The recent feat achieved by the Honorable minister of health Prof. Isaac Adewole in stemming the suffering and pains of intending and potential medical interns is indeed laudable. Before now, medical interns had to suffer treacherous journeys around the country and extortion searching for placement for the mandatory one year internship program. You would recall as published on the Nursingworld website, The Minister had announced that FEC had approved the ministries central placement plan for medical interns.
According to the statement credited to the Minister - "Hope is alive for our new medical graduates and the backlog unable to find placement at institutions - a criteria for their full registration. Prof Adewole further added that MDCN will from 2018 implement central program to place, post and fund available 4,461 horsemanship /internship training spaces across Nigeria
We at Nursingworld Nigeria and Nigerian nurses in general are deeply saddened by the stance taken by the minister to exclusively address this issue for the Medical doctors ONLY leaving out other interns like Nurses, pharmacists, medical laboratory scientist to wallow in agony, extortion and peril searching for placement positions.
This singular act of biased disposition by the federal ministry of health has exposed the favoritism that our professional association NANNM (National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives) has always accused the ministry of. We cannot at this time afford to further polarize the fragile peace in the health sector
While we applaud the Honourable minister for his role in the actualization of the commencement of one year internship program for graduates of the bachelor of Nursing science, we appeal to him as the Minister of health and not the 'minister of Doctors' to ensure that nursing graduates are mainstreamed into this central posting plan for interns
We call on the able leadership of NANNM, the Directorate of Nursing at the FMOH and our able Registrar at the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria to engage the ministry in dialogue to remedy this situation.
We also call on the Minsiter of health to urgently make a volte-face on this exclusive policy and ensure that graduates of nursing sciences and other health care professionals are carried along in this noble plan.
Nurse Jennifer Emelue
For: Nursingworld Nigeria