• Honourable Commissioner

School Of Midwifery

MRS. ELIZABETH A. OKANKWU
Principal School Of Midwifery

The Rivers State School of Midwifery, Port Harcourt has the motto “DEVOTION AND INTEGRITY”, with a vision of producing midwives who will compete with other trained midwives in the world to provide high level health care to individuals and families in homes, communities, health centres, and hospitals in the rural and urban centres of the socie

ACHIEVEMENTS

The achievements made so far by the Rivers state government include;-

1. Purchase of three vehicles for use by the THE PRINCIPAL, staff and students to ease transportation problems encountered during official activities to hospitals and communities to  supervise students throughout training periods.

2. Equipments supplied to tutors, students conference rooms e.g. television set, sets of upholsteries, refrigerators and air conditioners allow relaxation and change of activities for refreshment.

3. The floor tiles at front of student hostel checks erosion and beautifies the school.

4. Photocopying machine accelerates administrative functions and conduct of examination.

GOALS/MILESTONES

The goal of training midwives include the millennium development goals 4 and 5, reduction in child mortality and improved maternal health in which midwives play a prominent role. It is stipulated that by the year 2015 maternal deaths must be reduced to a minimum of 75%. However, barriers militating against training of midwives in Rivers State may make this percentage to be far reaching.

STRATEGIC & PERFORMANCE

ü        The Rivers state is to establish more than one midwifery training school to meet up with needed manpower in our rural communities and hospitals to reduce the alarming rate of maternal/infant mortality and morbidity in our state.

ü        Amendment of the law establishing the college of health science and technology that includes schools of Nursing and midwifery so that training would be smooth.

ü        Performance plan include putting more pressure on the government to hasten the above strategic plan as we have enough professionals to take up the training of midwives at higher scientific levels.

PROFILE

PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS:

ü        Qualified as a general trained nurse in 1974 and as a midwife in 1976 from the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

ü        Qualified as a Midwife Tutor in 1981 from the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu. She participated in an in-house management workshop/training programme organized by the Rivers State Ministry of Health in 1988.

In 2001, KARIKPO DEEZIA HANNAH attended HIV/AIDS counselling workshop organized by Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives outside the state.

In 1996, she attended a workshop on life saving skills for midwives organized by the Federal Ministry of Health and UNFPA at Ibadan.

In November 2005, she attended the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) at TOPO-BADAGRY on a course for Advanced Personnel/Human Resources Management organized by the Rivers State Ministry of Health and assisted by the Health System Development Project (HSDP-II).

Since her qualification, she had worked in the General Hospital (Teaching Hospital) Port Harcourt from 1978-1979, Abua General Hospital 1979-1980, as a midwife tutor from 1981-2008 at the Rivers State School of Midwifery, Port Harcourt.

APPOINTMENTS

From 1986-2008 appointed a Nursing and Midwife Council of Nigeria examiner.

From 1988-1995 served the National Association of Nigeria Nurses as the State Council Financial Secretary.

From 1995 to date is Principal of the Rivers State School of Midwifery, Port Harcourt.

From 1996 to date as a Zonal Life Saving Skills Trainer.

FUNCTIONS

ü        The school of midwifery is responsible to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, the regulating body that controls the training and practice of the Nursing profession.

ü        She is also responsible to the Ministry of Health and the Administrative Head of the school for provision of funds, infrastructure, etc for the smooth running of the institution.

ü        The school helps in the selection process and training of midwives.

ü        The school ensures that the programme curriculum set by the Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria is covered according to each semester.

ü        The school ensures professional discipline of the staff and students

UNITS

The units and functions are:

1. ADMINISTRATIVE

FUNCTION- To foresee all administrative activities for smooth record keeping of admissions, examinations, incoming and outgoing correspondence.

2. EDUCATION UNIT

FUNCTION- Prepare time-table for classroom and clinical lectures, tutorials and supervision.

3. COMPUTER LITERACY/LIBRARY/RESEARCH UNIT

FUNCTION- A computer literacy course is organised for the students by a qualified part-time lecturer.

(a) The librarian ensures adequate modern professional and non professional books are available for reading and reference purpose.

(b) Time table is made for orderly use of the library by students and others.

4. CATERING UNIT:

FUNCTION- Ensures regular feeding of students and examiners.

5. PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATION UNIT:

FUNCTION- A well equipped demonstration unit for students to put into practice the theory learnt before they are exposed to hospitals and communities for close supervision and practical experience.

6. SICK BAY UNIT

FUNCTION- For emergency medical care of sick staff and students before referral to secondary health facility.

7. STUDENTS RECEPTION UNIT

FUNCTION- Students receive their visitors for refreshment, entertainment and viewing of video etc. during relaxation.

8. ACCOMMODATION UNIT

FUNCTION- Regulates the number of bed occupancy and drawing rules and regulation for observance by students.

9. TRANSPORT/SECURITY UNIT

FUNCTION- organizes shift duty for drivers and security men.

10. UTILITY UNIT

FUNCTION- utility staff ensured adequate water, furniture, plumbing, environmental and sanitation through the use of experts in the different fields.

11. CONTINUED EDUCATION UNIT

FUNCTION- Ensures proper arrangements are made for staff (academic and non academic) to go for in-service or on the job empowerment to improve performance.

12. WELFARE/ENTERTAINMENT UNIT

FUNCTION- Takes care of welfare of staff and students.

CONTACT

Tel: +234 8035536276