The Cross River State School of Nursing and Midwifery located at Moore Road is today wearing a new look, courtesy of the Digital and pro-health Governor, Senator (Prof.) Ben Ayade, the workaholic Health Commissioner, Dr Betta Edu and reliable development partner, UNFPA. The School which produces outstanding Nurses and Midwives that are of immense service and support to the health sector needed a total overhaul following the recent rain storm in Calabar which further worsen the already bad state.
Speaking during the commissioning ceremony, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu reiterated the commitment of Senator (Prof.) Ben Ayade to bring about a revolution in the health sector, beginning from the health facilities to our health institutions, giving our students a comfortable learning environment.
The Honourable Commissioner in her speech, emphasized the importance of improving the quality of learning for health workers which is the foundation for quality performance in practice, adding that this will address the fundamental needs towards achieving Universal Health Coverage.
“Let me use this opportunity to thank His Excellency Senator (Prof.) Ben Ayade for always putting the Health Sector first as this has given Cross Riverians the required confidence to utilize the health system to meet their health needs. The revolution in the health sector is on with daily breakthroughs.
“Let me specially thank the UNHCR for their support so far to Cross River State and to the School, the entire Ministry of Health. I want to also charge the students to work hard so that this investment can be reflected in their next result. Let your studies be your priority as the best student for this school calendar year will go home with a N50,000 price.”
Dr Edu ended by encouraging the teachers to invest on the students, saying they are the future of Cross River State health sector and the world at large. She thanked everyone who made the work possible and commended them for the speed at which the work was delivered.
On her part, the Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Janet Ekpeyong, commended the work done at the School of Midwifery, stating that she was glad to be part of the revolution in the health sector. The DG advised the students to take advantage of the new rebranded school and study properly, while promising to absorb the health workers as soon as they are out.
Also, the Principal of the School, Dr Comfort Ekanem, thanked His Excellency the Governor for appointing a very pragmatic Health Commissioner who is dedicated, committed and result oriented. She thanked the Commissioner for all her efforts toward promoting Nursing and Midwifery Education, noting that there have been a massive turn around in the School ever since she was appointed.
Dr Ekanem further stated that the School now has a Demonstration Room, with state of the art equipment, general renovation and upgrade of classrooms, learning resources, books, digital lectures, among others.
The Representative of the Director of Nursing, Mr. Emmanuel Egwu also thanked the Honorable Commissioner for all her support to the Nursing Community.
High point of the event was the official commissioning of the school demonstration room, library books and other areas unveiled.
Present at the event were the SA on Health, Dr David Ushie, Dr Mina, Directors of the CRSMOH and other dignitaries.
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