The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has given approval for the commencement of National Diploma (ND) in Nursing Training at the Nigerian Air Force College of Nursing (NAFCON), Kaduna.
Air force high command spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, who made the disclosure said the approval implied that NAFCON will terminate the three years nursing training and switch to national diploma in general nursing.
Besides, he said the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has included NAFCON in its year 2022 brochure for candidates.
Consequently, all candidates seeking admission to NAFCON for 2021/2022 academic session would now go through the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by JAMB to be eligible for admission into ND general nursing.
“It may be recalled that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), in October 2019, commissioned the NAF School of Medical Sciences and Aviation Medicine (NAFSMSAM) at the NAF Base, Kaduna.
“The school, which has three colleges within its span of control, including NAFCON, is tasked with the initial training of nurses and medical technicians in the allied medical fields such as pharmacy, medical laboratory and preventive health services.
“The school also organises upgrading and refresher courses for various categories of NAF medical
services personnel aimed at exposing them to global best practices in aviation medicine.”
Nigeria Air Force is one of the armed forces, which puts high premium on healthcare provision for officers and men. Its reference hospitals across the country boasts of best hands in medical field.
Its hospitals in Port Harcourt, Lagos, Abuja among other states, apart from catering for the medical needs of wounded troops and their families extends treatment and medical care for Nigerian civil populace.