Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), on Monday, inducted the second set of 21 medical doctors, who graduated from the College of Medicine, Kaduna State University (KASU).
The MDCN Registrar, Dr. Tajudeen Sanusi, said at the induction and oath-taking ceremony of the new medical doctors in Kaduna, that the training prepared them for academic and professional duties.
Sanusi explained that the training of medical doctors was long and vigorous to ensure that people were safe in the hands of whoever the MDCN pronounced as medical doctors.
He urged the doctors to be professional, ethical, and disciplined in the discharge of their duties by providing quality health services to society.
The Provost of the college, Prof. Abdullahi Abba, explained that KASU established the College of Medicine in 2008, to provide a number of medical doctors needed to improve healthcare delivery in the state.
Abba said the first set of 50 doctors graduated in December 2020 and we’re doing very well in their various places of houseman ship, a one-year further training to perfect their medical skills.
He added that the oath-taking was to initiate the newly qualified doctors into the medical profession and to affirm their willingness to abide by the code of conduct of the profession.
The Vice-Chancellor, KASU, Prof. Muhammad Tanko, said that the college was able to graduate two sets of medical doctors between 2020 and 2021 because of the overwhelming support of Gov. Nasir El-Rufai administration.
Tanko, who was represented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics, Prof. Abdullahi Ashafa, urged the doctors to uphold the ethics of the profession and be good ambassadors of KASU.
The Guest Lecturer, Prof. Abdulmumini Rafindadi, explained that ethics involved an acceptable code of behavior by members of a profession applicable to all its members.
Rafindadi, in a paper entitled, “The Ethical Burden of Medical Practice in Nigeria”, said that a physician must always act in the best interest of his or her patient.
“A doctor is responsible for whatever he or she does in the course of professional practice, as such; he or she must take steps to be up-to-date professionally.
“He or she must know and exemplify the core values of medicine: compassion, competence, and autonomy, and must recognize all laws governing the profession, to ensure a successful and fulfilling career.”
The Commissioner of Health, Dr. Amina Mohammed-Baloni, said that service to humanity was a huge responsibility that should be discharged with all sense of responsibility.
Mohammed-Baloni said the state government would do everything possible to employ the doctors in the service of the state.
Also, the Commissioner for Education, Dr. Shehu Muhammad, said the ministry would continue to strengthen the delivery of quality education in the state
Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Yusuf Sale, the commissioner added that the government was already expanding access to medical courses through its multi-campus policy.
The Class Representative, Dr. Habibu Aminu, said that the journey was rough and challenging, but they triumphed due to the overwhelming supports of the state government, MDCN, KASU, lecturers, parents, and other well-wishers.
Dr. Maryam Adamu emerged as the best graduating student and received eight out of the 16 prizes presented, while Dr. Monday Francis emerged second best with three awards.
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