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Ondo medical varsity takes off Nov, says VC

THE Ondo State University of Medical Sciences will begin full academic activities next month, the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Friday Okonofua, said on Monday.

The VC said the National University Commission had granted UNIMED operational licence since April 2015 and that the new medical university had recruited competent academic and non-academic staff to ensure a smooth take-off.

Okonofua spoke while welcoming members of the Ondo State House of Assembly’ Commiitee on Education, who paid a visit to the university in Ondo town.

“We have also begun the process for admitting the first set of students into the university later this month, with the hope that full academic activities will begin in November 2015,” the VC told the visiting lawmakers.

He said the university would offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in all relevant medical sciences courses, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, physiotherapy and biomedical engineering.

He added, “We also hope to establish a multi-disciplinary biomedical research institute that would be second to none in this country in conducting applied research for solving the numerous health challenges in this country.

“The centre will, for example, conduct research into the local treatments for various medical ailments and extract the active principles from our local medicinal plants, and produce drugs that would be effective in treating various diseases.

“We also hope to be able to expand the Gani Fawehinmi Diagnostic Centre at the Medical Village to an international diagnostic and research centre that would be used for diagnosis and research throughout the West

African region. When the university becomes fully operational, it would become a high-flying centre for essential medical research and treatment. Thereafter, there would be no need for our people to travel abroad for diagnosis and treatment, since such methods and forms of medical care will be available here in Ondo State.”

He thanked the Ondo legislature for its cooperation towards the realisation of the dream conceptualised by Governor Olusegun Mimiko to turn the state to a haven of medical solutions in the country.

Okonofua said the management of UNIMED had commenced the process of developing a massive multi-stakeholder funding strategy for the university, but that “the state must lead the way in this effort.”

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