The Abia State University Medical School has lost its Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) Accreditation.
The NUC took down the institution’s accreditation due to some meagreness they discovered.
The Teaching hospital is the training environment for Clinical Medical Students and forms part of the teaching facilities.
The NMA Chairman in Abia State, Dr Chimezie Okwuonu, in his words;
“It is devastating news that the Medical School in ABSU has lost its Nigerian University Commission accreditation.
“What this means is that the school will no longer admit new students to study Medicine and Surgery in that citadel of learning,” the body said.
“It may not be unrelated to the non-functional state of the Teaching Hospital, the Abia State University Teaching Hospital Aba, a teaching facility for medical students.
“For a considerable period, the teaching hospital, ABSUTH, has been plagued by interrupted operations due to agitations and industrial actions by the workers over irregular payment of salaries.
“Currently, as of the end of April 2022, the staff in the ABSUTH are owed 25 months’ salary arrears.
“The Resident Medical Doctors have been on a cumulative 18 months strike; other health workers are also on strike while a few of the doctors, mainly the consultants, medical officers, and locum staff, though not officially on strike, are largely not working, as the work environment is not in order.”
Furthermore, he explained that the labour unions have tried to resolve this but failed.
“The NMA at both state and national levels, over the last 18 months, has met with the state governor for a record five times.
“The National President of the NMA, Prof. Ujah, visited the Abia state governor in November 2021 and hinted at the cumulated salary arrears of the workers and its impact on the morale of workers and training.
He said several government agencies had been visited and discussed this issue, with promises made in all these instances but not actualized.
“If only the government and its agencies had listened and collaborated with the NMA and other unions, and the needful done, this loss of accreditation would have been avoided.”
He suggested that the teaching hospital be fully functional to avoid losing the accreditation of Nigeria’s Medical and Dental Council, which usually follows.
“If we lose it, clinical training will stop, and the students will be trapped in between,”
He said, calling for a bulk payment of salary out of the 25 months salary owed, regular monthly salary subvention, and a committed approach to solving some management and training issues in the teaching hospital, among others.
With continued commitment and determination, ABSU Medical School will continue shaping future professionals and positively contributing to Nigeria’s education system and society.
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