Prof. Tahir Mamman, Education Minister
By: Badaru Yakasai & Samuel Musa
To improve the health and well being of students at the Federal Unity Schools across the nation, the Nurses working at the Unity Schools have embarked on Continuing Professional Education and Training.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and the FCT Abuja Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programme organized the training in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education.
The programme includes special scientific session and training on adolescent sexual reproductive health and youth friendly services.
Declaring the scientific session and training opened, the Director Nursing Services of the FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Mrs. Grace Leo Musa, said this aspect of the educational programme was organized to further update the knowledge of Nurses working in Federal Unity Schools in the 36 states of the federation and Federal Capital Territory for quality service delivery.
She urged participants to take the training serious to enable them upgrade their knowledge of the practice of Nursing profession.
Describing the topic for the Special Scientific Session ‘’Adolescents Sexual Reproduction Health and Youth Friendly Services’’ as timely, the Director said Nurses working in Federal Unity Schools are faced with such challenges from students in the various schools.
According to her, these children are more vulnerable to the activities of sexual behavior in school and the knowledge gained from this training will build up participants to attend to such challenges.
Musa said that Nurses are required to always upgrade their knowledge of the profession in order to update their level of practice and the required skills.
She applauded the Federal Ministry of Education for giving Nurses working under the ministry the opportunity to upgrade their knowledge and skills through the training; adding that participants stand the advantage of gaining requisite knowledge to qualify for their license renewal to enable them continue and progress in the profession.
The Director reiterated that ‘’gone are the days when Nurses end their career at grade level (14-15) in the Civil Service’’ as Nurses with required professional qualification and certificate can equally attain the Directorate Cadre in the Federal Civil Service.
Speaking earlier, the Director of Nursing, National Hospital Abuja, Dr. Umar Aliyu welcomed the participants and encouraged them to use the knowledge acquired during the training into the professional practice as it will help them in solving the contemporary challenges they faced in their places of work.