Healthcare remained a fundamental human right and essential investment ― Akeredolu

• expresses commitment to turn around health sector in Ondo

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has reiterated the commitment of his administration to give topmost priority to the health sector for quality healthcare delivery in the state, saying healthcare remained a fundamental human right and essential investment.

Akeredolu who stated this Akure, the state capital, while declaring open this year edition of the Examiners’ Workshop of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria(NMCN) with the theme: “Enhancing Professional Nursing and Midwifery Examination Outcome Through Educator-Clinician Synergy” said his administration will leave no stone unturned in achieving effective and qualitative health care delivery for the people of the state.

Akeredolu who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, (SSG) Princess Oladunni Odu, stressed the need to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practice in many professional fields, nursing inclusive.

The governor noted that nurses have the unique role of caring for communities in all settings, saying the essence of this unique role cannot be compromised, hence the need to build a synergy between the educator in the class and the clinicians in the clinical settings.

According to him, the workshop will go a long way to expose nurses to some of the global best practices and commended the organisers of the workshop just as he said the state government will be ready to partner with stakeholders to reposition the health sector.

The governor described health as a fundamental human right, and a critical indicator of human development and global priority, and disclosed that his administration has launched the State Contributory Health Scheme, kick-starting with the “Abiyamo” Maternal-and-Child Health Insurance Scheme aimed at reducing maternal and neonatal mortality.

He said “To have effective and efficient facilities to drive the programme, five additional hospitals across the state have been designated as Mother and Child-Friendly Hospitals. The establishment of the University of Medical Science Teaching Hospital with the construction of modern facilities in Akure and Ondo-city is also one of the landmark achievements of our administration.

“As part of the various initiatives and innovations to enhance Nursing education and practice, Ondo State was the first in the country to integrate her Schools of Nursing and Midwifery into University as directed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.

“Accordingly, Nurses in the state have benefitted from several training programmes sponsored by the State Government in a bid to equip them to function optimally”

He disclosed that as part of efforts to address the shortage of nurses and the brain drain in the health system, additional nurses have been employed by his administration into the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Hospitals’ Management Board and Primary Health Care Development Agency with a system of continuous replacement.

Also speaking at the event, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Pharmacist Mrs Folukemi Aladenola commended Nurses and Midwives for their tremendous contributions to effective health care delivery in the state.

Aladenola described Nurses and Midwives as solid pillars in qualitative health care delivery and assured the nurses of the state government unflinching support anytime.

The Permanent Secretary urged the nurses to rededicate themselves to the humanitarian services that the nursing profession is widely known for, while imploring them to endeavour to tackle the issue of quackery in the profession.

Chairman of the Board of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, Dr Abosede Bola Ofi said the theme of the workshop is very timely based on the global advancement in information technology and communications and its resultant implications for nursing education and practice as well as health care delivery.

Earlier in her welcome address, the Director of Nursing Services, Ministry of Health, Mrs Alice Ogundele said the assembly of current and prospective examiners is to improve their knowledge and skills for effective assessment of candidates and appropriate conduct of the Council’s professional examination.

Ogundele stated that the forum will also deliberate on recent developments in nursing and midwifery education and practice in Nigeria in order to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

She added that the Council strategically chose Ondo State to host the workshop due to the successes recorded in every aspect of nursing endeavours in the state saying the state is noted for excellence.

Ogundele lauded the State governor, for his political will in moving nursing education in Ondo State to the University level stressing that the present administration in the state has been kind to the Nursing profession.

An Award of Excellence was presented to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Pharmacist (Mrs.) Folukemi Aladenola in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the development of the Nursing Profession at the event.

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