20 September 2021
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Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has reiterated that his administration would not relent in achieving effective and qualitative healthcare delivery for the people of the state.
The governor, who noted that health was a fundamental human right and a critical indicator of human development and global priority, said his administration had launched the state contributory health scheme, kick-starting with ‘Abiyamo’ Maternal-and-Child Health Insurance Scheme with the aimed reducing maternal and neonatal mortality.
Akeredolu stated this in his keynote address while declaring open the 2021 edition of the Examiners’ Workshop of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria held in Akure.
The workshop was themed, ‘Enhancing professional nursing and midwifery examination outcome through educator-clinician synergy.’
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Princess Oladunni Odu, the governor said in a bid to address the shortage of nurses and the brain drain that had affected the health system in the country, his administration had employed more nurses into the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Hospitals’ Management Board and Primary Health Care Development Agency with a system of continuous replacement.
He said, “To have effective and efficient facilities to drive the programme, five additional hospitals across the state have been designated as Mother and
Child-Friendly Hospitals. The establishment of the University of Medical Science Teaching Hospital with the construction of modern facilities in Akure and Ondo City is also one of the landmark achievements of our administration.
“As part of the various initiatives and innovations to enhance nursing education and practice, Ondo State was the first in the country to integrate her schools of nursing and midwifery into university as directed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
“Accordingly, nurses in the state have benefitted from several training programmes sponsored by the State Government in a bid to equip them to function optimally.”
The Director of Nursing Services, Ondo State Ministry of Health, Mrs Alice Ogundele, said the assembly of current and prospective examiners was to improve their knowledge and skills for effective assessment of candidates and appropriate conduct of the Council’s professional examination.
The Chairman, Board of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, Dr. Abosede Ofi, said the theme of the workshop was very timely based on the global advancement in information technology and communications and its resultant implications for nursing education and practice as well as health care delivery