The University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED, Ondo City, Ondo State, has received approval for the establishment of a Faculty of Medical Rehabilitation, the first of its type in any Nigerian university. This was made known by the institution after the 10th special meeting of the Senate.
Responding to this, the vice chancellor, Professor Adesegun Fatusi, said the development is in line with the university’s vision which is to be a one-stop institution for human resource development across all health and medical disciplines.
He explained that the philosophy of the Faculty of Medical Rehabilitation is to produce university graduates of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Audiology, Speech Therapy, Prosthetics/Orthotic and other professionals in the field of rehabilitation who will satisfy the regional and national needs in these fields of health sciences.
He said his vision is to make UNIMED the leading institution in medical rehabilitation in West Africa, with courses that span the entire fields to address the huge deficit in human resource for quality medical rehabilitation in Nigeria and the West Africa sub-region.
He equally stated that about 20 new programmes in medical and health-related sciences would be introduced in the next academic session in a bid to enhance access to exceptionally high quality education adding that the curricula for the commencement of the 20 new courses have been approved by the Senate as well
“The courses approved include Speech Therapy, Audiology, Prosthetic and Orthotics, Occupational Therapy, Environmental Health Science, Community Health Science, Dental Therapy, Dental Nursing Science, Health Care Administration and Hospital Management, Health Information Management, Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics, Medical Physics, Science Laboratory Technology.
Other programmes approved by the Senate include Information Technology and Health Informatics, Environment Management and Toxicology, Medicinal Chemistry, Pure Physics, Radiography and Radiation Science, Cell Biology and Genetics.