Head of State Department of Family medicine at the State
Specialist Hospital, Akure, Dr. Elihu Medunoye has expressed optimism on the approval of the department to train medical doctors in family medicine in the next accreditation exercise.
Dr. Medunoye made the assertion recently in an interview with our correspondent in Akure.
According to him, the hospital has sufficient qualified hands and adequate facilities which are up to the required standard to train doctors in this specialty.
He noted the high level of commitment of the present
administration in the state, maintaining that the sector has never received such attention from any of the previous governments.
He said: “We all know that the present state government has invested a lot in the health sector and has greatly improved health care services and delivery to our people.
“Hence, the need to maintain and sustain the tempo in the sector so that it doesn’t collapse again after the Mimiko led administration but rather, let it wax strong and become a legacy. This is why we need to train specialists in family medicine,” he posited.
Dr. Medunoye described family medicine as a medical specialty that renders continuous, comprehensive and coordinated healthcare for individuals and families.
He added that the specialty was of first contact with the patient, with an emphasis of providing comprehensive physical, psychological and social care for the patient and his family.
The doctor further stressed the need for the department to train in family medicine, saying the doctor in this field can cover for any specialist in case they are deficient to meet the healthcare need of the people.
He pointed out that the training would not require payment of
additional salaries, as it was meant for doctors already within
the service of the state.
“We would train doctors who are already in our state specialists hospitals. We would start from Akure where we have all we need on ground and it won’t require payment of additional salaries to them.”
“However, we could offer doctors from mission hospitals in the state or from private organisations who want their doctors
trained in family medicine. But in this case, they have to pay and the money generated would be used to fund further training.”
He therefore, appealed to the state government to partner with the department to meet all the necessary requirements so that the approval could scale through when the accreditation team comes.

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