Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, yesterday, said the ongoing remodeling and refurbishment work at the state-owned School of Nursing and Midwifery in Benin City has reached completion stage, noting that all is set for the institution’s final accreditation and reopening.
Obaseki disclosed this during an inspection of facilities at the institution ahead of the accreditation team’s visit this weekend.
He was accompanied by Commissioners for Health, Prof. Obehi Akoria; Budget and Planning, Mrs. Otse Momoh-Omorogbe; Education, Dr. Joan Osa-Oviawe; Physical Planning and Urban Development, Isoken Omo; Water Resources, Moses Agbukor; Mining, Gas and Oil, Ethan Uzamere, and Local Government, Monday Osaigbovo, among others.
The governor, who expressed satisfaction with the pace of work at the institution, noted: “This work is 95 per cent ready; we expect that before the end of the month, it will be fully ready and by the middle of November 2021, we would have received full accreditation and students who have gone through the admission process will resume.
“Rebuilding the nursing school to international standard has become key for this administration; it’s what has translated to what you see here today.”
According to him, “We are here for a pre-accreditation visit as the accreditation team will be here this weekend. I am here today to see things for myself and ensure it’s ready for the team to inspect. Staff have been recruited; work on the physical structure is on; equipment for the demonstration laboratory has been purchased and by the weekend, all of these will be installed.”
Obaseki, who restated his government’s commitment to ensuring the health of Edo residents, said his administration’s continuous investment in the healthcare sector would dissuade the people from health tourism.
“We don’t make noise about our projects but the people should be the ones to commission the projects themselves,” he said.
He stated further: “We have continued to make improvements in our human capacity development. As a government, we will continue to build the human capacity of our people, as physical infrastructure alone will not do it.
“Doctors are only one segment of the healthcare chain as nurses are key elements of the chain; they provide care after the doctors have done their consultations and operations.”
Obaseki added: “This is part of the medical hub we are putting in place in Edo State. We have put in place the health insurance scheme and we would be laying the foundation for the expansion of Stella Obasanjo Hospital to provide additional healthcare services to Edo people.”