FG To End Doctors/ Nurses Dichotomy


By Israel Bulus, Kaduna

The dichotomy between the Nurses/Midwifery and Doctors in Nigeria can now heave a sigh of relief as arrangement have been concluded for its courses to run in Nigerian Universities, Polytechnics, Monotechnics and other professional bodies.

This was disclosed during the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), Biennial Leaders Conference, which comprises 36 states of Nigeria and Federal Capital Territory held in Kaduna recently. The course, which was important, can never be overemphasized, having occupied a strategic position in the society.

Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole represented by the
Director, Hospital services, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Wapada
Babau pointed out that the approval has been given since January 2017 and that department of colleges of faculties of Nursing and Health Sciences would be running in Nigerian Universities, Polytechnics,
Monotechnics and other professional bodies.

He commended the organizers of Nursing and Midwifery Council of
Nigeria for organizing forum like this where experts would come and interact with each other from experience the way forward in the performance of nurses and midwifery in Nigeria, promising that the federal ministry of health will continue to give helping hand in ensuring adequate service delivery.

Speaking at the Biennial Conference, the former registrar, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, Mrs. Olatokunbo Olanipekun said the reform on the education of nursing and midwifery is to consolidate the previous performances already achieved.

She added, that the theme of this years’ conference: “Consolidating on the Gains of Nursing and Midwifery Education Reforms in Nigeria” which will revolutionize Nigerian Nursing and Midwifery for service delivery was to Cushing the reform.

The former registrar, warned anyone or bodies that may want to use this opportunity to open Nursing school in Nigeria to make sure the requirements are met otherwise, it will be closed down because health issue is not something to play with, she vowed.

Earlier in her welcome address, Hajiya Salihatu Aminu who is the Director of Nursing Services, Kaduna state, commended NMCN for choosing Kaduna for the conference, saying, Kaduna state is known to be the center of learning.

Consolidating this, she noted, Kaduna state government having known the important of health delivery to her citizenry, when this present administration came on board it started refurbishing, building hospitals in the various part of the state and equipping them for maximum performance.



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