KASU Medical Students Stage Peaceful Demonstration Again – Demand Accreditation

After several failed promises, the medical students of the Kaduna State University (KASU) have taken their grievances to the streets again over the delay in accreditation of the facilities for their clinical studies by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN). The medical students who marched to the Kashim Ibrahim House, the Kaduna State Government House today, were seen carrying placards aimed at registering their dismay and disappointment to the governor after several promises by the state government to address the lingering problem.

The lack of accreditation has dented the ambitions of these young men and women and the implication is that the most senior class are still being stranded in 300Level after spending five year in the university, and at the moment the department has six sets of students spread across only 3 classes all in pre-clinical due to the lingering accreditation problem.

To add to the woes of the students, the Kaduna State government has recently announced its intention to sponsor a select 30 female students from across the state for medical studies in Uganda declaring that the medical students are no longer an emergency, an act condemn by many since the accreditation will create more doctors within a shorter time span.

It will be recalled that after a similar protest on 9th September both the Commissioners of Health and Education assured the students that all facilities will be put in place within 3 weeks and that MDCN will be invited to come and inspect the facilities and possibly give accreditation to allow the students continue with their studies.

After waiting in vain, the students last week (Monday) again wrote the Executive Governor warning him of an imminent protest which they promised will be sustained until their needs are met but the governor gave a deaf ear to that.

It is, however, worthy of note that the Faculty earlier this year secured accreditation by NUC but the students cannot still proceed to the clinical part of their studies until that of MDCN is obtained which is of course much more difficult owing to the high demands by the MDCN as it is the official regulatory body for medical education in Nigeria.

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