Novena University Sets Record As Medicine Programme Accredited By MDCN At First Attempt

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Novena University, Ogume, Delta State has become one of the few universities across Nigeria to get medicine programme fully accredited in its first attempt by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).

The University medicine programme jointly run with Asaba Specialist Hospital was achieved through the commitment, drive, and resilience of Prof Ofili Charles, Provost of the College of Medical and Health Sciences, Novena University, and Dr. P. A. Ighosewe, Chief Medical Director, Asaba Specialist Hospital as well as the prompt intervention of Dr Joseph Onojaeme, the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Delta State.

The commissioner’s believed in the PPP policy of the Delta State Government and his matching order to the combined team of Asaba Specialist Hospital/Novena University to get the results without failing paved the way for this phenomenal success.

The pronouncement of this great achievement was made during the recent advisory and clinical accreditation visit to Novena University/Asaba Specialist Hospital by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.

This declaration was made by Dr. Nnaemeka Nwakamma, Director of Education, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, who led the team in representation of the Registrar of the Council, Dr Fatimah Kyari.

In a heartwarming speech, the leader of the team, Dr. Nnaemeka, speaking on behalf of the Registrar of the Council, commended the partnership of Novena University and the Delta State Government (Asaba Specialist Hospital), for the excellent performance in the accreditation exercise and verification of the university’s facilities, faculty, and overall preparedness to run the Novena University College of Medical and Health Sciences’ programmes.

According to him: “This success makes Novena University one of the few universities across Nigeria to get medicine accredited for it in the very first attempt.

“This success is phenomenal because this is an exercise that is professionally handled to ensure the seriousness and preparedness of the Novena/ASH team to produce medical doctors for the world.

“By this accreditation, graduates of Novena University will be acceptable all over the world to practice medicine upon meeting the internal requirements of each country.”

He further explained that the context of this success was based on non-compromising insistence of the Council that standards must be met at all costs. This, he added is the reason why Nigeria has continued to supply the world with qualified medical doctors.

He hereby congratulated Novena University for this milestone achievement while he concluded his speech with the proverbial expression that the management of the University and Asaba Specialist Hospital can begin to roll out and beat the drums of celebrations for a successful accreditation result.

This pronouncement was greeted with great relief and understandable joy by the combined team of management of Novena University and Asaba Specialist Hospital, who worked tirelessly and prayed for the positive outcome of the accreditation exercise.

Given the philosophy of excellence preached in Novena University and the frantic preparations that were put in place in readiness for the accreditation visit, the positive outcome of the exercise follows the natural order that “hard work pays.”

In his response, Vice-Chancellor of Novena University, Professor Godwin Nduka expressed his profound gratitude to MDCN, Dr. Nwakamma and members of his team who were drawn from universities and related professional bodies across Nigeria for their diligence and thoroughness in the performance of their responsibilities to the medical profession and the larger Nigerian society.

He had special commendations for Professor Ofili, Provost of the College of Medicine, Novena University; and Dr. P. A. Ighosewe, the CMD of Asaba Specialist Hospital, for their expertise, professionalism, and organisational abilities in guiding this winning team to the end of this success story.

He went on to salute the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of Novena University, Chuks Ochonogor for his foresight, patronage, and exceptional leadership qualities that have resulted in this epochal accreditation success for Novena University College of Medicine and Health Sciences.

He concluded his speech with thankfulness for His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Francis Oborevwori and his predecessor, Dr. Arthur Okowa, who as governor and a medical doctor himself, saw to it that this fruitful marriage between Novena University and the Delta State Government was contracted

The Vice Chancellor’s expression of joy was equalled, if not surpassed, by the ecstatic and pulsating feelings of excitement that pervaded the Novena University atmospheric space when news of the successful accreditation filtered onto the campus in the afternoon of April 25, 2024.

This was especially so for the medical students who were understandably concerned and anxious about the outcome of the accreditation, despite their deep sitted confidence in the capacity and capabilites of Novena University and their handlers.

Now, they can go about their dreams of qualifying as medical doctors with renewed vigour and redoubtable reassurance that they have chosen a university that will deliver their dreams of becoming medical doctors of international reputation in no distant time from now.