The Vice Chancellor, Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano (YUMSUK), Prof. Mukhtar Atiku-Kurawa, has restated the institution’s commitment to producing qualified medical doctors.
Atiku-Kurawa stated this when the Kano State House of Assembly Standing Committees on Higher Education and Health visited the institution on Friday in Kano.The YUMSUK Head of Information, Publications, Protocol and Public Relations, Abdullahi Abba-Hassan, disclosed in a statement.
Abba-Hassan said the VC urged the assembly to look at the possibility of renaming the Muhammad Abdullahi Wase to Yusuf Maitama Sule University Teaching Hospital.
He explained that would enable the institution to source intervention for its development.
According to him, the donor agencies required the hospital to carry name of the university as requirement for their intervention.
He further said that the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) had also recommended the renaming the hospital to make it suitable for sound MBBS programme.
The University, with the support of the state government, he said, was working tirelessly to ensure that the hospital fulfilled all the requirements for the teaching hospital status.
He further noted that the MBBS students would soon start their clinical services.
In their remarks, the Chairman, Higher Education Committee and that of Health, Ali Shanono and Nuhu Abdullahi, said they met with the University’s management in respect of Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital Bill.They said that the bill was for conversion of the Hospital to YUMSUK Teaching Hospital.
The Committee Chairmen, therefore pledged support of the Kano State House of Assembly to enable the university to get a befitting teaching hospital.
They commended the Vice-Chancellor for the remarkable developments recorded in the University.
“We are happy with the zeal and commitment of the Vice-Chancellor in attracting developments to the University,” they said.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Friday in Ilorin launched
the delivery of medical equipment to 12 health facilities across the country tagged “Tertiary Health Institution
Hospital Equipment Intervention.”
The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is’haq Oloyede, in his remark at the presentation of the equipment at University of Ilorin
Teaching Hospital (UITH), said the board facilitated the delivery of medical equipment to carefully selected health
facilities across the six geopolitical zones of the country.
He added that the intervention was to support government’s efforts aimed at addressing the huge medical infrastructure gap.
He said the COVID-19 pandemic provided the much-needed impetus for countries around the globe to do the needful
by breaking barriers and tapping into available opportunities.
He explained that “for us in Nigeria, the pandemic served as a wake-up call that opened our consciousness to the need
for adequately equipped public health institutions to complement our highly acknowledged skilled force of medical personnel.
“It is in pursuit of this noble goal that JAMB, in its wisdom, decided to enter into partnership with a grant agency in the United
States of America to equip 12 tertiary health institutions in Nigeria.
“This is premised on our fervent belief that we could address the deficits in this particular sector of our nation if every segment
of the society contributes its quota, no matter how little, to confronting the lack in the critical areas of our society
such as health, food and education.”
He recalled that the partnership with Project-Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment (C.U.R.E) started in 2019 when
a delegation from the board travelled to the U.S. to explore the possibility of establishing another foreign prometric centre
for its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) as is the case in about 10 other countries.
He noted that Project C.U.R.E supplied free medical equipment to needy facilities across the globe and that all that is required
of the recipient health facilities is to provide logistics to convey the equipment from Project C.U.R.E warehouse to their locations
anywhere in the world.
He said “JAMB, therefore, decided to key into this opportunity as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility and to boost the
capacity of the health sector.
“The board quickly arranged a meeting with the donor agency in the U.S. and made necessary arrangements. The encouraging report
of the delegation propelled JAMB to pursue the project.”
Oloyede said that JAMB paid shipping cost of 247,500 dollars for a “door-to-door” port transportation of the equipment from the
Project C.U.R.E distribution centre to our port in Nigeria.
“The board also paid the port agents and local transportation of about N25 million.”
He commended the Federal Government in its efforts to assist the board in transportation costs and taking delivery of the medical equipment
and the approval to increase the grant to ₦750 million with effect from 2023.
Dr Emmanuel Ndukwe, the JAMB Chairman, commended the novel ideas of Oloyede in facilitating the equipment to Nigerian tertiary hospitals.
He advised the beneficiary hospitals to make judicious use of the equipment, while also commending Project C.U.R.E for the humanitarian gesture.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of UITH, Prof. Yusuf Dasilva, commended the board for donating the state of the art
He added that the equipment would go a long way to assist the hospital to provide necessary services to the people.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the selected hospitals to benefit from the equipment include University of Maiduguri
Teaching Hospital in Borno, Federal Medical Centre Azare in Bauchi State, Yusuf Maitama Sule University Teaching Hospital in Kano State.
Some others are Federal Medical Centre, Gusau, Zamfara State, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Kwara State, University of Medical Sciences,
Otukpo, Benue, and University of Nigeria Nsukka Teaching Hospital, Nsukka.
The National Universities Commission (NUC), has granted full accreditation on 12 undergraduate academic programmes offered by the Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano (YUMSUK).This is contained in a statement by the institution’s Head of Information, Publication, Protocol and Public Relations, Mr Abdullahi Abba-Hassan, on Wednesday in Kano.Abba-Hassan said that the approval of the programmes would last for five years, according to the result of the exercise conveyed to the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mukhtar Atiku-Kurawa.He said that the result was signed by the NUC Director of Accreditation, Dr Maryam Sali, for Executive Secretary of the commission.Abba-Hassan said the result showed that “12 academic programmes that received full accreditation status are, Arabic Studies, English Language, Islamic Religious Studies, as well as, History and International Studies in the Faculty of Humanities.“At Faculty of Education, the programmes that obtained full accreditation are, Education Arabic Studies, Education History, Education Biology, Education Chemistry, Education Physics and Education Geography.”It added that, “Economics and Geography in the Faculty of Social and Management Science also scored full accreditation.”Abba-Hassan, however, said the “Hausa Language scored interim accreditation status, which is valid for two years, after which the programme will be revisited”.The Officer recalled that the exercise was carried out by panels from the NUC in 2021.Commenting on the development, Abba-Hassan reported Prof. Atiku-Kurawa, as reaffirming his commitment in moving the institution to greater height. (