Christiana Gokyo, Jos
PLATEAU STATE – Provost of College of Nursing & Midwifery, Vom, Mr Luka Dung Gaji, has appealed to the state government to help in completing the permanent site of the college to enable them commence development of some training colleges which are scattered across the state.
He also appealed to the national body to increase the numbers of students admitted into the school of midwifery to improve from 50 to 100 each, to reduce the teaching for health care workers and to also upgrade enrollment in the colleges.
“The major challenges of the institutions is shortage of manpower factors,” while challenging the effective running of the college in recent times.
Mr Gaji disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Von on Monday, in anticipation of a team of national body of Nursing/Midwifery of Nigeria at Vom, near Jos.
The Provost explained further that, the institution has been hard hit by shortage of manpower development to boost the needs of rural cottage hospitals in providing to clinics.
According to him, with the lifting of the ban on employment by Governor Simon Lalong administration, the institution believed that they can overcome the problem associated with manpower of the college.
Mr Gaji noted that, “There are many of the retirees, and some have died. So, we need a total replacement,” and commended the governor for lifting the ban on employment of staff, which might allow the college to employ.
The college was established by the Mission Hospital, then headed by Dr Percy Barren in 1922, to train hospital workers, who will manage the various units of the growing hospitals that led to the initial training programme, starting with the training of two women, namely, Kangyang and Garos, who were taught on basic hygiene and midwifery.
He maintained that the institution in modern Midwifery started in the late 1940 and in the 1950 when young women trained in two years and sat for the government exams to qualify as grade II midwives.
“We are expecting a team of Midwifery and Nursing Association of Nigeria. We had the accreditation sometimes in 2015; since then, we are now going to be accrediting another batch of professionals to encourage and improve standard treatment of manpower,” Gaji said.
Mr Gaji revealed that the main problem of the college is that of structure and physical facilities to fix the college to meet up the international standard for training and retraining of its work force.
The provost said since he came on board, there has never been any problem of cultism. “We are facing lives; so, we take the issue of cultism very serious; but any student found wanting would be sent away.”
He lamented the problems of manpower as being a national challenge whereby most government hospitals are suffering it today, adding that “our rural one, too, has been closed down.”