From James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta
Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Suraju Ishola Adekunbi has stressed the need to move from the hospital based training of nurses, to the health management training aimed at producing more competent health care providers.
He said this necessitated the proposed Ogun state College of Nursing bill which is currently before the State House of Assembly.
The Speaker, stated this while declaring open a Stakeholders’ Forum on House Bill No: 37/OG/2013, titled: “A bill for a Law for the Establishment, Functions and Powers of the Ogun State College of Nursing and other matters incidental thereto or connected therewith”, at the Assembly Complex in Abeokuta.
Adekunbi, who was represented by Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, said the essence of the bill was to see to the upgrade of the existing Schools of Nursing in the State to a College that would produce highly competent professionals, health workers and scholars that would take the health sector to global reckoning.
According to Adekunbi, establishment of the Nursing College is meant to train quality health professionals that can compete favourably with their counterparts across the World.
Earlier in his address, Chairman, House Committee on Health, Hon. Aina Akinpelu, said the forum was part of efforts of the lawmakers in harnessing inputs of all stakeholders in ensuring an all-encompassing bill, submitting that the Senator Ibikunle Amosun’s administration was determined to entrench solid foundation for nursing profession in the State.
“The state, under the Amosun government, thought it wise that the health sector in the State deserves to be upgraded to the height where the workers in this sector can be better improved on their services to the good people of the State saying this necessitated the need for College of Nursing Law”, Akinpelu stated.
He explained that the bill would ensure total harmonization of the structure and organization as well as the management of existing schools of nursing across the state, provide studies and training in nursing and midwifery, public/family, health and development of techniques in applied sciences and other activities both on full time and part time basis leading to the award of diploma and Higher National Diploma certificates.
On his part, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka said that the present administration was committed to laying a solid foundation for the profession.