The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has advocated the redesigning and rehabilitation of medical school infrastructure in the country.
Fashola said this while delivering a lecture, titled, ‘Medical Education in Nigeria: The Challenges of Infrastructural Decay,’ at the seventh Felix Oladejo Dosekun Memorial Lecture at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos on Thursday.
The minister said the redesign and would help to deliver good health care in Nigeria.
Fashola, who was the guest lecturer, said, “We need to ask ourselves on how we can replace and expand the decayed health infrastructures in the medical schools. No matter the quality of infrastructure, if people do not use it properly it will not last.
He said, “Our focus is to redesign medical schools to improve our public and preventive health, especially epidemiology area because of the outbreak of infectious disease or viruses. We should have a different approach about how to prevent or slow down the decay or depreciation of health infrastructure.
“Federal Ministry of Works has been intervening in the road network leading to tertiary institutions in Nigeria. Also, we are rehabilitating some of the federal secretariats at the zones, ministries departments and agencies. We should know that infrastructure decays; it is a reality we must deal with. Therefore, it is not a challenge but the essence of our existence.”
The former Lagos State Governor urged the alumni of the college of medicine to contribute to the maintenance of medical school infrastructure.
The Provost of the College, Prof. Adewale Oke, said the college had made great strides in the pursuit of excellence in medical education and biomedical research to sustain the late Dosekun’s legacy.
Dosekun was the first Vice-Dean, University of Lagos Medical School; first Deputy Provost of the College and the first emeritus Professor of the University of Lagos.