Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma has passionately appealed to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria to consider the re-accreditation and re-opening of the schools of Nursing and Midwifery in the state.
The governor specifically appealed for the re-accreditation and re-opening of the Post-Midwifery School at Awomama, School of Basic Midwifery at Aboh Mbaise and the School of Nursing and Midwifery in the in Owerri that have lost accreditation for the past 12 years.
Receiving the leadership of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria at Government House Owerri, the Chief of Staff, Barr. Nnamdi Anyaehie, who represented the governor, told them that the governor has also requested for the establishment of a community Midwifery to be located at Awomama. This is to enable the state prepare the lower stage of competent and skilled Midwifery practitioners for the state’s lower health centres.
Anyaehie said the governor also requested for the opening and changing of programmes from basic Midwifery to post basic Midwifery at the School of Midwifery Aboh Mbaise and that in future, the state shall request for the establishment of additional programmes and the relocation of the School of Nursing Owerri to Ahiara Mbaise originally developed for Ahiara Polytechnic.
Governor Uzodimma passionately appealed for the reopening of Schools of Nursing Owerri, now relocated to Ahiara, School of Post basic Midwifery at Aboh Mbaise, School of Post basic Midwifery at Awomama for the 2020/2021 academic year by granting concessional approval and to use their professional and kind positions to look at the urgency attached to the demand.
The governor promised to remedy the deficiencies observed in the institutions to satisfy the council’s demand as they pertain to the education and training of Nurses and Midwives.
The Governor further informed his visitors that the state has plan to upgrade and reorganize the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery as follows: merge the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Ahiara and School of Post Midwifery, Aboh Mbaise into a College of Nursing Sciences, Owerri with each school becoming a department of the college.
In the same vein, the Schools of Nursing Orlu and School of Midwifery Awomama into College of Nursing Sciences Orlu with each school as a department of the College.
He thanked the Council for approving the School of Nursing Orlu as the first institution to flag off Community Nursing in South East of Nigeria.
The Governor used the occasion to announce the appointment of Rev (Fr.) Wence Madu as the Coordinator to deal with the re-opening of the institutions and the re-accreditations.
Earlier, the leader of the team and the Secretary/Registrar of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, Alhaji Faruk Umar Abubarkar said they were in Imo at the invitation of the governor to look at the state of the nursing institutions in the state and advice on the way forward.
He acknowledged the place of Imo in the training and education of nurses nationwide and described the state as strategic, holding the highest number of nurses and midwives in the national council data.
He however pointed out that there was a lot of decay in the infrastructure at Awomama and Aboh Mbaise and requested the government to do something quickly to remedy the situation, informing of the council’s decision to approve the increase in the number of courses and intake of students.