REGISTRAR, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), Dr. Farouk Umar, Abubakar, says nurses and midwives constitute the highest proportion of health professionals in Nigeria, hence the resolution of the council to fulfill its statutory mandate to provide quality nursing services and education.
Dr Abubakar made the remarks during the inauguration of the council’s new zonal office in Ibadan, saying that the council’s zonal office should ensure that the council can complement the availability of nursing services and education in different regions of the country.
According to Dr. Abubakar, the new NMCN zonal office is to serve Oyo, Osun and Kwara States but was established in Oyo State because the state is home to the largest number of nurses in South West Nigeria and that it is essential to the development of the nursing workforce.
He added, “Nursing has had a base in Oyo State. If you are looking for excellence in nursing education and practice, it is in Oyo State.
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Therefore, we need to establish an area office here to complement the availability of nursing services in this part of the country.
“Today the council has 16 zonal offices across the country to bring services closer to the people. Our statutory services have gone digital and people can access all of our services within 24 hours and get what they want. want within 24 hours.
Oyo State Commissioner of Health Dr. Taiwo Ladipo noted that the zone office will facilitate transactions with the council on nursing education, registration and other activities.
He said the state’s College of Nursing is being expanded to include the community midwifery program to impact public health, especially at the primary health care level.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary of the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency, Dr. Sola Akande, said nurses were major stakeholders in delivering health services and achieving coverage. Universal Health, and ensured the agency’s continued collaboration with the council in carrying out its mandates across the country.