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- Kunle Emmanuel
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The gains recorded in the medical sector by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration are capable of being wiped out if quack nurses and illegal nursing schools, are not urgently checked in Nigeria.
We, in Amalgamated Network of Civil Society Organization in Nigeria (ANOSCOIN), are extremely delighted to note that the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigerian (NMCN) are stepping up effort to put the menace of quacks and illegal nursing and midwifery schools to an end.
We are particularly happy that leadership of Alhaji Faruk Umar Abubakar has made the eradication of quack nurses in our hospitals the priority of his administration.
Before now, news of careless death of Nigerians in the hands of quack nurses across the country was a daily occurrence. It is our hope that NMCN will live up to its vow to end the scourge of quack nurses and schools producing them in Nigeria.
Nothing can be more profound in the resolve of NMCN to stamp out quackery in the Council than this comment from the Registrar, Alhaaji Faruk Umar Abubakar in Nigerian Tribune of May 25, 2017
According to him, “There is the need to have a sustainable reform for quality assurance in the nursing profession. It is a sure way for growth, efficiency, effectiveness, quality improvement and enhanced public image of the nurse and the nursing profession.”He added that the council had been having a serious challenge with quackery and individuals establishing illegal school of nursing and midwifery. The registrar who stated that the council was concerned about the existing situation in the profession, called members of the nursing profession to join in its fight against indiscipline and unethical, and unprofessional conducts with the nursing profession.
It has been observed that the activities of unprofessional nurses are even more pronounced in private hospitals in Nigeria. We urge NMCN to beam its search light on the operations of these hospitals across the nation. We, like other Nigerians have observed that most private hospitals, in their attempt to maximize profit, employ quack nurses, they can pay peanut at the end of the month, to administer patients. The result is agony of families of most patients as a result of complications and sometimes death of loved ones.
ANOSCOIN is of the view that for effective monitoring, supervision of examination in various nursing schools in Nigeria; adequate funding of Nursing Council by the government has become imperative. We believe that the Council’s manpower capacity should be increased to comprehensively face the task of monitoring and supervision. Training staff of the Council to respond to developments in health sector is vital here. The Council, on the other hand, is advised to work with relevant stakeholders in the sector to enhance its operations.
Now that Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), under Alhaji Faruk Abubakar, has shown through action that it is determined to sanitize the subsector, all is needed is collective action on the part of all stakeholders to motivate the Council to deliver on its mandate.
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