School of Community Nurses matriculates
By Kemi Olatunde
No fewer than 147 students have been matriculated into the School of Community Nurses of the Ondo State Ministry of Health programme put in place to mitigate exodus of Nurses to other countries
The Permanent Secretary, Dr (Mrs) Folukemi Aladenola while giving her address at the event noted that the advent of COVID 19 pandemic depleted the manpower in all areas of health sector which led to massive relocation of health workers which also created a wide gap in the manpower need in all the healthcare facilities
According to her, the japa syndrome of health workers necessitated the intervention programme as the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria designed it to bridge the gap of manpower by providing professionally competent nurses and midwives who would primarily be based in the communities to attend to the health needs of the people
She explained that the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu approved the establishment of the school with the admission of 75 students for Nurses and another 75 for Midwives, adding that the students would serve the state for at least a period of two years before they would be able to proceed further in their education.
Dr Aladenola reiterated that the state government has continued to strengthen the healthcare facilities through the approval of recruitment of 1,000 health personnel to man the ever expanding healthcare facilities.
She also stressed that the state government was constructing a 500-bedded capacity ultra modern health facilities for the University of Medical Sciences which she said would be ready for commissioning soon.
Director Nursing Services, Mrs Alice Ogundele charged the students to pay attention to every detail of what they would be exposed to, stressing that every part of the curriculum is important including the skills they would acquire at the clinical level of their training
She advised them to give quality time to their studies to make them very proficient to be able to handle cases presented to them at the primary healthcare facilities.
Head of School, School of Community Nursing and Midwifery, Mrs Goodness Ayerin, in her welcome address appreciated Governor Akeredolu for establishing the school to address acute shortage of nurses and midwives in the state, while also congratulating the students and appealing to them not to abuse the rare privilege given to them by the government of the state.