The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has said the government plans to train over 600 nurses and midwives with the reopening of the state-owned school of Nursing and Midwifery in Benin City.
Obaseki who spoke to journalists at the weekend after inspecting the ongoing remodeling and refurbishment work at state school, said re-accreditation for the institution is ongoing as it will be officially opened to students in September.
The governor reassured that his administration is committed to the training of world-class health practitioners and building of infrastructure to deliver quality healthcare services to Edo people.
He maintained that the state School of Nursing and Midwifery, when fully in session, has the capacity of accommodating 600 students yearly.
According to him, “Every health care system is based on qualified manpower; you can’t think of a health care system without thinking about how to train and prepare people to deliver quality healthcare.
“A key category of staff you need in any health facility is nurses and Midwives. After the doctor has completed a surgery, somebody needs to take care of the patients. And the quality of nursing care is very critical in any health care system.”
He added: “For us as a government, we are determined in building a school that the standards are above the national accreditation standards; an institution that the admission process is one that brings in the best so that we can train world-class nurses.
“We want nurses trained at this facility to be able to practice here or anywhere in the world; that is the kind of school that we are building.”