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Bayelsa Medical University holds maiden matriculation with 208 students

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The Bayelsa Medical University (BMU) on Wednesday matriculated a total of 208 students in its maiden matriculation ceremony held at the institution’s auditorium.

The Vice-chancellor of the school, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, said at the occasion in Yenagoa that the institution began with eight faculties including faculty of Basic Medical Science.

Others are: faculty of Basic Science, Basic Clinical Services, Allied Health Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering/Technology.

He said that the university established by the Bayelsa government in 2018 as the second medical university in the country, got the National Universities Commission’s (NUC) approval to run the eight programmes.

The Vice-chancellor called on the regulatory body to also grant full accreditation to other medical courses in the University, such as Medicine and Surgery, Nursing among others.

“The establishment of this university by Gov. Seriake Dickson-led administration was to address the dearth in medical field among the people of Bayelsa.

“The facilities here will enhance effective learning and research for the students of Bayelsa medical university and enable the state to provide quality health care to the people.

“The team of NUC has already visited the facilities in the school to enable the University to get other programmes such as Medicine and Surgery.

“Others are Nursing, medical laboratory science, human anatomy, human physiology, physiotherapy, radiography, pharmacology, biomedical engineering and the rest.

“I urge the students to shun cultism, truancy and examination malpractice,” he said.

In his remark, governor Dickson said he constructed the school in order to ensure that the people of Bayelsa were exposed to best training in medical sciences.

He urged the incoming administration in the state to sustain the vision for the good of the state and to address the medical needs of the people.

“To the students, I urge you to be focused in the pursuance of your dream. The sky will not only be your limit as you progress in your academic pursuit.

“This is a dream come true. This is a step towards maximising the state’s investments,” Dickson said.

Edited by: Bola Akingbehin/Donald Ugwu

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