The Gombe State Government says it has cleared seven out of the 17 closed private colleges of health and technology in the state after complying with stipulated medical standards by the regulatory bodies.
Mr Zubairu Umar, Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice who is the Chairman of the committee set up to review and revalidate such health institutions, stated this at a briefing in Gombe on Monday.
Umar, who addressed newsmen shortly after the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting, presided over by Gov Inuwa Yahaya, said the decision to reopen the health tertiary institutions was reached at SEC.
He stated that the remaining 10 institutions would remain closed until the conditions for accreditation were met to ensure that only professionals were produced by the institutions.
He stated that the action taken by the state government to close the institutions was in the best interest of citizens of the state.
“This government is very much concerned about the welfare and health of its citizens and that’s why we took the necessary action to protect our citizenry.’’
Umar said the committee went round the 17 institutions to assess their files, number of students as well as verify their facilities to ensure they were up to standard.
According to him, the committee, having assessed the status of the institutions, was satisfied with the accreditation and status of seven out of the 17 sealed in March.
“These seven institutions are Fountain College of Health Science and Technology, Tumfure; Conformance College of Health Science and Technology, Billiri; Garkuwa College of Health Science and Technology, Gombe.
Others are Lamido School of Hygiene, Liji; Ummah College of Health Science and Technology; Dukku International College of Health Science and Technology and Haruna Rashid College of Health Science and Technology, Dukku.”
The commissioner said the council, based on the report of the committee, had accepted and ordered the immediate reopening of the schools to continue their operations.
He, however, cautioned the schools to continue operations based on the courses the committee had certified to have met the requirements and not to go beyond the certified courses.
He added that the other 10 schools would remain closed while students of those institutions were advised to relocate to schools with licences.
Explaining further, the state’s Commissioner for Health, Habu Dahiru, said the parameters used by government in assessing the institutions included accreditation with regulatory bodies, provision of standard structures like classrooms, laboratories and demonstration rooms.
Dahiru listed others to include the provision of clinics, library and e-learning facilities as well as the environment, regarding the security of students and staff.
He assured that the closed schools would be considered as soon as improvements on their status were made to fulfil the necessary requirements.
“They will also get permission to operate but for now, they fall short of the requirements.’’
Gombe State Government had in March, shut down all private colleges of health in the state over lack of accreditation and registration.
The action, according to the government is aimed at checkmating quackery among the health workers in the state.(NAN)
Medical Workers Raise Concern over Lack of Access to Quality Healthcare in Nigeria
By Laide Akinboade
National President of the Medical and Health Workers Union, MHWUN, Biobelemoye Josiah, said it was imperative for the Federal Government to do more in Nigeria’s health sector to enable Nigerians to have access to quality health care services.
Expressing concern over the parlous state of the nation’s hospitals, Josiah noted that the union would soon commission a five-star ultra-modern specialist hospital in the country to show example to the government and appropriate authorities in how to run hospitals.
Josiah spoke in Ado-Ekiti during a leadership skill and innovation training organized for young members of the Union in Southwest Zone.
Speaking on the theme ‘Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating A world For All Ages’, the union boss, who was represented by the Vice Chairman, Mr Adebisi Olufemi said the programme was organised to expose the youths to contemporary ways to lead the future generations.
According to him, “Our union is among the few that have profound respect for youths and we have encouraged our youths to participate in local and international programmes.
“It is important to note that elders have laid a good foundation for our union, we must ensure that we develop our youths to build on this solid foundation.
“If you look at the health sector it is not encouraging, our concern is the future of our young ones, if the government can not fix our health system we wonder what will be the fate of our coming generations.
“We must be sincere, the Federal government is not doing badly in terms of workers’ welfare but the unfortunate thing is the attitude of some Governors.
Yobe Establishes 4 Specialists, 8 General Hospitals – Official
Yobe government says it has establishdd four specialists and eight general hospitals to enhance delivery of quality healthcare services at the grassroots.
The Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Lawan Gana stated this at a news conference on Tuesday in Damaturu.
He said four general hospitals had been upgraded to specialist facilities in Buni Yadi, Postiskum, Gashua and Geidam while Machina, Yusufari and Jaji Maji healthcare centres upgraded to general hospitals.
Others were Babbangida, Bara, Buni-Gari, Yunusari and Asibitin Malam Baba, Nguru.
Gana disclosed that a Special Baby Care unit had been set up at Specialist Hispital, Gashua, while 20-bed capacity isolation centres established at Potiskum, Gashua and Yunusari Specialist Hospitals.
The commissioner said the state government also upgraded the Emergency Paediatric Unit and Trauma Centre at Specialist Hospital, Damaturu as well as provision of modern equipment at general hospital Damagum, Buni Yadi, Gashua, Potiskum, among others.
He commended Gov. Mai Mala Buni for his commitment towards transforming healthcare services in the state. (NAN)
PCN Destroy Drugs Worth over N100m
By Yagana Ali, Yola.
The Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN) has destroyed illicit and expired drugs worth over 100 million Naira in Adamawa state.
The PCN Adamawa State Chairman Ibrahim Talba, while briefing newsmen, said the drugs were seized from stands across the state as part of the organization’s efforts to rid the state of expired and fake drugs.
“Members of the public should always check the expiration date on any medicine they are buying,” he advised.
The Deputy Speaker of Adamawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Pwamakino Mankendo, who represented the Speaker, Iya Abbas, supervised the destruction at kwanna ware, a suburb in Yola, the state capital.
The speaker commended the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria, for not allowing these expired drugs to get back to the market, particularly in the rural areas.
He noted that “if these drugs get to the end users it will not only destroy the health of our people.”
Adamawa state National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Commander, Femi Agbolu who also spoke at the event said the drugs would be abused with concomitant adverse if allowed into society.
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