Edo government seeks accreditation of medical training institutions
As a way of appeasing protesting students of Edo State Schools of Nursing and Midwifery who last week protested the withdrawal of the schools’ accreditation over statutory conditions, Edo state government yesterday said it has embarked on moves to revalidate the accreditation of the schools to reduce apprehension among the students and their sponsors that certificate from the school may not be honoured.
The school was inherited from the old Western region in 1963 and its enabling laws have not been updated.
The state commissioner for health, Dr. (Mrs.) Aihanuwa Eregie told journalists recently that the enabling law for the school has been reviewed in line with current standards and already sent to the Ministry of Justice for legal review before forwarding it to the state house of assembly.
She said to demonstrate government’s resolve in running standard medical training institutions, new hostel has been built while existing ones renovated just as she said the library of the school has also been refurbished and provision of ICT facilities on the way.
She, however, assured that all those who have completed their programmes would not be affected as the ministry works to restore the school’s accreditation. “Since 1963 when Midwest region was created, the school of nursing was one of things that we inherited from the Western region and there was no enabling law that was in place, it also affected Oyo state, it affected almost 70 per cent of schools of nursing and midwifery in this country, even in UBTH. All that we want to do is to make sure that the process is fully completed then we can now formally invite the regulatory body to re-inspect so that they can restore the accreditation of the training institutions.”
On the plans to complete the Central Hospital in Benin City, part of which collapsed two years ago, she said; “The areas that collapsed have been completely brought down and they have also provided remedial measures to provide steel structure to reinforce not just the physical structure alone. We have also made sure in this year’s budget that we have construction and fixing of equipment going on simultaneously because we don’t want to a situation where we build a structure and you invite equipment vendors and they begin to bring down walls in the name of fixing equipments.”
The commissioner also said the ministry has opened special customer lines for the public to call it in the case of complaints or deficiencies in service deliveries.
Eregie said the administration of Adams Oshiomhole has been rendering free of charge immunisation for children and Hepatitis B at various points across the state adding that the state government had achieved 79 per cent on immunization and intend to meet the 85 per cent minimum target by the Federal Government this year.
“We are one of the very few states that have gone this far in terms of immunisation. Some states are even below 50 per cent and out target is to meet the minimum 85 per cent by this 2014 budget, which has provided for over N8 billion for the health sector of the state.”