By David Agabi
James Ihoego, the Provost, College of Health Technology, Nkah, Benue State said for colleges and schools of health technology to maintain standards in teaching, training and administration, the Community Health Practitioners Registration Board of Nigeria must enforce guidelines and procedures during accreditation of courses and institutions, as well as periodic reevaluation.
Iheogo who stated this in an interview with AFRICA TODAY during the Board annual review held at the Green Minds Hotel, Utako Abuja, said it has become very imperative for the colleges to imbibe the ethics and norms of the profession for improve training and maintenance of standards.
Speaking further, Mr Iheogo advised students of health to uphold the virtues of hard work, discipline, loyalty and honesty, in order to accomplish their dreams and goals in life.
He maintain that effort must be put in place to engender accountability, probity and efficiency to promote efficiency and quality education
However, the Registrar, Community Health Practitioners Registration Board of Nigeria, Mr. Mohammed Adebayo advocate the need for all health institutions and practitioners to practice in accordance with ethics, norms and professional doctrine.
Adebayo stressed the need for practitioners to continue to strive for excellence and integrity while carrying out their functions.
The Registrar noted that the review is an event where critical areas of concern in the profession are discussed and attended to.
In his words” the essence of our meeting is to censor areas of concern in health as a profession and the board as an organisation, most especially things that will make our health institutions to progress and things that will make our members to function more effectively and deliver the evidence of the dividends of democracy and health deliverables to the grassroot”
On the issue of quarks in the profession, Mr. Adebayo calls on relevant security and anti-graft agencies to assist in fishing out those practicing illegally for prosecution so as to serve as deterrent to others.
“This issue is not to be left to practitioners alone, we need the support of the federal government, federal and state ministries of health, security agencies most especially the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to nib at the bud this evil minded people whose stock in trade is to create or establish illegal health institutions across the country”
He expressed joy that the ICPC branch in the board has been sensitising the health institutions particularly the illegal ones on the need to legitimise their establishments or face the consequences.
The Registrar therefore advised the students to take their studies seriously known too well that they are the leaders of tomorrow. And that they should raise the banner of health practitioners high, bearing in mind that they will take over from them in due time.
Highpoint of the event was drafting and adoption of communique which will serve as a new guide