The President, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, Ademola Olaitan, said that the college had saved more than 5 billion dollars for the country by training doctors locally.
Olaitan who said this in Abuja that before the college was set up in 1979, the Federal Government usually sent doctors abroad for training, spending about 200,000 dollars each year, for five years.
The professor said such training overseas had now been taken over by the college, saving the government resources.
He said that despite the college’s commitment to giving doctors quality and world standard training, it was being faced with financial challenges, hindering it from achieving some of its mandate.
He said that most benefits accruing to the universities from the Ministry of Education was denied the college, even though it could be termed a medical university.