By James Samuel Minna
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Niger state governor , Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has described Nursing and Midwifery as very important professions that deserves attention and support to succeed.
He gave the commendation through the Honourable Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Professor Abubakar Baba Aliyu while receiving members of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria NMCN in Company of officials from the Ministry of Health and management team of the college of Nursing Science at the ministry’s conference hall in the State.
The Governor disclosed that Nurses are very important because there’s always constant contact time between Nurses and patients compared to doctors hence the need to increase their numbers in the country.
He pointed out that the tussle between the ministry of Health and Tertiary Education for years over ownership of health institution should not be an issue because the ministry of Health suppose to be in charge of clinics while Tertiary Education is responsible for training.
This he said, makes both ministries very important and tasks them to ensure that standard are maintained in schools.
Prof. Baba Aliyu reminded the council on the need to checkmate the proliferation of health institutions in the State so as not to give opportunity for quackery to thrive, adding that there should be a balance between making profit and quality education particularly in private establishment.
The Commissioner for Health who was represented by Director Nursing Services of the ministry, Hajiya Hadiza L Mohammed emphasized that the requirements on the checklist as stipulated by the council will not be compromised.
Earlier, the Registrar thanked the Governor for the warm reception adding that the council was established to regulates the establishing of any Nursing and Midwifery institutions and to ensure standard are put in place for regular training as health sector are critical to the societies.
He further explained that council is determined to provide an enabling environment to support government in areas in filling the gap of shortage of Nurses as a result of drain in the country.
The entourage which visited Primary Healthcare hospital along Airport road and Neo – Natal wing of General Hospital Minna which is part of training ground for the students of the college.