By Chioma Ndife
The Management of College of Nursing Sciences, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Adazi-Nnukwu, Anaocha LGA, Anmanbra State, plans for the College to commence an exchange programme with foreign health institutions to enable the students and staff to explore opportunities for the maximization of potentials.
The plan to commence the foreign exchange programme for students and staff of the College was disclosed to Fides on Saturday, December 14, during the capping/matriculation of midwifery and pioneer nursing Students of the College.
Fides learnt that the plan was conceived based on the suggestions put forward to the management by Prof. Philip Ilozumba, who chaired the capping/matriculation ceremony of 2019/2020 set of students of the College, of the immense benefits which the students and staff would gain from the exchange programme.
Putting forward his suggestion, Prof. Ilozumba, former Head, Department of Animal Sciences, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojoukwu University, Igbariam Campus, explained that it was important that the College and other health delivery systems in Nigeria began exchange programmes with those institutions Nigerians visited to get health services outside the nation. He maintained that the exposure to be gained from the exchange programme would help in improving the health system.
He identified attitude as one of the greatest problems facing the Nigerian health system, saying that Nigeria had better qualified healthcare practitioners than most countries where Nigerians travelled to for Medicare. He called for a change of attitude among health workers for better results to be achieved in the health system within the country.
Reacting to the suggestion, the Administrator of St. Joseph’s Hospital, Adazi-Nnukwu, Fr. Jerome Okafor, described the suggestion as a welcome idea which would be explored after due consultation and approval by the proprietor, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese. He expressed optimism that the college would explore opportunities inherent in exchange programmes and ensure that the College would keep brazing the trail in area of nursing.
He stated that the College would commence the exchange programme with countries in West Africa before venturing into the shores of America and Euro due to the financial intensity of the programme.
For her part, the Provost of the College, Mrs. Francisca Atakulu, said the exchange programme to be embarked upon by the College would bring a better attitudinal change among health workers. She said that the students of the college through the exchange programme would be better positioned to correct the stereotype associated with the nursing profession. She said that the college, having produced the overall best in the March 2019 Nursing and Midwifery Council Final Qualifying Examination for Midwifes in Nigeria, would maximize the gains of an exchange programme to keep beating other Colleges of Nursing Science in Nigeria.
Also Speaking, the Proprietor of the College, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, reaffirmed that the College Management would take extra steps to ensure that people who graduated from the College were those who would offer quality health services in an exceptional way. He stated that the conducive environment required for effective learning would be maintained, saying that an environment had great input in the excellence to be recorded by students.