UNILORIN hosts student-scientists’ conference
The second national conference of the National Association of Basic Medical Science Students (NABAMSS) has been held at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN). The event with the theme:Extremity and laxity in teaching and practise of basic medical sciences: A major impediment to its progress in Nigeria, ended with a dinner.
The four-day event started with an outreach to Ile-Iwe community in Tanke area of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital. The students offered free medical services to the residents of the community during the outreach held in partnership with the Kwara State Ministry of Health. The beneficiaries were diagnosed of various ailments; they were given appropriate drugs free of charge to heal their conditions.
The participating schools at the conference included Nnamdi Azikwe University (UNIZIK) in Awka, Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU) in Uli, Anambra State and the host school.
At a welcome party held for the participants, students competed against one another in dancing and singing.
The second day featured seminar, which started at 11 am and had in attendance the NABAMSS national executive led by the president, Osmond Anokwulu, and his vice, Kingsley Udegbulam.
Dr David Ofusori of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State, spoke on the challenges facing medical profession, urging the students to equip themselves with modern knowledge to be relevant in the field.
The second lecturer, Dr O.J. Olajide of the Department of Anatomy, UNILORIN, listed ways the participants could improve their understanding of basic medical science.
Also at the seminar included the association’s Financial Secretary, Queen-Betty Ubawike, Treasurer, Collins Ijezie and Director of Socials, Tochukwu Izuogu.
The highpoint was a skype chat with Dr Lekan Ogundele of the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine in Louisiana State University. The participants learned international best practice during the online lecture.
The seminar was followed by cultural event, where the participants showcased their heritages. This was followed by a dinner that featured beauty pageant to pick Mr. and Miss NABAMSS. Two students of UNILORIN identified as Tobi and Kunmi were crowned Mr and Miss NABAMSS.