The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives has urged the Federal Government to establish a national post graduate college for nurses in order to enhance the training of high-level manpower in the profession.
The National President of NANNM, Mr. Abdrafiu Adeniji, said this in Osogbo on Sunday during a briefing at the end of the sixth Quadrennial National Delegate Conference of the association.
Adeniji said that the establishment of the college would impact positively on the quality of health delivery in the country, adding that government should expedite action on the establishment of the school.
He said, “Our association has requested the establishment of the school we call the National Post Graduate College of Nursing.
“We have made the request to the Federal Ministry of Health and the idea has been accepted. It has been referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria for consideration and appropriate processing.
“If the college is established, the manpower and human resources development needed for health and nursing will be complemented and upgraded to a better status.”
He said the association would ensure the implementation of the approval given to graduates of nursing sciences for internship.
He also urged the government to provide adequate equipment and infrastructure in health institutions to ensure the proper training of nurses and midwives.
Adeniji said, “Lack of infrastructure and working tools in the health sector should be addressed because almost all the health institutions in the country lack adequate infrastructural and functional equipment. The implication is that qualified health professionals do not have the necessary equipment to work with.
“We implore the government not to pay lip service to the development of our health institutions but ensure that our institutions are adequately equipped and that health professionals manning them especially nurses and midwives are adequately remunerated.”