James Samuel, Minna
This efforts which was geared up by the ministry of health in conjunction with the school of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) was to address the acute shortage of Nurses and midwives in the state in particular and the country in general. This is based on the accreditation of the first indigenous private college of Nursing Science, Minna.
The institution which is a Standard College of Nurses and Science was situated at the premises of Galaxy International School Minna, after it had undergone rigorous assessment and evaluation processes by the council and was given approval to commence training of Nurses and midwives.
This approval was announced by the Registrar, Nurses and Midwifery Council of Nigeria , Alh Umar Farouk Abubakar during an exit briefing held at the end of the process and outcome of the accreditation exercise.
He said such process was to improve health service delivery and not to compromise the standard of professional institutions.
Alh Farouk scored the new institution high in areas of physical structure, well equipped science laboratories, computer laboratory, state of art demonstration rooms, three well furnished and ventilated lecture halls, offices, accommodations, regular electric power and water supply.
The Registrar however observed some lapses needed to be corrected like abolishing of the male hostel which is situated close to that of females and redesign it into auditorium, and also to ensure that extant law which established the college, by the State House of Assembly which has been delayed should be expedited.
He also suggested that such bill should be sponsored through private members bill.
Alh Farouk who explained the importance of establishing such institution which according to him was primarily to increase the number of Nurses and midwives as well as striking a balance in distribution of personnel between rural areas which were often gross inadequate and the urban usually saturated.
The Registrar further called on the management to strictly adhere to laid down procedure by the council in order to maintain standard required in producing qualified graduates regularly.
In their separate remarks, the Director Nursing Science, Ministry of Health, Hajiya Hadiza Mohammed, Director Nursing Service, Hospital management Board, Ayuba H. Galadima and Mrs Fatima M. Ndanusa, Provost School of Nursing, Bida all expressed their joy over the development and assured the Registrar to maintain the quality and standard of institution as a reference point in the Northern region.