The first medical University in West Africa, University of Medical Sciences located in the city of Ondo held her first Distinguished Guest Lecture today, Wednesday 15th June, 2016 titled “We Reap What We Sow”.
The distinguished lecture which had in attendance Vice-Chancellors of universities, erudite scholars, Royal fathers, staff and students of the University was delivered by Emeritus Professor Kelsey A. Harrison, MD, DSc. (London) FRCOG, FMCOG, NNOM and former Vice-Chancellor, University of Port-Harcourt.
The Guest lecturer in the course of his lecture noted the high maternal mortality rate in Sub-Saharan Africa including Nigeria. He said “….Sadly, high maternal mortality in most of Sub-Saharan Africa including my country, Nigeria, persists and still rising.”
“The reason, in my view, is because we are looking at and dealing with the wrong end of the problem. Dead and damaged mothers and infants make up a cluster of conditions resulting from one thing, very poor obstetrics care… it is the disease which has to be treated.”
In appreciation to the Guest Lecturer, the management of the University presented an award to Emeritus Professor Kelsey Harrison for the lecture.