The Nursing Council of Kenya has identified at least five fake nursing training institutions which do not meet minimum requirements to offer the course. Subsequently the council has put on notice the rogue institutions offering substandard nursing courses to upgrade or face closure.
The chief executive officer of NCK, Ms Edna Tallam, however, in an interview with the Nation, declined to name the affected institutions that face immediate de-registration.
Ms Tallam assured Kenyans that the council is determined to make sure only qualified institutions offer the critical course.
“We are concerned as a council on the increasing half-baked nursing graduates who are incompetent and are handling the lives of millions of Kenyans on a daily basis,” she said.
The CEO said the clean-up exercise would be extended to all counties.
“So far we have started in Nairobi but our ultimate goal is to visit all the 47 counties and inspect both the private and government sponsored institutions to ensure they conform with the standards,” said Ms Tallam.
She was speaking at PCEA Nakuru Nursing College where the board member toured and inspected facilities at the institution on Wednesday evening.
“We must eliminate the quacks who are giving the nursing profession a bad name,” said the NCK boss.
The national chairman of the National Nurses Association of Kenya, Mr Alfred Obengo, warned training institutions purporting to train nurses without the approval of the board that their days are numbered.
“We are coming for you and we shall deal with you and make sure you face the full force of the law,” said Mr Obengo, who is also the chairman of the disciplined and ethics committee at the nursing board.
“The nursing profession is about human lives and we shall not allow quacks to gamble and experiment with the bodies of Kenyans in their quest to earn illegal money,” he said.
Mr Obengo also raised concern over the mushrooming of nursing schools which were producing half-baked nurse saying: “We shall mop out from the system some of the half-baked nurses in our hospitals who are mistreating patients because they were ill-trained.”
A board member Mr Kinuthia wa Mwangi said that major reforms were underway to streamline the operations of the council to ensure the citizens get top of the range services from more than 60,000 registered nursing in the country.
So far the council has inspected institutions in Nairobi, Nakuru and Uasin Gishu counties.
The Nursing Council of Kenya has inspected institutions in Nairobi, Nakuru and Uasin Gishu counties.
By Francis Mureithi
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