By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The National Association of Provosts of Colleges of Health Sciences and Technology has appealed to the Federal Government to establish a Federal College of Health to address accreditation challenges in state-owned health colleges.
The Chairman of the association, Dr. Bayo Ojo made the call in a statement he jointly signed with Mr Nuhu Anyegwu, Public Relations Officer of the association and made available to the journalists in Lokoja
Ojo said all the Colleges of Health Sciences and Technology in the country were state-owned, established in 1976 when the federal government adopted the policy of primary healthcare delivery system.
“Right from that time up till now, those schools have not been accredited due to poor funding. If they were established by the federal government, there would have been funding coming from different quarters,” the Chairman observed.
He said that rather than establishing a well-funded Federal College of Health Sciences and Technology for sustainable high level training of middle cadre health personnel, successive administrations had left it for state governments to shoulder.
“In this country, we have both Federal and state universities, Colleges of Education, Polytechnics and other institutions of higher learning but there is no Federal College of Health, anyone you see is state-owned and they are characterized by poor funding,” Ojo said.
The Federal College of Health Sciences and Technology, according to him, will run courses and programmes in Community Health, Pharmacy Technician and Medical Laboratory technician.
Others are programmes in Ophthalmology technician, X-Ray technician, Public Health, Dental technician and dental technology as well as medical imagery and Bio-statistics.
In same vein, the Association of provosts also called on the West Africa Health Examinations Board (WAHEB) to stop further barn of Environment Health programmes being run by the colleges over alleged examination malpractices.
The chairman said that it was decided at the association’s July 12, meeting in Abuja, that the body frowned at the development and seriously warn that should the trend continue it would shift their base to Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON).
He urged WAHEB to always verify allegations thoroughly and ascertain the culpability of the institutions or individuals before meting out punishment.