By Oluwaseyi Adesina
The challenges of inadequate qualified healthcare personnel and brain drain in the health sector would soon be reduced to barest minimum as Imo State College of Nursing and Midwifery, is set to produce world class healthcare givers.
Speaking during the First Decoration/ Matriculation ceremony of the College, Prof. Jonathan Nnadozie, a Professor of Optometry and Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Imo State University, Owerri, disclosed that there was dire need of well trained and qualified nursing and midwifery professionals in the nation’s health sector and expressed hopes that graduates of the college would be well prepared to fill the gap.
Nnadozie who was the cahriamn of the occassion, thanked the Imo State government for establishing such a world class health institution as well as making it among the free education tertiary institutions in the state.
He appealed to the government for more funding to complete some of the ongoing projects at the College.
He expressed optimism that with combined efforts of the management and staff of the college, and continued funding by the government, the final accreditation would be attained soon.
While congratulating the students, he charged them to approach their studies with required seriousness and dedication and make good use of the opportunity to study under the state government’s free education policy.
“I congratulate you as you embark on an academic journey which will transform you into professional nurses and produce the much needed professional manpower of which our state and the society at large are in dire need of.
Earlier in her address, the acting provost said the college was established by the Rochas Okorocha’s administration in response to the genuine yearnings of the people to expand the existing health institution in the state.
Agu who recounted various challenges affecting the growth and smooth running of the college on assumption of office; such as lack of science laboratories and equipment; poorly equipped library and ICT centres, noted that with “the prompt intervention of the state Governor, they were able to solve some of them.
“Like the proverbial Oliver Twist, your Excellency, we are still hungry. More professional books are needed at the library as well as more computers at the ICT unit. Additional equipment, drugs and personnel are needed at the college medical center. And most importantly, we urgently need nurse educators in other to put these equipment to proper use and enhance learning at the college.”
She however, maintained that the task of building a world class health institution should not be left in the hand of the government alone and called on spirited Imo indigenes and well meaning Nigerians and organizations to assist the state government in its efforts