By CrossRiverWatch Admin
The Cross River government says it has met the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria for the accreditation of its schools of nursing and midwifery before the end of the year.
The Health Commissioner Inyang Asibong stated this while inspecting facilities at one of the institutions in Calabar where she averred that the readiness of the facilities required is a “demonstration of courage” in the face of lean resources accruing to the state.
Asibong also noted that the decision to renovate facilities is borne out of the current administration’s “devotion to produce excellent healthcare leaders and supportive learning environments”, adding that health is the focal point of governor Benedict Ayade.
It will be recalled that towards the beginning of processes for the 2015 general elections in 2014, the schools of nursing and midwifery were closed down for unknown reasons with allegations that the state government was planning their sale alongside general hospitals in the state.
Earlier, the Chairman of the state chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Ojong Ofut, pointed out issues affecting nurses.
Ojong stressed the need for the review of the law establishing only two schools of nursing and midwifery in the state.
Ojong also called for the upward review of the nurses’ salary which he fingered as the main reason behind the exodus of nurses from state owned hospitals to federal hospitals.
Speaking further, Ojong also called for the payment of the balance of the 30 percent CONHESS salary scale to nurses.
He charged the government to continuously update facilities at nursing and midwifery schools and also pointed at sponsoring of nurses for specialist programs to ensure quality healthcare delivery among others.
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