Prof. Afolabi Lesi, Provost, College of Medicine, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), has advised the 186 newly-inducted medical and dental graduates to be change agents in the health sector.
Lesi gave the advice on Wednesday at the induction of the 2016/2017 graduating sets of LUTH College of Medicine in Idi Araba, Lagos. He said that the power to be change agents in health sector resided in every individual by working with empathy and not with sympathy.
“Always strive to know more and do not think that you already know everything. “Despite the leadership role of doctors in the medical team, doctors alone can not render the needed services in the healthcare system,” the provost said.
He said that one of the major challenges facing the healthcare industry was the constant acrimony and disruption of services in the healthcare professionals space.
He challenged young Nigerians to build their future at home and to never retreat from seeking leadership positions.
He urged the graduates to practice health profession with conscience and dignity. In his remark, Prof. Wasiu Adeyemo, Deputy Chairman, LUTH Medical Advisory Committee, urged graduates to abide by the ethics of the profession.
“This is a responsibility that should be taken on with every sense of diligence and respect for the human life. “Always prepare to give back to the system because little contribution will help to improve health system in the country,” he said.