Biomedical Technology is now a course of study at the Rivers State College of Health Science and Technology in Port Harcourt. The introduction of this rare branch of healthcare application has elicited excitement at the college which has just admitted 771 new students to face that and other courses.
Biomedical technology is the application of technology and engineering to living organisms, which can involve a range of activities from designing medical equipment or conducting research, according to experts in the field. It is said to be a broad term that combines engineering and technology to solve biological or medical problems involving humans, especially the design and use of medical equipment used to diagnose and treat various diseases.
This helps in the study of different reagents for life science research including cell growth factors, antibodies, assay kits, cyclics, etc. Biomedical informatics is also new, being the branch of biomedical technology that deals with the tracking and measuring of biomedical data by using computers and technology to improve the understanding of different issues, such as how diseases spread or how well health systems are performing.
Nnanna Onyekwere, the provost of College, has therefore charged the new intakes to take their studies seriously in the face of expanding course codes and loads. He gave the charge during the 2012/2013 matriculation ceremony where the medical scientist urged them to be well behaved and avoid anything that would jeopardise their studies. He also said the college had added more courses including social works into the school curriculum.
In her speech, Owanate P. Lawson, the registrar of the institution, advised the students to make friends with their books in order to be abreast of the college’s rules and regulations. One of the matriculating students, Baridilo Dinebari Baniviga, expressed joy over the exciting new courses that would transform them into modern and digital-compliant practitioners.
Rivers State has built three tertiary institutions and 120 out of 160 proposed primary healthcare centres requiring the services of specialists and info-medical experts.