The Kano state government said it has shut down twenty-six (26) illegal health training institutions in the state.
This was in a statement signed by Kano State Ministry of Health Information Officer Hadiza Mustapha Namadi on behalf of State Health Commissioner Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa and made available to provision of Nigerian radio in Kano.
The press release indicates that the institution concerned will remain closed pending the outcome of the necessary investigations.
He said that some of these unrecognized institutions lack defined sites and offer questionable programs compared to established course curricula, while extorting exorbitant fees from students and their parents.
“The Kano State Ministry of Health has noted with grave concern the continued proliferation of illegal Private Health Training Institutions (PHTIs) in the state without recourse to existing regulations governing the establishment and operation of such schools, as specified by regulatory bodies and other competent authorities.”
“It is appalling that some of these unrecognized institutions lack defined sites and offer questionable programs compared to established course curricula, while extorting exorbitant fees from students and their parents.”
“Suffice it to say that this ugly trend comes at the expense of the population, the development of education and the efficiency of the entire health system.”
“As a result, the general public is advised of the immediate closure of all illegal health training institutions (HTIs) in the state, pending the outcome of necessary investigations.”
The statement goes further to say, “People are also required to note that only duly registered institutions and accredited courses should be attended, as any subscription to unrecognized schools amounts to self-submission to security risks, to catastrophic academic and professional prospects, as well as financial deceptions”.
“The department will cooperate with all stakeholder agencies to provide regular monitoring and inspection of health training facilities (HTIs) across the state for mental health and safety.”
Reporting by Abdullahi Jalaluddeen, editing by Omotola Oguneye