Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Kaduna Medical Students Protest Non-accreditation of the Medical College

Yesterday, medical students from Kaduna State University (KASU) were on the streets protesting the non-accreditation of the medical college. The students also marched to the government's state house to let the governor know their grievances.

This is not the first time the students are protesting; two months ago, the students embarked on a similar protest and were reassured by the Commissioners of Health and Education that all necessary facilities for accreditation by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) would be put in place within 3 weeks.

Sadly, these promises were not kept. A week ago, the students wrote the Governor on the need to avert a peaceful protest, which they promised would be continuous and unrepentant until they are accredited.

The students are also angry at a recent attempt by the state government to downplay the accreditation crisis. In a public announcement, the Kaduna State government said medical students were no longer an "emergency" since it had decided to send about 40 students to Uganda for the next six years.

Some students said, "it is a cruel and misguided attempt; because accrediting KASU will make for the graduation of over 200 doctors within just a 5 year period, yet the government chooses to lavish an even greater sum in training a meager 40 for 6 years."

I can't help but wonder, "when will things start working as they ought to?"

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