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Bauchi Govt. tasks nursing institutions on quality education


Bauchi Govt. tasks nursing institutions on quality education

The Bauchi State Government has urged the Forum of Heads of Nursing Institutions in Nigeria (FOHNIN ) to promote quality nursing education in the interest of public health.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Alhaji Ali Baayo, stated this at the ongoing 19th annual scientific conference of the forum holding between Aug. 22 and 26 in Bauchi.

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Represented by Dr. Rohinson Yusuf, Director of Medical Services, Baayo urged FOHNIN to proffer solutions to the challenges bedeviling nursing education in the country.

He described nurses and midwives as critical pillars in healthcare delivery, saying, ”we need to strengthen their training process”.

Delivering the keynote, Dr. Faruk Abubakar, Registrar, Nurses and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, said that nursing education was gaining more attention in the country.

”Nursing practice is becoming more advanced. This means that there are opportunities for expansion of the practice.

”Nursing profession is becoming more attractive and highly needed. The future of nursing lies in leading change and advancing health,” he said.

He said that Nigeria needed to tap into the latest technologies in nursing education to ensure quality output.

Also, Dr. Yusif Jibrin, Chief Medical Director, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, called for more training in order to acquire the latest skills.

He urged the forum to re-orientate the mindset of nursing students towards more efficient service delivery and better output.

Dr. Aminu Bello, Chairman of FOHNIN, said that nursing education was advancing at an appreciable rate in the country.

He said that no fewer than 30 universities were already offering Masters’s degrees in 17 postgraduate nursing specializations across the country.

Bello, however, expressed concerns over the migration of Nigerian nurses to other countries where they viewed the profession as better rewarding.

The report gathered that the theme for the 2022 scientific conference is: ”Advancing Nursing Education: Challenges and Prospects.”

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