The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has restated the commitment of the University administration to making the College of Health Sciences a centre of excellence in learning.

Prof. Ambali stated this last Thursday (September 5, 2013) at the 29th professional initiation ceremony for the second batch of the 2013 medical graduands of the University where 100 new medical doctors took the Hippocratic Oath.

Speaking through the Provost of the College of Health Sciences, Prof. A. B. O. Omotoso, the Vice-Chancellor noted that the administration has demonstrated its commitment to the growth of the College through physical and financial investment.

Prof. Ambali disclosed that the new Clinical skill laboratory at the College, which would soon be put to use, would be fully equipped to be the first of its kind in the country. He also disclosed that the ultra modern Medical Library and College Auditorium would be completed shortly
Congratulating the medical graduands and their parents, the Vice-Chancellor called on the new medical doctors to be worthy ambassadors of the University.

In his address entitled “Medicus Dignitas,” the Provost, College of Health Sciences, Prof. Omotoso, told the graduands that it is commendable to be certified as a medical doctor and more praiseworthy to affirm the oath.

Prof. Omotoso then urged the new medical doctors to “preserve life, promote health”, stressing that “to do this without exception is the insignia of integrity in Medicine and that is the dignity of the doctor and the nobility for which he is fondly revered.”

The Provost said, “Nobility denotes influence, not just affluence. It celebrates posterity over self-prosperity.

The medical profession has been described as noble. When you affirm the oath this day, you will have been proudly initiated into a profession of nobility. For this reason, the name chosen by you is apt: Medicus dignitas, the honour and dignity of the physician, envisioned in the caption Professionalism with Worthy Value. It behoves the doctor, therefore, to be guided by the principles of Medical Ethics, placing the patient’s welfare as a professional priority. For sound character is irreplaceable, priceless as precious pearls, rare and refreshing as oases.”

Prof. Omotoso added, “You are taking the Oath in the presence of witnesses, affirming your social responsibility and commitment to serving society within the confines of rightfulness. Your training in medical school may have come to a successful terminal point, but medical education is a continuous process. Learn on the job, be hands-on; up and doing.”

The 100 graduands later took their Hippocratic Oath, which was administered by the Registrar of the Medical and Dental Council Council of Nigeria, who was represented by the Director, Medical Services, Kwara State Ministry of Health, Dr. Isaac. O. Oludipe.

Before administering the Oath, the Registrar advised the medical graduands to take documentation seriously and remember to always seek patient’s consent in the discharge of their duties.

The University has produced a total of 3,781 medical doctors since 1983 when its College of Health Sciences turned out its first set of medical graduates.

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