By Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
The Canadian government through Global Affairs Canada with its implementing partners, WHO and Population Council, have donated three 32-seater buses and learning materials to the Bauchi State College of Nursing and Midwifery as part of efforts to ensure that there is human resource for the health sector in the state.
Other items donated included learning materials such as kits and models, books, computers and Internet facility. It has also sent teachers for further training out of which 10 are yet to come back. All these facilitated the partial accreditation of the college.
The Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria Christopher Thornley, who visited the state college Saturday, said Canada is interested in improving the health status of women and children in the state as well as build capacity of frontline health workers.
Thornley said Global Affairs Canada has invested much in the college to ensure that there is human resource for the health sector, adding: “The visit is therefore to see how items donated are used.”
The high commissioner said Bauchi State has been a worthy partner for the past 15 years which is why Canada has continued to provide assistance even as he encouraged the students to study hard and bring a change in the health indices of the state.