, At Al-Mansoura University, Egypt
Kano state government has spent over N303 million in sponsoring 50 indigenes of the state for a 3-year degree programme in Nursing Education, at Mansoura University, Al-Mansoura, Egypt.
Beneficiaries of the special scholarship will on return, serve as nursing and midwifery tutors at the three new health institutes established by the government namely, School of Nursing Madobi, College of Health Technology, Bebeji and School of Post-Basic Midwifery, Gabasawa.
Similarly, the government has engaged 10 expatriate tutors and eight doctors from the same university to man the state health institutions before the 50 students return home on completion of their educational pursuit.
The state governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso who disclosed this on Thursday during a farewell ceremony for the students at the Government House, Kano, explained that the aim is to “improve on the much needed manpower as well as enhance the capacity of the available resource within the health sector”.
“It is in this regard that the state went into partnership with Mansoura University, Egypt to train our nursing and midwifery tutors as well as send their tutors on quarterly basis to fill in the gap in our health institution”, Governor Kwankwaso pointed out.
He added that “this is to further demonstrate our commitment towards improving and providing qualitative and affordable healthcare service in the state and beyond.”
The governor also revealed that plans are in the offing, by the state government, to sponsor 500 secondary school leavers to study overseas, in various medical and paramedical disciplines, especially Psychiatric Nursing, Medical Health Planning, Dental Therapy and Technology, Radiography and Intensive care nursing among others, during the next academic year.
Therefore, the governor advised the beneficiaries of the special scholarship to maximize the opportunity given to them by working hard to secure the desired certificates and expertise expected from them.
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Abubakar Labaran Yusuf said his ministry is working relentlessly towards provision of qualified manpower and modern facilities in all primary and secondary health centers in the state.
Representative of UNICEF in Nigeria, Melissa Carkum said investment in Nurses is investment in the welfare of women and children, which UNICEF is line with the organization’s mandate. She, therefore, assured that the partnership between the organization and the state government on polio eradication and other health issues would be sustained.
On his part, the President of Al Mansoura University, Prof. Ahmed Abdel Khaliq represented by Dr. Ibrahim Na Kwarai, disclosed that the university, which is among the top three universities in Egypt, has experienced personnel and world-class facilities to give qualitative education, adding that the medical doctors and tutors engaged from the university, by the state government, would assist in tremendously in repositioning the state’s health institutions.
Former governors of Cross Rivers and Jigawa states, Mr. Donald Duke and Saminu I. Turaki respectively, who graced the occasion, praised Kwankwaso for devoting resources to human and infrastructural development noted that his efforts have transformed Kano in a very short time.
During the occasion, 10 out of the 44 local government areas in the state were awarded with trophies for their outstanding performance during the last cycle of polio immunization.