The Gombe state government says it has licensed seven out of 17 closed private health and technology colleges in the state after complying with medical standards stipulated by regulatory bodies.
Zubairu Umar, Attorney General and Justice Commissioner who is the chairman of the committee set up to review and revalidate these health facilities, said so during a briefing in Gombe on Monday.
Umar, who spoke to reporters shortly after the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting, chaired by Governor Inuwa Yahaya, said the decision to reopen tertiary health facilities was taken at the SEC.
He said the remaining 10 institutions will remain closed until accreditation requirements are met to ensure that only professionals are produced by the institutions.
He said the steps taken by the state government to shut down the institutions were in the best interest of the citizens of the state.
“This government is very concerned about the welfare and health of its citizens and that is why we have taken the necessary measures to protect our citizens.”
Umar said the committee had toured the 17 institutions to assess their records, student numbers and check their facilities to ensure they were up to standard.
According to him, the committee, after evaluating the status of the institutions, was satisfied with the accreditation and status of seven of the 17 sealed in March.
“These seven institutions are Fountain College of Health Science and Technology, Tumfure; Compliance College of Health Sciences and Technologies, Billiri; Garkuwa College of Health Sciences and Technologies, Gombe.
Others are Lamido School of Hygiene, Liji; Ummah College of Health Sciences and Technologies; Dukku International College of Health Sciences and Technology and Haruna Rashid College of Health Sciences and Technology, Dukku.
The commissioner said the board, based on the committee’s report, agreed and ordered the immediate reopening of schools to continue operations.
He, however, warned schools to continue operating based on the courses the committee had certified as meeting the requirements and not to go beyond the certified courses.
He added that the other 10 schools would remain closed while students from those institutions were urged to move to schools with licenses.
Further explaining, the state health commissioner, Habu Dahiru, said the parameters used by the government to assess institutions included accreditation with regulatory bodies, provision of standard facilities such as classroom, laboratories and demonstration rooms.
Dahiru listed others to include the provision of clinics, libraries and e-learning facilities as well as the environment, as it relates to the safety of students and staff.
He assured that closed schools would be considered as soon as improvements were made to their status to meet the necessary requirements.
“They will also get permission to operate, but at the moment they don’t meet the requirements.”
In March, the Gombe state government closed all private health colleges in the state due to lack of accreditation and registration.
The action, according to the government, is aimed at quelling quackery among state health workers.