It was a dream come true , and hope fulfilled for the Government of Enugu state, students, their parents, management , staff , host community of the School of Basic Midwifery, Awgu , Enugu state, Nigeria, when the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) granted accreditation to the school.
With the accreditation, the students of the institution would be indexed and sales of form for admission of new Students will commence on Tuesday, October 10,2023.
The accreditation team going through some documents,while principal looked on
Recall the accreditation team of the Council led by Nurse Mrs Joy Abaraka had on September 20, 2023 visited the school and inspected relevant materials facilities in the school. The team also interacted with the students,ô management and staff of the School, including representatives of the host community
Speaking with newsmen after inspecting all the facilities in the school, relevant documents establishing the school, documents of management, staff and students of the institution as well as interaction with the students, Abaraka expressed happiness with what they saw on ground. She said that there must be gaps, but the most important thing is having the interest to fill the gap, which Enugu state Government has demonstrated.
On his part, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health Affairs, Dr. Yomi Jaye who represented the state Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, reiterated the state government’s interest in revamping the health sector as well as other sectors.
Dr. Jaye said that two schools, School of Basic Midwifery,Awgu and School of Nursing , Parklane, Enugu had accreditation issues. He disclosed that the School of Basic Midwifery,Awgu, lost accreditation for two years and the School of Nursing, Parklane will be loosing accreditation by this year if urgent steps were not taken to fix the problems and the Governor, placed importance to health.
“To that end, His Excellency heard about it and said we should swing into action and we contacted the regulatory body ,which is the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) .
“For Awgu, the last accreditation was in 2018. It means the students had been hopeless since then, but one week , we brought the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria to Awgu, ” Dr. Jaye said.
The Governor’s Special Assistant on health said ,”the administration of Barrister Peter Mbah had done it again, what couldn’t be done in years. As we conclude the visit, the team is satisfied with the performances of the students. They told us the few areas where we need to build on . The students will be indexed and registered and we are going to have new sets of students by December,2023. Therefore, it is a chearing news for the students, prospective students, people of Awgu and to the good people of Enugu state. Enugu students, another confirmation that Tomorrow is here.
“We will keep hope alive and keep all the pressures on to change the face of healthcare system in Enugu state. His Excellency intends to digitize medical and Nursing education across the system. So , we expect us to leverage on technology, thereby, distrupting medical and Nursing education in the state. It’s a new season for the young people of the state, who aspire to become healthcare givers”, Dr. Jaye said.
Addressing the students, the Governor’s representative told the students that the state Governor is committed to their welfare, hence the visit.
“The team has given us the assurance that your future is assured The Governor will not leave any stone unturned We will make available everything you need . Everyone will have good education. You will not be unregistered. Be assured that the administration of Dr. Peter Mbah will make the school a place for the greatest mind in history.. Give up your best and His Excellency will reciprocate that Accordingly”, he said.
The Accreditation team had in an interactive session with students asked the students to describe the stages of labour/ delivery, an exercise that was brilliantly presented by a final year student, Udeh MaryAnn Oluomachi to the admiration of all and a cash gift from the Governor’s representative.
The team advised the students to remain committed in their studies , noting that “there is no shortcutting in nursing”. She announced that their final exams will be in March, 2025.
Author: Maureen Ikpeama