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FCT School of Nursing and Midwifery risks closure

20th Jan, 2020 | By Darlington Omotoso | ||

The Acting Director, Department of Nursing, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS) Mrs. Grace Musa-Leo, has sent out a save our soul message to the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello to come to the aid of the FCT School of Nursing and Midwifery, Gwagwalada, as the deadline given to it by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria for its accreditation will soon expire.

She made the call in her office during an exclusive chat with Abuja Digest Weekly. She disclosed that the 39 years old institution has no bill establishing it which is a major existential threat to the school, adding that the need to get the bill passed by the National Assembly is topmost priority for the department this year.

According to her, "This is the year for the accreditation of the school by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and this underscores the need to get the bill establishing the institution before the set date for accreditation more pertinent. Failure to get the National Assembly to pass the Bill before that time may not augur well for the school".

"The Council has been very lenient with us to have allowed us to operate all these years, but the deadline they set for us is almost expiring. If the bill establishing the school is not in place before that time, there is every tendency that the school may be closed down. In addition, the school auditorium is outdated. There is the need to build a modern auditorium as stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria as a pre-condition for accreditation" she stressed.

She added, "This is why I am appealing to the FCT Minister to help us expedite action on the passage of the bill establishing the school this year at the National Assembly. I am also using this medium to reach out to distinguished Senators and Honourable Members of the House of Representatives from the FCT to come to our rescue."

"With the passage of the bill, the school can now expand by establishing other campuses across the six Area Councils of the FCT and increase the number of candidates that can be offered admission and simultaneously, creating more jobs. It is my belief that once this bill is passed, FCT School of Nursing will diversify and many more candidates will be able to gain admission".

While thanking God for the tangible results the department has achieved since she took over the reins of leadership, she appreciated the FCT Minister for significant accomplishment recorded so far especially the approval of Midwifery Service Scheme in 2019.

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