CU, Health Peak Signs MoU
Health Peak Limited, under the auspices of Partnership for Preventive Health Action (PPHA), a Non- Governmental Organisation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Covenant University on Tuesday, August 25, 2015.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo noted that the MoU was a welcomed development considering the need for preventive medicine in the world today. He stressed that the world is moving away from curative medicine as we know it, and embracing more strategic preventative measures. He talked about the new innovation in the area of e-health systems and telemedicine, as an untapped area with great potential in Nigeria and across Africa. He described e-health systems and telemedicine as the remote provision of clinical and healthcare through the use of telecommunication and information technologies; which reduces distance barriers and improves access to medical services to those in rural communities.
In this regard, the Vice-Chancellor said that Covenant University would be at the forefront in Nigeria ensuring that this innovation gets to the grassroots. He expressed a desire to see Covenant University take giant strides in this area in order to place Nigeria ahead of other West African nations in health care research and provision; while preparing the ground for the establishment of Covenant University’s School of Medicine.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, the purpose of the MoU is to facilitate the development of collaborations, linkages and mutually beneficial activities in the areas of e-Health and telemedicine. Specifically, the collaboration would provide opportunity for cutting-edge research geared towards addressing medical concerns in developing nations. There is so much potential for e-health and telemedicine to create a lasting impact both locally and on an international scale.”
Earlier in his comments, the Registrar, while appreciating the Health Peak team for establishing a relationship with Covenant University, expressed his confidence that the MoU would enhance the relationship between the two parties, thereby, helping them to achieve their individual and corporate goals.
While speaking at the event, the Chairman of the organisation, Dr. Samuel Oyegbile, stated that the purpose of the MoU was to establish a framework for collaboration based on mutual benefit and reciprocity; taking into account their respective needs, thereby, driving the economic growth of Nigeria and its integration into global discourse. He emphasised that the two parties shall conduct programs and activities for the development of an e-healthcare, social-consultancy, support and information system platform.
“There shall also be viable E-Renal and E-Cancer Registries, for the prevention of these conditions; an e-health system, educational seminars and a family planning centre as mechanisms to increase public awareness on the prevention of diseases,” Dr. Samuel Oyegbile said.
Also present at the event were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye; the Dean, School of Post Graduate Studies, Professor Shalom Chinedu; the Dean, College of Science and Technology, Professor Nicholas Omoregbe; the Chief Medical Director, Covenant Health Centre, Dr. Anigbogu Chukwunonso; members of the Legal Department and members of the Directorate of Media & Corporate Affairs.