By Fabian Ekeruche
A retiring Professor of Radiology, Gbolahan Awosanya, has called on teachers at all levels to develop passion for their job and invest properly in students to be part of their success stories.
At his 70th birthday and retirement ceremony in Lagos, Awosanya said that any teacher who did not invest well in his or her students failed.
He attributed his success to encouragement by the late former Minister of Health, Prof. Olukoye Ransome-Kuti.
The professor said that his friends abandoned him for choosing radiology as a profession because they could not understand why did so.
“They thought going into radiology is like committing suicide, but I thank God that my teachers encouraged me.
“One of them was the late Prof. Olukoye Ransome-Kuti. They all encouraged me to succeed,” Awosanya, a former Provost of College of Medicine, Lagos State University, said.
He expressed gratitude to God for a successful career and gift of life, saying that when he began his career, the amount of radiation radiologists were exposed to, was not monitored.
“I thank God for bringing me this far. I want to rededicate my life to serve humanity.
“As you help, don’t expect anything in return; that is what I have been doing,’’ Awosanya said.
Earlier, in his lecture entitled “The Role of Virtual Autopsy in Legal Medicine’’, a pathologist, Prof. John Obafunwa, said that forensic radiology was useful for human identification, teaching and research.
Obafunwa, a former Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University, said that it was usefully deployed in carrying out autopsy on the victims of Dana Air crash in 2012.
He said that virtual autopsy, patented in 1990, and post mortem imaging methods, though relatively new, had been used in medicine to determine causes and manner of death.
“They can also be exceptionally useful in the process of identification,’’ Obafunwa said.
He noted that virtual autopsy deployed the principles of photogrammetry – 3-Dimensional Photography.
He said that virtual autopsy methods were used in investigating causes of death without opening up the deceased.
Obafunwa, however, advised that there should be in place appropriate legislation that would recognise virtual autopsy principles in tendering evidence in law courts.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ceremony was organised by Awosanya’s mentees. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)