The School of Midwifery of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital UNTH), Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State, is a Post Basic School for nurses who have had their general nursing education.
The school was approved for the training of student midwives by the Midwives Board of Nigeria with effect from March 1977 at a joint meeting of the Midwives’ Board and Nursing Council held at the Nursing Council Secretariat in Ikeja, Lagos State. The school commenced training in the same month. The training is only for qualified nurses who are duly registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN). The pioneer principal of the school was Late (Mrs) Egbuciem Priscilla.
From 1977 to 2006, the programme ran for 12 months but was increased to 18 months after the introduction of a new curriculum.
Motto of the School
The motto of the school is “safe motherhood through quality education.”
MISSION OF THE SCHOOL
The mission of the school is to be the flagship of institutions of its kind worldwide where professionally competent and versatile midwifery practitioners are produced who are capable of providing quality health care to mothers, families, communities and hospitals in every health facility within Nigeria and globally.
VISION OF THE SCHOOL
To have a well – equipped institution that is conducive for the training of competent midwifery practitioners who are capable of providing quality care to clients in all settings.
Philosophy Of The School
The philosophy of the Post Basic Midwifery School is derived from the philosophy of the Nursing and Midwifery Council which is based on the following premises:
- The family is the basic unit of human existence, thus midwifery practice must be family-
- The woman, as a vital partner in the midwife-client relationship, should be adequately empowered to reduce gender imbalance in all sexual and reproductive health issues.
- Midwifery education enables the midwife to develop specialized knowledge and skills for midwifery practice.
- Continuing professional development programmes will keep the midwife abreast of the dynamic issues challenging reproductive health service in the society.
Based on the foregoing, continuing education will be an integral part of the careers of students and academic staff of the School of Midwifery.
The aim of the course is to prepare professionally competent and versatile midwifery practitioners who are capable of providing high level health care to individuals, families in homes, communities, health centres, hospitals and clinics in the rural and urban centres of the society.
The school logo is ORIGO VITAE. It depicts a growing foetus attached via its placenta to the endometrium of the uterus.
AWARD OF HONOUR
- The school was given an award of honour by the Committee of Heads of Basic and Post Basic Nursing Institutions in Nigeria (COHBPNIN) for producing the overall best candidate in the M idwifery Council of Nigeria Final Qualifying Exam in March 2006. OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AWARD
- An outstanding performance award was also presented to the school by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria for outstanding performance at the March 2008 final qualifying examination for Midwives.
The school has maintained a consistent record of excellent performance with 100% pass on external exams in the past years. Our products are practicing all over the globe and are competing favorably with their counterparts.
Anukwe L.C (Mrs.) DDME/Principal