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We Plan To Train Health Professionals To Improve Country’s Health Indices – Prof Etebu

The Vice Chancellor of Bayelsa Medical University, Professor Ebitimitula Nicholas Etebu has disclosed that the whole essence of establishing the university was to train medical professionals that will help in improving the Nigerian health indices in the future.

He also disclosed that the university has a unique department that trains people in foreign languages maintaining that in the whole of Nigeria, the university is the only one with such a department.

Speaking on Friday in Yenagoa during the launch of a book authored by Dr Marei Therese Teibowei titled Intersectionality of Language and Biomedical Translation, the VC represented by Prof. Uche Onwudiegwu, Dean Faculty of Health Sciences said that the university also runs bachelor degrees in other health fields like anatomy, biochemistry among others.

Commenting on the book, he applauded the author for coming up with such a book stating that with that, the students would have learnt some foreign languages from the university which will surely help them in future assuring that anybody can enrol to learn the foreign languages.

“In this university, we are determined to train health professionals and improve Nigeria’s health indices. This is one of the specialized universities in Nigeria that is geared to training health care professionals from medical doctors, to dentists, pharmacists, nurses, optometrists, physiotherapists, medical lab scientists, radiographers, public health community scientists and in the future, bio-medical engineers.

“This is a very specialized university, one out of a few that has been developing and coming forth in this country. This is a new university like four years plus but I can tell you that we have so many programmes and by God’s grace, maybe later this year, we will be having our first graduants.

“We have so many programmes apart from the professional health programmes, we also run bachelors degrees in other areas like anatomy, physiology and bio-chemistry and lots more.

On the author/ celebrant, the VC said “She is also the pioneer and author of our exceptional unique programme the only type of it in any Nigerian university and that is our foreign languages and biomedical translation institute.

“Today we have come to celebrate one of our own, a young dynamic lady, a pacesetter. We are glad as a university to be associated with her. She has so many caps at the same time. It may interesting to know that Dr Marie has done very well. She is also the pioneer and author of our exceptional unique programme the only type of it in any Nigerian university.

“This institute trains people in foreign languages, French, and Spanish. Rusia, German and it is our programme and we have designed it in such a way that all the health professionals that pass through this university should be able to speak one foreign language at the end of their programmes. It is an added value to the degrees that they are going to get.

“You are also free to enrol in a diploma in any of the languages mentioned. Our celebrant is the person at the helm of affairs of this unique institute and recently, she was promoted to the rank of senior lecturer.

“We are glad that BMU is associating with her and we are glad to have her as one of our academic staff and director of our institute. She can by every parameter stand on her own at the global level.

“As you leave here, you should be able to propagate that BMU has come to stay and our staff is making progress in research and other academic endeavours. He said

Also speaking, the commissioner for education, Bayelsa State Gentle Emelah said that the importance of foreign languages cannot be over-emphasized.

Emelah represented by Alati Atei, director unified examinations section in the ministry said talking about the topic of the book, intersectionality and biomedical translation of foreign languages are very important to all of us.

“For Marie to write a book to bridge that gap is a huge development for the language institute and biomedical university at large. This is good work and we should all emulate it. Im proud to know she is a goal-getter and a pacesetter. Any time I see her achievements, I’m so glad to be associated with her.

“We should all make efforts to write books because books are magical gifts that you keep opening and learning and I know that this book is one of such because it is talking about languages.

“If you know that you are just stuck with the Ijaw language, you need to do something about that. With this book, you need to go further by learning either Spanish, German, or French, it makes you vast and keeps your memory alive. He concluded.

Professor Steve Azaiki in his remarks said that the values education and appreciates those who can put pen to paper and produce a book adding that he has great respect for the author for her creativity, intelligence determination and ability to always go for the best.

He continued” It is very clear that having knowledge in a language is an additional score and achievement for anyone in a professional field. If you want to play on the international scene, you must have another language other than English language.

“I believe that we should teach French in our schools and everybody in the medical field has to study an additional language. I believe that the intention of the author of this book is to stimulate the learning of foreign languages and we really appreciate what you have done.

“Unfortunately anytime we discuss education, the people that the topic is meant for never pay attention to what we are saying but if the young ones should pay attention, they will understand that today’s discussion should be able to change their lives because we are talking futuristic things. Use the opportunity you have here and learn Rusia, French, Spanish or Chinese languages. He advised.

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