Calabar — The Chief Medical Officer of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Dr Thomas Agan, has confirmed that the training and courses run by the hospital for medical students and postgraduate doctors have now been accredited by both the West African Post Graduate Medical Colleges and the Nigerian counterpart, Post Graduate Medical College.
Speaking to journalists on the state of the teaching hospital weekend, Dr Agan said both colleges returned to the hospital this year at different times to assess both the hospital and the quality of the research and training and confirmed that the experts from these colleges endorsed the contents and teaching of Family Medicine and Surgery including other courses as rich enough.
He said that as a result of the accreditation from these colleges, the hospital has now become 'centre of attraction' for medical students and post graduate doctors within and outside Nigeria.
"The burden on our hands therefore is to see how we can sustain the current tempo and attraction so that the colleges when they return again to further assess our hospital we still remain on top. The current management is doing everything possible to further enrich the quality of teaching and research in all aspects of medicine", he said.
The medical boss said the federal government has helped to turn around the hospital so that brain drain is no longer an issue but "We now have avalanche of medical experts, including professors clamouring to come to the hospital. We have enough hands at UCTH."
Agan confirmed that the hospital has recently been supplied with the dialysis machine for managing kidney problems, thought to affect millions of Nigerians. "There is no reason for people in the state or environs to be travelling elsewhere for the treatment of kidney failure as we now have the kidney dialysis machine in the UCTH".
The hospital is also expected to completely move to its permanent site by March 2013.