By Isa Abdulsalami Ahovi

*Varsity to become medical simulation facilitator

Plateau State Government has intensified efforts towards addressing the incessant encroachment of land belonging to the University of Jos (UNIJOS).

This was made known by the Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Town Planning, Yakubu Dati, when he led officials of his ministry on an advocacy visit to the university, yesterday. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Tanko Ishaya, received them in his office.

Ishaya expressed delight over the visit, saying partnership between the two institutions would go a long way in addressing the issue at stake.

Expressing dismay over the continuous encroachment into UNIJOS land, especially at the Naraguta Bricks and Clay Company, which was bought over by the university, he said deliberate measures must be applied to wade off trespassers.

ccording to him, addressing the university’s land disputes will pave the way for the growth the Institution desires. Earlier, the commissioner had said their visit was to strengthen the relationship between the state government and the university and bring to the notice of the institution’s management some activities of the ministry.

MEANWHILE, all facilities are in place for UNIJOS simulation centre to commence operation. This follows an understudy programme and training undertaken by UNIJOS staff that will serve as facilitators for the centre.

According to a statement yesterday by the Deputy Registrar, Information and Communications, of the university, Abdullahi Abdullahi, medical simulation is the acquisition of clinical skills through deliberate practice, where tools serve as an alternative to real patients in which a trainee can make mistakes and learn from them without the fear of harming a patient.

The centre is a contiguous system designed to simulate the patient flow process with a pre-hospital room, emergency room, operating room, intensive care unit and pharmacy.

The statement added that the facilitators undertook the training at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda, as part of a collaboration between the two universities aimed at improving the quality of medical training and employing advanced technology at the Medical College.

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