The Chief Medical Director of the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital (UNIMEDTH), Dr Oluwole Ige, has announced plans to make loans available for medical students who experience financial difficulties in paying their school fees. He made this known while peaking at a luncheon to celebrate the successful completion of medical training and examination of the pioneer medical students of the University of Medical Sciences.
Dr Ige said, “The institution conceived the study loan facility for the final year medical students of the University of Medical Sciences and the UNIMEDTH. Both institutions designed and formalized student loan bond scheme for final year graduating medical students having challenges or difficulties with the payment of their tuition fees at the stage of writing their final year medical professional examinations to make their dreams become reality.”
He also explained how the scheme came about, “The students loan bond scheme was initiated by the teaching hospital management in such a way to eliminate financial barriers which might exclude any final year medical students with outstanding fees not to graduate as a medical doctor.”
The facility will be structured in such a way that any student that benefits from the scheme shall be encouraged to do his or her one-year horsemanship, a post-graduation supervised clinical training program with UNIMED Teaching Hospital. While in the course of the house job, the value of the outstanding fee shall be deducted in piecemeal from the monthly allowance granted those in training.
Dr Ige promised to make the welfare of the new medical practitioners a priority, stating that the teaching hospital’s mandate is to produce qualified and disciplined graduate nurses, physiotherapists, medical laboratory scientists, among others. He also highlighted the institution’s success in training medical consultants in several fields of medicine and surgery, and providing a platform for the training of health personnel for other universities.
“The institution has also successfully trained medical consultants in several fields of medicine and surgery. The teaching hospital has also provided platform for training of health personnel for FUTA Medical School, Achievers University, Elizade University and JABU,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor of UNIMED, Professor Adesegun Fatusi, also spoke at the event, urging the students to take advantage of the opportunities provided for them in the teaching hospital to train as specialists and become better medical practitioners and human beings.
He said, “I want to charge our students on the need to be excellent representatives of the university and to keep learning in order to further develop their selves and hone their skills. Take advantage of the opportunities provided for you in the teaching hospital to train as specialists and become better medical practitioners and human beings.”
The availability of student loans for medical students is a great initiative by UNIMEDTH and the University of Medical Sciences. This will enable students who face financial difficulties to complete their studies and become qualified medical doctors. The loan bond scheme will also ensure that students who benefit from the scheme will be encouraged to complete their post-graduation supervised clinical training program with UNIMED Teaching Hospital. This will help to increase the number of qualified medical practitioners and improve the overall healthcare system in the country.
In conclusion, the student loan bond scheme by UNIMEDTH and the University of Medical Sciences is a great step towards making medical education more accessible to students who face financial difficulties. It is a laudable initiative that will go a long way in producing more qualified medical practitioners and improving the healthcare system in the country.