FG To Enroll 100,000 Nurses By The End Of 2024

As the Federal Government continues to put in effective measures to achieve universal health coverage in Nigeria even through the provision of accessible, affordable, and qualitative healthcare services, strategic efforts are geared towards increasing and upscaling human resources for health.

Honourable Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Tunji Alausa , has said that the Federal Government, leveraging on existing infrastructures in FMCs across the country, had set a target of enrolling 100,000 nurses by the end of 2024.

He said this at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on behalf of the Federal Government and Plateau State Government on the takeover and upgrade of General Hospital Wase to Federal Medical Centre Wase and National Orthopedic Hospital Jos held in Abuja.

Informing that 65000 nurses had already been enrolled in nursing schools across the country, Dr. Tunji explained that the Government had mandated all FMCs in the country to establish nursing schools within their facilities and noted that one will also be cited in FMC Wase.

The Minister stated that the takeover which was one of many across the different geopolitical zones was part of the government’s effort to reduce physical and financial pain of Nigerians through the provision of accessible, qualitative, and affordable healthcare services.

And expressed gratitude to states for providing the necessary support to the Federal Government. He mentioned that the Government had recently concluded talks with Lagos State on converting the state’s College of Medicine to the University of Health Science.

Further stating that 500 medical students will be admitted at the start of the university’s academic session in September and that other states Ogun and Kwara had indicated interest in developing such partnerships.

He went on to thank the Executive Governor of Plateau State, H.E Caleb Mutfwang, for his efforts in ensuring the take-over process was seamless and assured him of the ministry’s continued support to the state, adding that the upgraded facilities will deliver optimum and quality services to Plateau state and environs as well as provide employment for the people of the state. He also appealed to the Governor to look into more collaborative arrangements with the Federal Government.

In his response Governor Mutfwang, commended the efforts of the Minister and its leadership in carrying out the mandate of the President Tinubu-led administration. He acknowledged that the take-over was essential for improving access and quality of healthcare services not just to Plateau but also to neighboring states.

While pledging the state’s continued support of Federal Government efforts, he called on the federal government to intervene in the issue with the students of the Department of Dentistry at the University of Jos.

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