ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Health, Vincent Okpala has commended the West African College of Physicians’ accreditation team for their routine checks and evaluation of the training facilities for pediatric students.
Dr Okpala made the commendation while receiving the team who were in the state to accredit Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH) in his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka.
The West African College of Physicians’ team is saddled with the responsibility of accrediting medical education of pediatrics programmes in West Africa.
Pediatrics is the branch of medicine that involves the medical care of infants, children and adolescents.
“Pediatrics as an important discipline in medicine is one of the bedrocks of healthcare delivery.
“If we get it right, then it will ensure that the leaders of tomorrow are going to do a great job we are training them for and we are happy that you are here.
“Heading the ship of affairs in COOUTH is a personality that has actually sat in the helm of affairs in the state, Dr Joe Akabuike, a former commissioner for health now Chief Medical Director (CMD).
“He has been involved in this process in the past and it is great that he is the one also heading the helm of affairs at our flagship hospital at this point,” he said.
The commissioner explained that the state government committed resources to the hospital with the objective of securing the ongoing accreditation.
“We have worked hard to make sure that we don’t fail in this and failure is not usually in our dictionary and we are not going to start it now.
“Our hope is that this is going to be a great event; the exercise hopefully will come out in flying colours.
“Personally, the state is passionate about pediatrics, about care in that area and my background is pediatrics emergency medicine so it is something we are committed to,” the commissioner noted.
Dr Okpala urged the team not to relent in notifying the ministry in the areas of improvement while carrying out their duties, assuring them that the state would gladly accept their findings in order to improve.
The CMD, COOUTH, Dr Joe Akabuike informed the commissioner that the team was in the state to accredit the hospital’s pediatrics unit and he must be aware of their presence in the state.
Leader of the team, Prof. Ifeoma Anochie said that they were to assess the quality of the medical education programme, as well as the competence of the hospital with regard to the training of pediatric students.
Prof. Anochie noted that the exercise was aimed at ensuring the safety of patients and competence of paediatricians practicing in West Africa with the objective of eliminating quacks.
She thanked the commissioner for the warm reception accorded them, urging him to remain focused.
In attendance during the visit include permanent secretary, Mr Linus Nwankwo, Dr Emmanuel Azubuike and members of the accreditation team from West African College of Physicians.