to reciprocate by taking good care of their parents. Provost of the College of Medical Sciences, Victor Ansa congratulated the inductees and urged them to embrace discipline and humility.

Registrar, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), Tajudeen Sanusi charged the new doctors to adhere strictly to the code of medical ethics. He also called for a robust synergy between the College of Medical Sciences, UNICAL, and the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) in the task of training doctors and other healthcare professionals.

Chief Medical Director of UCTH, Ikpeme Ikpeme said the training of doctors remains his topmost priority, even as he promised to join forces with its sister establishment in that regard. Represented by Ogbu Ngim, the CMD said he was happy to be part of the success stories and wished them well.

Cross River State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Agam Ayuk welcomed the inductees, urging them to uphold the code of ethics of the profession. The Sponsor lecturer, Eric Archibong, who spoke on, ‘’Transforming a Medical Student to a Medical Practitioner’, called on the new doctors to maintain confidentiality when dealing with patients.

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