The Vice-Chancellor, Abia State University, Distinguished Professor Onyemachi M. Ogbulu, has diclosed that the University Governing Council and Management are leaving no stone unturned at ensuring prompt recovery of the loss of accreditation by Medical Programme (Medicine & Surgery) recently de-accredited by NUC.
How Abia University lost Medicine and Surgery Accreditation
The withdrawal of accreditation for the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at Abia State University by the National Universities Commission (NUC) has been blamed on the near-state of inactivity of its teaching hospital, occasioned by its deplorable state and poor welfare condition of workers.
The College of Medicine was established in the 1988/89 academic session with Akpuaka, F.C., a Professor of Plastic Surgery as the first provost. In November 1994, the Medical and Dental Council conducted the first inspection of the clinical facilities in the Teaching Hospital Complex of the college, and following a second visitation by the body in March 1996, the entire college was granted full accreditation as a Medical Training Institution in May 1996
The Nigeria Medical Association NMA, Abia State chapter, blamed the loss of accreditation on the state government, describing the situation as a sad development.
Chairman of NMA in the state, Dr. Chimezie Okwuonu, said the situation posed grave danger to the health sector of the state.
“It was really devastating news that the Medical School in ABSU has lost its Nigerian University Commission (NUC) accreditation. What this means is that the school will no longer admit new students to study Medicine and Surgery in that Citadel of Learning,” he said in a statement.
He stressed that while the medical body does not have the detailed report of the loss of accreditation, it may not be unrelated to the non-functional state of the Teaching Hospital.
“The teaching hospital is the training environment for the Clinical Medical Students and forms part of the teaching facilities. The NUC ensures teaching facilities are adequate for the number of medical students admitted. These facilities include lecture rooms, laboratories, museums, teaching aides, teaching hospitals etc. The NUC also looks into the staff distribution and qualifications.
“With challenges affecting service delivery in the teaching hospital, it is not surprising that NUC accreditation was withdrawn, although other factors might also be responsible,” he said.
He added that the teaching hospital has been plagued by interrupted operations due to agitations and industrial actions by the workers over irregular payment of salaries.