22 medical graduands of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, COOUTH, Anambra State, and report the milestone recorded by the Prof Fidelis Okafor’s administration as Vice Chancellor.
It was jubilation at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital (COOUTH) Awka, Anambra State, when the institution had its 2nd set of medical doctors inducted by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. The ceremony took place penultimate Month, October, 2016, at the College of Medicine Auditorium, Amaku, Awka.
Former Governor Peter Obi brought the University down from Uli to Igbariam in the heart of Anambra State and built it from scratch before locating the Teaching Hospital at the premises of former General Hospital, Amaku, Awka. He saved the first set of medical students that stayed 13 years from being frustrated. He built mind boggling structures for the Teaching Hospital.
The Chairman of the ceremony was the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Fidelis Okafor.
The VC, in his address, advised the young doctors to be good ambassadors of the university wherever they found themselves and also advised them to be present during the forthcoming convocation to collect their certificates.
The occasion was graced by high dignitaries including the Registrar of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, represented by Dr. Obiegwu, retired Permanent Secretary of Anambra State Ministry of Health. Others include former Minister of Health, Dr. Tim Menakaya as well as Dr. Chief Dozie Ikedife, pioneer Chairman of COOUTH Management Board and former leader of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo.
The Provost of the College, Prof. Frank Akpuka, who actually groomed the young doctors; Prof. Amobi Ilika, former Commissioner for Health; the Dean of Clinical Medicine, Prof. P.U Nze and the Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr. Emma Nnubia, Chief Medical Director of the hospital , Dr Lawrence Ikeakor were also in attendance.
The ceremony had its guest lecturer as Dr. Uche Achebe, former Medical Director of the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu.
A total number of 22 doctors took their oath, including Dr. Adaora Nnubia, daughter of the university’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Emma Nnubia.
Speaking to newsmen after the induction ceremony, Dr. Adaora Nnubia and Dr. Stellamaris Chinwuba, who bagged many laurels at the ceremony, praised God for making their graduation possible; also thanking their parents and colleagues as well as their tutors for their positive influences.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital , Dr Lawrence Ikeakor in his remarks enumerated their feats in making the hospital conducive for the medical students and the efforts of government and organizations as well as the Vice Chancellor Prof Okafor in making the Teaching Hospital great.
Dr Ikeakor urged the medical doctors as ambassadors not to disappoint on the expectation of showing the light in the society at all times and all seasons.
The Vice Chancellor, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Prof. Fidelis Okafor, in his remark, commended the state government for recording another milestone in the health sector through the erection of a building for an Oxygen Gas Plant at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital in Awka.
The Vice Chancellor commended the initiative, stressing that by the gesture, the state has once again demonstrated its uniqueness as the light of the nation.
He applauded Governor Willie Obiano for his focused leadership, which, he said, has placed the state on the map of leading states in the federation, and expressed hope that the Gas Plant would be completed in record time to improve the health sector.
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