The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Sa’ad Abukakar III, has lamented inadequate human resources in the Nigeria’s health sector, saying that there is a need for more schools of health.
Sultan Sa’ad made the statement at the formal commissioning of the maiden privately owned Hill College of Nursing Sciences in Jos, the Plateau State capital, being the first of it’s kind in the North Central part of Nigeria.
Represented by the Emir of Dass, His Royal Highness, Othman Bilyaminu Othman, the Sultan explained that it is necessary for well to do individuals to support the college.
“We are mindful of the fact that we are having so much challenges in healthman power in our hospitals both public and privately owned, particularly in the area of nursing and midwifery,” he said.
Sultan Sa’ad said it is important for private individuals to follow the footprints of Hajiya Nafisa Umar, the proprietress of Hill College of Nursing Science Jos.
: “The work of healthcare should not be left to Government or religious bodies alone,” he added.
On his part, Emir Othman Bilyaminu Othman, said the shortage of manpower is challenging in his Bauchi State, where they have more than twenty general hospitals, than fourteen cottage hospitals, and more than 1,500 health facilities across the state.
“Where can we get manpower to look after these hospitals,” he queried.
Emir Othman said looking at Nigeria’s population, compared to a policy of admitting only 150 nurses or midwifes, is grossly inadequate.
“Is a very big challenge, but we thank Allah that today Hajiya has taken the bull by the horns, a giant stride that requires our support,” he said.
Emir Othman thereafter, commissioned the college, praying Allah to keep it going for the safety of humanity.
The proprietress of the college, Hajiya Nafisa Umar, said she’s had special passion for the nursing profession since her secondary school period in order to care for the sick and save the lives of the innocent citizens particularly women and children who die before, during and after delivery due to prolonged labour and postpartum hemorrhage.
“One day, I suddenly came up with a mindset of establishing this college for the training of nurses and midwives so that my dreams will be achieved through others,” she said.
She said her struggle from 2014 has now led to the establishment of Hill College of Nursing Sciences in Jos.
Provost of the college, Dr. Abdullahi Isma’il, said the institution is the first private college of nursing sciences owned by a single, non-nurse female individual in Plateau State and ihe entire North Central.
He said the college has so far admitted students from nine states, cutting across the country, adding that it has entered MoU with five hospitals in Plateau and Bauchi for the training of its students.
“Research findings in the year 2019, indicated:That there were 126 Nursing and Midwifery schools in the South and only 83 in the North despite the giant population of Africa.