Newly inducted Doctors of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) have been advised against migrating to other countries in order for them to contribute their quota to the development of the nation’s health sector.
The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Zana Akpagu gave the advice at the institution’s International Conference Centre during the 50th Physicians Oath taking Ceremony (Sponsio Academica).
Prof. Akpagu, who was Chairman of the occasion, stressed that there was need for the new doctors to practice their profession in their fatherland owing to the dearth of doctors and other Healthcare professionals in the country.
He recalled that over the years there have been mass migration of Nigerian doctors to other countries in search of greener pastures, a situation, he said has impacted negatively on the nation’s health care system.
According to him, though the new doctors may desire to travel abroad for further medical training, they owe Nigerians a duty to cater for their health needs.
While urging them to see their induction as a call to service of humanity, he charged them to respect the ethics of their profession and shun acts capable of jeopardizing their future.
Prof. Akpagu, who congratulated the doctors for scaling the hurdles in the course of their training, also appreciated their parents for making sacrifices to ensure that their children become successful, even as heurged the doctors to reciprocate by taking good care of their parents.
Also speaking, the Provost of the College of Medical Sciences, UNICAL, Prof. Victor Ansa congratulated the inductees for what he called “the great feat” and urged them to be good ambassadors of their alma mater.
He called on them to embrace discipline and humility and charged them to learn from their seniors in the medical profession. He also thanked the Vice Chancellor for the massive support for the college, stressing that the standard he has created has contributed immensely to the achievements recorded by thecollege especially in the area of training of doctors.
Friday Nwagbara, Calaber
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