Wednesday, 19 October 2016

10 Best Graduating Students of COOU College of Medicine Gain Automatic Employment

Okechukwu Onuegbu

Not fewer than ten best graduating students of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU) College of Medicine, Igbariam (Awka campus) have been offered automatic employment by the institution, the Provost, Professor Francis Akpuaka has said.

According to Akpuaka, who disclosed this during the induction ceremony of the graduands at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Amaku, added that the 10 students would be accommodated housemanship in the institution.

He expressed joy over the performance of the students, which he attributed to the collaborative efforts of the university’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Fidelis Okafor and his management team, the lecturers, parents, beneficiaries and the Anambra State government, through Governor Willie Obiano, which has made it possible for the institution to be enlisted among the 29th fully accredited medical schools in the country, even as he urged students to reciprocate the kind gesture through studiousness.

Also speaking, a guest lecturer, Dr. Uche Achebe, who is a brother to Prof Chinua Achebe, charged the inductees to regard patients at all times, as well as maintains their integrity while practicing the profession.

Dr. Achebe, however, regretted that some people after spending 6 years studying medicine at university abandoned it to other endeavour such as political appointments, company secretary, bankers among others.

Earlier speaking, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Fidelis Okafor who double as chairman of the occasion thanked the management of the COOUTH for producing what he termed quality students to positively shape the country and the world, even as he insisted that the institution has achieved great feat by inducting her maiden medical students in the medical profession.

In a goodwill message, the Chief Medical Director of COOUTH, Dr. Lawrence Ikeakor attributed the success of the students to Governor Obiano’s adequate infrastructural provisions for suitable learning, and motivational packages to the members of the staff.

While receiving various awards and prizes, including Dr. Dozie Ikedife leadership award/prize, Archbishop Okeke award/prize, etc, the best graduating students, Dr. Stellamaris Chinweuba, who recalled that they were 56 admitted into the college but only 24 graduated, earmarked that passed through rigorous training in order to be refined and qualified as medical doctor.

Highpoint of the occasion was the oath of induction led by Professor Odumegwu, reception of Certificate by Nigerian Medical Association and the presence of the high profiled personalities, which include former Minister of Health, Dr. Tim Menakaya; Secretary-General NMA, Dr. Okoye, among others.



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