There is jubilation in the air at the Anambra State University Teaching Hospital, Awka, as 50 medical students of the institution, who were admitted to study Medicine seven years ago, will write their second MB exams today.
The students were frustrated as the medical school was yet to be accredited by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, its regulatory body, when they were admitted.
The students will still write their third, fourth and fifth MBs before graduation.
A former Commissioner for Health Prof Amobi Ilika announced to reporters during an assessment of his performance in office.
''It was quite a pity that the students were at a time frustrated, but we are happy that they are writing their Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery second MB, which is the most critical and most definitive of examinations of the medical students.
''The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, which is the regulatory body for the medical schools, approved the first batch to be trained - 50 medical students and 24 house officers. And in this university teaching hospital, Governor Peter Obi approved employment of 65 specialists and 80 medical officers.
â€œWe have state-of-the-art equipment in these hospitals and our accreditation came faster than other states in the Southeast like the Enugu State University of Science and Technology had their accreditation in 11 years. We have accredited the General Hospital, Onitsha for training of home officers and this issue of out-of- stock syndrome is no more in our hospitals.
On the delay of the government in taking in patients at its dialysis centre at the Onitsha General Hospital, Ilika, said the issues that delayed the take-off have been resolved, adding that the MTN-sponsored project would start soon.
He said: ''The dialysis centre in Onitsha General Hospital, which the state government partnered with MTN, would soon start attending to patients. The delay was because of the strike by the doctors in Anambra State, which has been called off, when the Governor complied with the doctors' demand.
â€œWe wrote MTN last month on the need to start work on the centre and we are waiting for their reply."