…as 96 nurses, health assistants graduate
By Chioma Obinna
National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi Lagos, NOHIL has been awarded interim accreditation for its Federal College of Orthopaedic Technology, FECOT, by the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE even as the Hospital graduated 96 students from its Schools of Post Basic Nurses and Orthopaedic Health Assistant.
Announcing the feat at a joint convocation ceremony in Lagos, the Medical Director, Dr. Olurotimi Odunubi who described the accreditation as a dream come true said the school is now a full-fledged polytechnic.
Odunubi added that the school will now serve as a department in FECOT, award Ordinary and Higher National Diploma. The medical Director also explained that the students can also progress to Masters Degree and PHDS and can rise to any level in the medical academic world.
He however regretted that for new set of students for 2015\2016, they would have to face the challenge of coming in through Joint Administration and Matriculation Board, JAMB. Explaining why the accreditation became necessary, he said over 65 percent of orthopaedic specialists passed through the tertiary institution.
“We must keep increasing standards. The institution was set up to provide services, research and training and we must strive to fulfil these responsibilities.”
Also commenting on the joint graduation, he noted that the two schools of basic nurses are very important schools as the country is still lacking in the specialities – Accident and Emergency nursing as well as orthopaedic nursing.
“Producing specialist nurses in these fields will fill the gap which is why the schools were established in the first place.” He advised the graduands to be good ambassadors of the Schools.
In her address, School Principal, Post Basic Nurses, Mrs. Bamidele Adegunju said the two schools were aimed at preparing professionally competent and skilled nurses that will provide high standards of relevant nursing care to the injured, critically ill- patient and traumatised patients at all levels of care.
While commending the management of NOHIL, she said more efforts should be made for the school to progress from partial accreditation to full accreditation.
She further appealed for a modern hostel for students which would in turn be a source of revenue generation to the Hospital. Speaking, the Coordinator Orthopaedic, Health Assistant School, Mr. Ibraheem Kayode urged the graduands to make use of their entrepreneurial training to market themselves.