Chiemeka ADINDU, Calabar
As the world continues to evolve, health workers in Cross River state have intensified their efforts by taking up proactive measures to key into the integrated collegiate and professional nursing education in Nigeria Universities.
Chairman, Governing Council of the College of Nursing and Midwifery, Cross River state, Dr. Margaret Opiah disclosed this to TNN in a telephone interview shortly after the council visited the state commissioner for health, Dr. Betta Edu and other stakeholders in the health sector on Tuesday.
She expressed confidence that the council was set to see to the actualization of its mandate as well as the confidence reposed on it by the state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade.
She commended the state nursing directorate for seeing to the enactment of the law establishing the school and formulation of a curriculum and other necessary requirements for the take off of the college.
“It is a start up college and we are tending towards success. As I speak with you, the curriculum and other materials for the College in the state have been domesticated and harmonized and ready for takeoff.
“We have also made comparative visits to other states that have commenced the Collegiate system to ensure that all will be put in place before we formally begin”, she revealed.
The chairman further noted that those criticizing the move are doing so out of ignorance and fall under the category that sees nursing as a servant to another profession. She said the profession has evolved over the years, applauding the state government for coming to understand this.
Opiah also highlighted that the commissioner for health was so passionate about this move and is working tirelessly towards ensuring that the college will take off in no distant time.
She said the major challenge is financial backing and necessary facilities that will be needed for the College. She therefore called on well meaning individuals to support the council to make this dream come to realization in the state.
She also disclosed that the nurses in the state will celebrate this year’s world health day in a later date since the year is dedicated for the nurses by the World Health Organization (WHO) owing to the fact they were not able to do so due to the COVID-19 pandemic.