24th September, 2010
Former Vice-chancellor of the Lagos State University, LASU, Professor Folabi Olumide, has advised the Federal Government to evolve a new curriculum for medical students in the country.
He gave this advice while stressing that the world was fast changing in the medical field and only students who are attuned to the changes could excel in the profession.
Prof. Olumide, in â€˜The Development of Surgery: Ancient And Modern, And Still To Comeâ€™, faculty lecture he delivered at the state University College of Medicine recently, advised that â€œthere has to be changes in teaching hospitals and their designs.
â€œWe have moved with distance and we canâ€™t isolate ourselves. There should be changes in hospital and surgery techniques.â€
The former vice-chancellor who said he helped in the establishment of some faculties and departments in the tertiary institution, also solicited for the continuation of the Primary Healthcare Programme (PHC) adding that this time, it should be made vigorous just as he advocated for an improved tertiary health care.
Prof. Olumide maintained that if the country would succeed in its effort to ensure good health for its citizens, medical practitioners must be made to undergo constant trainings. â€œIf the staff are not trained, then we might be missing the target.
In his lecture, he lamented that Nigeriaâ€™s medical research centre was not as functional as those in other countries adding that this was part of the challenges facing advancement in the profession in the country.
He however praised the Lagos state government for its development of health programmes for the benefit of the people.