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The Community Health Practitioners Registration Board of Nigeria (CHPRN) has applauded the decision of the Benue State Government to establish a College of Community Health at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital for training of Community Health Officers (CHOs).

The Board gave the commendation on Wednesday 1st May 2024 while debriefing the management of the hospital after two-day of inspection of facilities at the proposed site of the school as well as rural sites of the hospital.

Speaking, leader of the five man accreditation team, Alhaji Sale Abbas enumerated the benefits of the school and noted that the state was strategically located to have the school, none of its adjoining states have such schools, adding that Benue was in dire need of the school for training of manpower to man the Primary Health Care across the state.

Alhaji Abbas who commended the quality of manpower employed for the school, however called for more improvements in the areas of procurement of clinical equipment to consolidate on the already existing ones, stressing that a befitting complex for the College was paramount, as the College was meant to offer other programmes as well.

The Chief Medical Director of Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Terungwa Stephen Hwande , in his address to the team disclosed that his management decided to set up the school in compliance with the directive of Governor Hyacinth Alia who is so passionate about the revival and resuscitation of primary health care centres in the state, and emphasised that it only when quality manpower is trained for the centres that they would be able to revive the Health care at the rural level.

He assured of the Board that its recommendation would be speedily implemented for quick take off of the school in the next academic session.

He appealed to the Board to send a professional staff quarterly to guide the school at the infancy level to ensure that the curriculum of the school is in line with the required standards.

In his remarks, Provost, College of Community Health, BSUTH, Dr. James Terwase Ihyongu, stated that the principal aim of the establishing the College was to produce adequate manpower for the development of Primary Health Care Centres in Benue State and beyond, assuring that adequate resources had been put in place by the management of BSUTH for the smooth take off of the school.

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