BY HANINA ALIYU USMAN
Despite the various tertiary health institutions spread across the state and nation-wide, health personnel are still grossly inadequate, hence the need to maintain and manage the existing ones through good headship to at least attend to some reasonable extent the ever- increasing demands of people.
Kebbi State School of Nursing and Midwifery was established by the former governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Muhammad Adamu Aliero, with the intent to serve the people of Kebbi State. In each local government headquarters there is a general or comprehensive health facility to be manned by our nurses and doctors.
DESERT HERALD visited the school on a fact- finding mission and met some lecturers who craved for anonymity but told DESERT HERALD that the state of the school is very bad, academically and infrastructure wise, while the new leader of the school has reduced it to a mere secondary school. He added that he runs the school like a personal property, “when he takes decisions- good or bad – even to the detriment of the school, he doesn’t revisit it.” He lamented that introductory students numbering about 107 passed examination but he intentionally reduced ten marks from the score of each student, which led to the withdrawal of fifty students for no just reason.
The lecturer stated that during Bala’s time outcome of National Council Examination result was hundred percent (100%) and when retired from active service the person that took over as acting director and was able to secure ninety six percent. Now recent result released by the council, according to him, was only six students out of twenty six (26) passed while two students were expelled, saying it’s the poorest result in the history of the school.
Another lecturer told DESERT HERALD that disinfectants meant for the washing of both students and lecturers were refused by the man, he only gives after three months which he said is inadequate and jeopardizes the health of students and lecturers. He added that another annoying thing is the sale of admission forms which he said the man closed three days after the commencement of the sales. Such action, he said, is tantamount to denying candidates with good result from getting admission in the school. On the part of the students, constant harassment in the class and decaying infrastructure is the problem, as according to them, the man goes to their class intimidating them, saying their number is much, he will reduce them to only fifty (50). This leaves them panicking and unable to concentrate on their study due to the fear he has instilled in them.
Another student sobs says “am appealing to the new governor Atiku Bagudu to please come and save the school from total collapse, as some of our lecturers told us that if the situation persists they will flee.”
Pundits believe that Kebbi State government must wade in to salvage the ugly trend and save the future of health- care delivery in the state. Already a lot is required to turn around Kebbi State health sector to meet the needs of the people through good leadership and proper checks and balances in the health sector.