The Nursing and midwifery council of Nigeria (NMCN) has warn the Nursing Institutions across the country to admit more men into their schools and colleges or risk sanctions.

This was made known In a circular with reference number N&MCN/SG / RO/CIR/ 24/VOL.5/08  dated 29th January 2021 and signed by the council Registrar, Alhaji Farooq Abubakar.

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It reads, “The Nursing and midwifery council of Nigeria has observed that some Nursing and midwifery institutions in Nigeria often deny admission to males who have  indicated interest to study Nursing/Midwifery in the presumption that it is council’s policy.

The council is using this medium to dissuade the traditional impression that nursing is intended for females and therefore condemn the rejection of male applicants who are eligible for admission into these institutions.

Gender balance is essential for the development of nursing profession and also offers opportunities for gender preference when providing care for patients.

In the light of the above, the council hereby directs that there should be no gender based discrimination for admission into Nursing/Midwifery institutions across the country. It further directs the provost’s / admission board committee or panel responsible for students admissions to improve the quota of males to boost the percentage of male nurses in the Nigerian nursing workforce.”

This is coming after several calls by the nursing pressure groups across the country to encourage the admission of more males into the profession.