Stakeholders in the nursing profession on Thursday expressed the readiness to support the proposed establishment of a College of Nursing for the development of the profession in the State.
They said this at a one-day stakeholders meeting on a bill for a law to establish the Lagos State College of Nursing (School of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health Nursing) and other connected purposes that took place at Lateef Jakande Auditorium, Alausa Ikeja.
The stakeholders which comprise nurses, health services administrators, doctors and members of the public, agreed that there is a need to upgrade the current school of nursing in the state and ensure standard in the industry.
However, in her contribution, the Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, Dr. (Mrs.) Modele Oshikiyesi observed that the council of the school might not be in a position to appoint the head of the school.
She argued that it would better this would be handled by core professionals and practitioners in the industry.
On his part, the Chairman of the Lagos Council of Nursing, Comrade Olurotimi Akinjide noted that nurses also diagnose, adding however that it is called nursing diagnosis as opposed to doctors that make medical diagnosis.
“We are concerned about responses to illnesses and treatments. Nursing diagnosis is not medical diagnosis. A representative of the Nigerian nurses and midwives should be represented at the council of the college.
He also argued that “The head of the college should be a degree holder in nursing and not in any other profession or field. The same goes for other principal officers of the school,” he said.
This was corroborated by the Head of the Department of Nursing in the College of Medicine of the Lagos State University, Dr. Bola Obembe, who emphasized that the Provost of the school should have a minimum of masters degree in nursing.
Earlier in his keynote address, the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, who was represented by the Majority Leader, Hon Sanai Agunbiade described the bill as timely.
Obasa stated that the Bill would further take care of the welfare of the people of the state.
He added that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state is concerned about the healthcare of the people of the state.
Chairman of the House Committee on Health Services, Hon. Olusegun Olulade said in his welcome address that the bill was long overdue and that it is better late than never.
“We have taken the first and second reading of the bill and as we all know, we will never pass a bill into law without taking into consideration the vital inputs of stakeholders who have one thing or the other to do with the bill.
“Hence, our reason for gathering here today is to have your meaningful contributions to this important bill.
“The important roles of the nursing profession cannot be overemphasized and so to have qualified and competent nurses in the state, there is need for us to have a school that will produce quality nurses.
“A nursing school is different from other types of school because it is a type of educational institution, or part thereof, providing education and training to become a fully qualified nurse,” he said.
According to him, when the bill is finally passed into law, it would afford the people the opportunity in Lagos State to have a College which shall consist of Schools of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health Nursing.
He added that when established, the college would be responsible for the provision of courses of instruction, training and other facilities in health related issues and to make these facilities available on proper terms to such persons as are eligible to benefit from them amongst other objectives.
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