The number of nurses and midwives at the health facilities in the country is not enough to render effective health care delivery services to the teeming Nigerian populace.
The Chairman of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigerias Alhaji Mustapha Jumare made the assertion yesterday in Bauchi. during the opening ceremony of the council’s Examiners’ workshop with the theme ‘’ professional examination for nurses and midwives in Nigeria: prospects and challenges in a technological era’’.
Jumare, who noted that nurses and midwives contribute immensely towards the development of the health sector in the nation however observed that the number of the nurses and midwives accredited by the council is 250, 000 which is too little for the Nigerian population of over 150 million citizens.
He, therefore, called on the Colleges of Nursing and midwifery across the country to increase their admissions to interested applicants just as he asked the federal and state governments to recruit more nurses and midwives in their hospitals ‘’ because without them, our health facilities cannot survive’’.
He explained that the workshop which had participants from all the 36 states of the federation was aimed at improving the skills of examiners to effectively assess candidates during schools or the council’s professional examination in order to produce competent nurse and midwife practitioners.
‘’ At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to utilize the knowledge of information and communication technology , demonstrate skills in constructing objectives and essay test items as well as identify and proffer solutions to the new challenges in professional examination, administration and evaluation among others.