All is set for Rivers State School of Nursing to be demolished and reconstructed to become Nursing Training Facility for Medical Sciences of Rivers State University.
The National University Commission sent a delegation to Rivers state for a resource verification exercise at the Rivers State University Medical Science Faculty.
There were two teams that visited. One was constituted of those concerned with medical studies and other aspects of the medical sciences. The other team was concerned with training of nurses and requisite facilities already put in place for such purposes.
Specifically, the teams were in the state to ascertain the state of readiness of facilities, teaching staff and other category of personnel of the medical college and the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital
Rivers State governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike said his administration is judiciously deploying financial resources for the development and funding of the medical college at the Rivers State university for the good of Rivers people
Governor Wike gave the assurance when he hosted the two teams of Medical and Nursing personnel from the National University Commission, NUC, at government house, port Harcourt.
The state chief executive said the motivation to start a medical studies at the Rivers State university is because of the shortage of health professionals in the state.
He explained that though the investment is huge, the benefits are sufficient justification that the state university can train all categories of health professionals including the training of nurses.
Governor Wike stated the need to demolish the structures at the Rivers State school of Nursing because they cannot meet any integrity test.
He said the current students of nursing will be moved to the school of midwifery while the construction last.
The governor also assured of speeding up the work at the clinical service unit, complete the hostel for clinical students and endeavour to meet other requirements that will secure needed accreditation.
He said the medical college is a legacy project of his administration and it will be funded to required standard.
Leader of the delegation , Prof M.B. T Umah commended the extent of investment and facilities already provided at the various cites of learning of medical sciences of the state university and made some observations for speedy attention of the governor to secure the required accrediting for course at the media college.