Student’s suicide: Ogun clamps down on illegal nursing institutions 

In reaction to the death of a 300level student of Harvarde College of Science Business and Management Studies, Obada, an enforcement team comprising Ogun state Ministry of Health and members of the State Nursing and Midwifery Committee (SNMC), have sealed the Nursing Department of the institution.

A student, known as Ajoke allegedly committed suicide Monday after discovering that the institution is not accredited to offer the course of which she was already in its 3rd year. 

Speaking during the enforcement exercise, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Kayode Oladehinde, stated that such unauthorised programmes contributed to quackery in the profession which posed a threat to the health of the populace, adding that the Nursing Department of the institution would remain closed until fully accredited.

Oladehinde, represented by the acting director of Nursing Services, Serifat Aminu, described a degree in nursing obtained from Harvarde College and similar institutions without NMCN accreditation as worthless, adding that graduates from such schools would be denied license to practice in Nigeria and other parts of the world.

“We have discovered that many institutions, including Harvarde College, offer nursing degrees to unsuspecting students. Our mission is to clamp down on such institutions because they end up producing quacks in the nursing profession. This is dangerous for society. Unfortunately, most students are unaware that their time is being wasted,” he said.