Osun State University (UNIOSUN) has recommenced its Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) programme.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Labode Popoola, said the move will enable the institution to demonstrate its relevance and play its role in the training of medical doctors for the state and the nation in general.
Popoola said the MBBS programme, which was introduced at the inception of UNIOSUN in 2007 with full accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in May, 2012, was suspended partly due to inability of the university to meet the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) accreditation requirements of providing a teaching hospital for student’s clinical training.
He expressed delight that with the commencement of construction of UNIOSUN’s Teaching Hospital, the Senate and Governing Council of the university have approved the process of re-accreditation of the programme.
Popoola said considering the importance of the programme, the university authority deemed it a challenge to proceed with the process of getting the programme back on track.
He said the foundation laying ceremony of the 250-bed Teaching Hospital of Osun State University, which was donated by the chancellor of the university, Dr. (Mrs) Folorunsho Alakija and her husband Mr. Modupe Alakija, indicated hope on the horizon for medical students of the university.
Speaking on the development, Alakija said the idea for the hospital was borne out of her love for children, mothers and humanity in general and for the advancement of medical education.
She noted that since the university has been given approval to recommence its medical school, she decided to donate a full-fledged ultra-modern teaching hospital as her contribution.
She commended the people of Osogbo for donating a 30-acre piece of land for Osun State University Teaching Hospital.