Medical college urges FG to prioritise research

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Dayo Ojerinde

The National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria has urged the Federal Government to prioritise health-related research in the country.

 The president of the college, Dr Musa Muhammed Borodo, said this during the College’s 38th convocation.

 He explained that 656 persons begged several of the College’s awards and fellowships during the convocation held virtually.

 According to Borodo, research would impact the country’s health sector positively.

 He said, “The College has continued to engage the Federal Ministry of Health in refining the National Priority Health Research Agenda to enable College key into this through the many research projects its residents undertake annually that would impact positively in addressing National health problems.

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“In the same vein, the Education Trust Fund is urged to provide funding for national priority research projects being undertaken by residents of the College.”

 The college president also emphasised the importance of regulating residency training in the country and urged the federal government to ensure proper budgetary provision.

Borodo said, “In 2020, College as a regulator of the residency training Act in Nigeria through the support of the National Assembly and Federal Ministry of Health has succeeded in ensuring reasonable national budgetary provision for training of residents against 2021.

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 “I appeal to the government to keep faith with its budgetary commitment for residency training as well as provide College funds to do its regulatory work more effectively.

 “Government is further urged to improve the employment opportunities and working environment of the graduated fellows in the country so as to discourage further brain drain that is steadily depleting the national of its critical well-trained health manpower.”

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