. As nursing students break records in council exams
By Olakiitan Victor
In a bid to shore up professionalism and competence among Nigerian medical personnel, the Chief Medical Director of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti (FETHI), Dr. Majekodunmi Ayodele, has called for more thorough qualifying professional examinations being offered this category of workers in Nigeria.
He said though all the medical professionals in the country have statutory qualifying examinations offered the students at the final year level, these examinations must be rejigged to foster competence and dedication by members.
Ayodele said these in Ido Ekiti on Thursday while celebrating the 100 percent passes recorded by the 39 final year students of the School of Nursing of the health institution in the professional examination conducted by Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
The CMD expressed surprise that the first set of the three years old institution could record this sterling feat , in spite of challenges of dearth of personnel and facilities it encountered at inception.
“This is a very rare feat in this country for the final year of an institution that is just three years old to pass all the examinations. I want to commend the staff of this school, particularly the Chairman, Medical Advisory Council, Dr Raymond Okere, who superintends over this school for his dedication.
“This is as a result of competence and thorough dedication to duty. We are committed to raising the bar of medical practice in this hospital and we are starting by producing students that can compete anywhere across the globe.
“The management will compensate all the graduating students and their lecturers during convocation to serve as impetus to those coming behind because this is a feat we cannot but sustain”, he said.
The principal of the institution, Mrs Foluso Adelegan, said the outcome of the examinations has justified the much touted ‘motto’ of the institution to be a trailblazer in the area of academics in the country, to prevent people from traveling abroad for medical treatment .
“We don’t condone incompetence here, neither do we over-pamper our students. All we were able to do was to get ourselves ready for more sacrifices and see that students are made to see hardwork as a way of life.”