By Chris Chimezie
The Technical Committee set up by the Ondo State Government on the takeover of the state School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Medical Village by the University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED), has submitted its report.
Chairman of the committee and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Administrative and Policy Planning, Mr. Jones Ogunmusire during the presentation of the report, said the committee recommended that the School of Nursing and Midwifery be merged with UNIMED.
Ogunmusire said the committee whose members were drawn from the Ministries of Education and Health, Hospitals Management Board (HMB), Civil Service Commission and Office of Establishment met to look into the modalities for the takeover of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, as well as look into the status of the Medical University with regards to the Medical Village.
He noted that the committee, having looked into the technicalities of the takeover of the school, realised that it is in line with the decision of the Nursing Council of Nigeria, which states that all Nursing institutions must be affiliated to the University.
Ogunmusire added that the committee has accordingly, recommended that the School of Nursing and Midwifery be part of the department of Nursing of the Medical University.
“As for the Medical Village that houses the Trauma Centre, the Kidney Centre, the Gani Fawehinmi Diagnostic Centre, it is the thinking of the committee, that we should have Teaching Hospital that would be called ‘The University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital.
“While the University will be made to be under the control of the Ministry of Education, the UNIMED Teaching Hospital will be under the control of the Ministry of Health,” he said.
He stated that the committee had accordingly, listed all the names of the staff members that are currently in the hospital who will have the option of joining either the UNIMED Teaching Hospital or stay with the Hospitals Management Board.
“We are presenting this, so that the appropriate law can be put in place for the institution of the UNIMED hospital and also for the acceleration of the takeover of the School of Nursing and Midwifery”, he concluded.
Earlier, Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), who commended the committee for a job well done, said other nursing and midwifery schools could be set up under the University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED) Ondo.
He explained that it would be a good development for all the schools to be attached to UNIMED instead of setting up separate schools.
“I am happy that the Nursing Council has also supported this position and the committee has looked into it.
“The issue of the medical school having a teaching hospital is not for me to decide, it is for the committee to decide.
“The committee has recommended but I will still give my opinion which is why different ministries will run a facility. All these institutions can be part of the University.”
He further assured that the recommendations of the committee would be implemented with a view to meeting the session next year.