Medicine: Achievers University To Commit N10bn To Its Teaching Hospital Project



Towards sustaining its newly approved medicine and surgery (MBBS) programme, Achievers University says it will commit one billion naira for the next 10 years to its teaching hospital project.

The Chairman of Council and Pro Chancellor of the University, Dr Bode Ayorinde made the pledge on Monday while inaugurating the Joint Implementation and Monitoring Committee of New Health Sciences Programmes, of which MBBS is one of them.

The teaching hospital is one of the key facilities needed to run the MBBS programme in every University.

Ayorinde, who said the University is set to commence its medicine programme after securing NUC approval, disclosed that the land for the construction of a teaching hospital is already in place.

“The Council is committed to working with the Management of St Louis hospital towards improvement of its facilities to become a teaching hospital of note. Achievers University Teaching Hospital is also in the pipeline. The 10 hectares of land directly Opposite the University main gate is our property, we have equally acquired 8 acres of land behind Owo High School, with a possibility of having our Teaching Hospital on a walking distance from the FMC. Also, we are currently having a progressive discussion with the Ajasin Family to acquire 5 acres of their land directly Opposite the FMC to create a synergy for efficient utilisation of human and material resources of the two institutions for both training of students and rendering quality services to humanity.

“The Council, under my leadership, is committed to investing a minimum of N1 billion per annum in her Teaching Hospital for 10 years with effect from 2025,” Ayorinde said.

The Pro Chancellor added that the University is inaugurating the implementation committee in order to guide against challenges that are often faced in running a medical programme.

According to him, the six year duration for running a medical programme will be six years at Achievers University, adding that the medical students will graduate as and when due.

“The Committee we are inaugurating today is to be in place for some time, to midwife the Colleges safety, work with the Management of the University to establish a cordial relationship with the professional regulatory bodies, secure competent staff, drive confidence into the heart and minds of our students, ensure quality delivery of lectures and clinical training, and to graduate the students as and when due. The tenure of the Committee members will be one year in the first instance but subject to renewal on an annual basis,” he said.

Reacting, Chairman of the Implementation Committee, Prof. Christopher Alebiosu described the step taken by the University as important towards the sustainability of the MBBS programme.

Also speaking, the Olowo of Owo, Oba Gbadegesin Ogunye, admitted that he was elated when he got knowledge of the fact that Achievers University had been given the nod to commence medicine.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Omolola Irinoye emphasized the need for collaborative efforts by all stakeholders in order to achieve the goal of the founder of the University.

On 1st November, 2023, the National Universities Commission (NUC) approved the commencement of some critical Health Sciences Programmes for the University. The programmed are; MBBS – Medicine and Surgery; Pharm.D. Doctor of Pharmacy; DPT. Doctor of Physiotherapy and B.Sc. Health Information Management.

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