Historical Background of the College
In 1975, the defunct north eastern State Government established what was then known as Medical Auxiliary training School (MATS) at Mubi, now in Adamawa State. At that time such schools trained Rural Health Assistants and Hospital Assistant’s. In 1980, the nomenclature of the schools changed to school of Health Technology and trained Community Health Assistants (CHAs), Community Health Aides (C.H.Aides), Pharmacy Assistants and Technicians, Laboratory Technicians and Assistants, Public Health Superintendents (PHS) whose name was later changed to Environmental Health Officers (EHO), etc. Following state creation in February, 1976, the school in Mubi fell under defunct Gongola State.
With the creation of Taraba State on 27th August, 1991, there was need to have a School of Health Technology in the new State since it was mandatory for every State in the Federation to own such an institution. After some due considerations, Takum was selected by the State Government for the establishment of the institution. The School was then formally established in November 1993, but full academic activities started in January 1994. The first batch of Junior Community Health Extension Workers (JCHEWs) graduated in November 1995. The name changed to College following the signing into law of the enabling law (Taraba State NO.8 of 2006) by the then Governor, Rev Jolly T. Nyame, on the 30th day of October, 2006.
Constitution and Functions of the Taraba State College of Health Technology, Takum.
1. There is established a tertiary institution to be known as the Taraba State College of Health Technology (in this Law referred to as “the College”) which shall-
a. be constituted in accordance with the provisions of this Law; and
b. have such powers and exercise such functions as may be conferred on it by this Law.
2. The College shall be a body corporate having perpetual succession and a common seal with power to sue and be sued in its corporate name.
The Objects of the College shall be
- To provide courses of instruction and learning in the College of Health Technology and any other schools which may from time to time be approved under this Law;
- To provide courses of study, training, research in Community Health, leading to attainment of Advanced Diploma/Higher National Diploma, Community Health Officer (CHO); Diploma, Community Health Extension Workers (CHEW); and Certificate, Junior Community Health Extension Workers (JCHEW);
- To provide courses in Environmental Health Sciences leading to attainment of Higher National Diploma (HND), Environmental Health Technologist (EH Tech); National Diploma (ND), Environmental Health Technicians (EVT) and Certificate, Environmental Health Assistants (EHA);
- To provide courses in Medical Laboratory Sciences leading to Higher National Diploma, National Diploma and Certificates;
- To provide courses of study in Pharmacy Technology Sciences leading to Diploma and Certificates;
- To provide avenue for continuing education in Community Health, Environmental Health Sciences, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Medical records and Pharmacy Technology Sciences;
- To provide holders of Higher National Diploma and or other National Certificate in Health Technology who shall serve in the public and private hospitals, clinics, dispensaries and other similar institution or centres of the State;
- To provide courses of in-service training, workshop, retreat and seminars for health personnel and members of the public and the private sectors;
- To promote, through teaching, research and other means for the advancement of knowledge and its practical application to the needs of the State and the community;
- To organize active community service and participation; and play a consultancy role in all sectors of the Health Technology profession in the State;
- To provide courses of instruction both in the academic and the professional field for the students of the College and other serving Medical and Health Personnel’s in the State;
- To organize from time to time in service vocation courses for serving Medical and Health personnel on Hospitals, and patient management, medical and health computer science and technology;
- To create facilities for research and the dissemination of knowledge with respect to the Health Technology profession;
- Teaching, medical and health technology, encouragement of the spirit of inquiry and creativity in Medical and Health, production of highly motivated, conscientious and efficient Medical and Health personnel and related health personnel for the public and private sectors of the health system;
- T o provide basic standard and specialized courses of instruction and other facilities, whether leading to the award of attainment of Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates and other College distinctions or not, in the theory, practice and technique of Health Technology, hospital operations and management, in all its branches and such related subjects relevant for Medical and Health personnel, public and private sectors of the Health system as may from time to time, be prescribed by relevant health authorities, bodies and persons in Nigeria, with a view to developing a store of technically competent, highly skillful and efficient Medical and Health personnel, health operators of the public and private hospitals and medical and health centres of the health system.
- To provide special training courses whether leading to college distinctions or not, for such persons as may be prescribed, taking into account at all times the educational and health policies and requirements of Nigeria and Taraba State and in particular, that of:
i) the Community Health Practitioners Registration Board of Nigeria (CHPRBN), West African Health Examination Board (WAHEB);
ii) the Federal Ministry of Health;
iii) The State Ministry of Health; and
iv. the State Hospital & Health Management Board;
- To organize and provide programmes including distance learning and technique for the training, development, upgrading and certification Medical and Health personnel;
- To carry out, either alone or in conjunction with other bodies, research on any matter relevant to the development or advancement of Health and Health Technology of which may be requisite for medical and health development in the State;
- To provide courses of instructions and other facilities as may be approved by statute for the pursuit of learning in all its branches and to make those facilities available on proper terms to such persons as may be equipped to benefit from them;
- To encourage, promote and conduct research in all fields of learning and human endeavour as may be approved by statute;
- To encourage the advancement of learning and to hold out to all persons without distinction of race, creed, sex or political conviction the opportunity of acquiring a higher education; and
- To undertake any other activities appropriate for a College of Health Technology of the Higher international standard.
The Constitution of the College
The College shall consist of -
a. all fellows of the College;
b. a Chairman and a Governing Council;
c. a provost and a body to be called Academic Board;
d. the campuses and schools of the College listed in the First Schedule to this Law and their respective Board of studies and court of examiners and any other schools which may, from time to time, be approved under this Law;
e. the departments and other teaching and research units of the College;
f. the staff school, clinic, laboratory and library of the College;
g. all Deans of schools, heads of departments and heads of other teaching and research units of the College;
h. the persons holding the offices constituted by part of this Law, other than those mentioned in paragraphs a), b), c) and g) above of this subsection;
i. all graduates, under-graduates and students of the College; and
j. all other persons who are members of the College in accordance with provisions made by statute in that behalf.
Subject to this Law and the statute of the College, the affairs of the College shall be managed by:
a. a Governing Council; and
b. an Academic Board specified in paragraphs (b) and (c) subsection (1) above which each shall exercise such powers and perform such functions as may be conferred on it by this Law.
3. Provisions shall be made by statute for the organogram of the College, and for the constitution of schools of the College and their respective Board of studies and Court of examiners and until such provisions are made, the supplementary provisions contained in the First Schedule to this Law shall have effect with respect to the Organogram of the College and the Schools of the College and the other matters therein mentioned as specified or set forth therein. Read More