The Oyo State College of Health Science and Technology has received a book donation worth $55,000 from Nigerians in Diaspora.
The Chairman, Governing Council of the institution, Dr Aaron Ogundinwin, disclosed this while briefing reporters on the activities of the college in Ibadan, on Wednesday.
Ogundinwin, who explained that the books were donated by a group of United States (US)-based Nigerians under the aegis of Nigerian Connect, Dallas, Texas, said the books were delivered on December, 25, 2021.
According to him, the college has also secured approval for new courses to reflect the needs of the society. They include National Diploma in Dental Therapy and Certificate in Dental Surgery for technicians.
He further explained that expansion of facilities has accounted for why new programmes were being approved by relevant regulatory bodies including the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria.
The college, which trains middle-level manpower for the health sector, is 89 years old.
Reflecting on the state of healthcare in Nigeria, Ogundinwin faulted national health policies, saying it should have been geared towards prevention instead of cure, adding that it costs more to cure than to prevent.
He also called for improved funding of the health sector, saying it is too donor-dependent.
Ogundinwin said the college would roll out drums to celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2023.