Nurses have been called upon to always cash in on any available opportunity to upgrade their skills in order to be able to meet up with the current trends both nationally and internationally as they play a vital role in the healthcare delivery system in any society.
The Delta State Commissioner for Health Dr. Nicholas Azinge made this call yesterday in Asaba during the opening ceremony of the Zonal Workshop on the Implementation of the Revised General Nursing, Midwifery and Post Basic Nursing Curricula organized by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria in collaboration with the Delta State Ministry of Health.
The State Commissioner for Health who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. (Mrs.) Minnie Oseji commended the Council for taking the bold step to revise all the curricular for nursing and midwifery education in line with global best practice.
Dr. Azinge said that Delta State is taking the lead in achieving universal health coverage through its contributory health insurance scheme established to promote health for all Deltans.
He explained that to achieve this, conscious efforts must be made to improve the interpersonal communication between health workers and patients as well as strategies to reduce waiting time in our health institution both which require major inputs from the nursing profession.
Commissioner Azinge said that the workshop which has as its theme ‘Strengthening Nursing and Midwifery Education for Quality Health Care’ is timely occasioned by the current ravaging threat of emerging and dreaded diseases such as Ebola, Lassa fever and now monkeypox stating that highly trained nurses will no doubt help improve our health care delivery system.
In her welcome address, the Director of Nursing Services, Ministry of Health, Mrs. Veronica Osaneku said the curriculum of the Council ensures that nurses and midwives are adequately trained to provide health care to people and also to meet up with the local and global trends in health care delivery, effective and efficient implementation of these curricula must be carried out.
She added that the workshop is coming at a time when Council is planning to commence the National Diploma/Higher National Diploma programme in Nigeria for academic recognition f the nursing and midwifery certificates hence the need for the revision of the curriculum to meet up with the stipulated standards by relevant regulatory bodies.
In his address, the Secretary-General/Registrar, Nurses and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, Alhaji Faruk Abubakar represented by Mrs. Margaret Eze, Head of Education Unit, Nurses and Midwifery Council of Nigeria revealed that as matter of standards, Council reviews the curricular for nursing and midwifery education every five years to ensure that all current issues are carefully incorporated into the curricula so that standards of nursing and midwifery education are maintained.
He appealed to the lecturers, nursing and midwifery educators to be diligent and committed to the implementation of the revised curriculum and urged them to discharge their teaching duties with high sense of responsibility, commitment and integrity in order to produce graduates that are equipped with the right knowledge and skills to render quality and effective nursing care that will meet national and international standards.
In her Keynote address Prof (Mrs.) G. Robison-Bassey, Senior Lecturer, Department of Nursing Sciences, University of Port-Harcourt said that due to the present technological advancement, patients are now aware of their health status and rights compared to the past and hence the need for nurses and midwives to upgrade themselves with relevant professional skills in order not to be ridiculed by their clients and also to enable them to meet up with the changing times.
Participants were drawn from the six states that make up the south-south zone and each state was represented by the educators from their various schools of Nursing and Midwifery.