Health regulatory bodies get governing boards

Gloria Essien, Abuja

The Nigerian minister of health Prof. Isaac Adewole has inaugurated the Governing Council/Boards of some of the Health Professional Regulatory Bodies under the Federal Ministry of Health.

He said that the inauguration of these Councils/Boards was a demonstration of the commitment of Federal Government of Nigeria towards strengthening the health sector by ensuring transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility.

The minister called for support for the vision of the present administration in promoting these core values and urged the councils and boards to discharge their duties be mindful of the need for efficient management of scarce resources at all times.

‘’ The inauguration of these Councils/Boards today is a demonstration of the commitment of Federal Government of Nigeria towards strengthening the health sector by ensuring transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility.  I therefore urge you to support the vision of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari in promoting these core values’’. The minister said.

Prof. Adewole however pointed out areas that must not be tampered with by the boards and councils.

’It is very important that I emphasise to you, that Government will not want you to be directly involved in day-to-day administration of the Institutions.  This function resides with the Registrars/Chief Executive. May I also add that  It is our expectation as Government that you will strengthen the resource base of the Institution, increase internally generated revenues, quality of services and training’,’ he said.

In his welcome remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Binta Adamu Bello, said that the motive of the inauguration of the councils and boards was to provide all health institutions in Nigeria the best standards of patient care in order to achieve the sustainable development.

’We look forward to a fruitful cooperation from the boards and advocate for a renewed culture in making ministry of health a more viable institution. Though we still have a long way to go, through joint efforts we will be able to reach our fundamental goal of achieving health for al,’’ Mrs. Bello noted.

Responding on behalf of the inaugurated boards and councils, the chairman of the board of Nursing and Midwives, Dr. Abosade Bola Ofi, promised that the board would carry out their duties with utmost professionalism.

She promised that the boards and councils would not disappoint the government.

The boards inaugurated are:

  1. Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria (N&MCN),
  2. Radiographers Registration Board of Nigeria (RRBN),

iii.     Dental Technologists Registration Board of Nigeria (DTRBN),

  1. Institute of Chartered Chemist of Nigeria (ICCON),
  2. Institute of Public Analysts of Nig. (IPAN),
  3. Dental Therapist Reg. Board of Nig. (DTHRBN).

The boards and councils were however warned to always follow Due Process in all their dealings.

 

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