The Ondo State Government under the leadership of Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu has warned private hospitals in the state to stop training Nurses and Midwives, as they had no legal right to do so.
He spoke through his respectative Dr Taiye Oni, the Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Ministry of Health, who gave this warning while monitoring the entrance examination into the Ondo State School of Nursing and Midwifery for the 2017/2018 session in Akure. Oni noted that such training by the private hospitals was contributing to some sharp practices by some actors in the state health sector.
The Permanent Secretary said that with the new policy of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, most Schools of Nursing and Midwifery would now award Higher National Diploma and degree certificates. He disclosed that the state School of Nursing and Midwifery would soon be upgraded to a degree awarding institution. Oni, therefore, lauded the management of the school for conducting a credible entrance examination for the 1,600 candidates seeking admission into the 50 available spaces.
the Director, Department of Nursing Services of the ministry, Mrs Alice Ogundele, observed that nurses, were in high demand around the world to deliver high quality health care. Ogundele said most countries of the world including Nigeria, had not been able to meet the specified ratio 1 nurse to 4 patients in a ward, hence the high demand continued.
In her remarks, the principal of the school, Mrs Idowu Edward, said the school had carved out a niche for itself by the performance of its students in external examinations, which had not been less than 95 per cent at any point in time. Edward said the nursing profession had improved in quality and were in higher demand than before, as the population increased. According to her, students will be admitted strictly on merit in order to enhance the future of the profession.