A Community Health Practitioner is a specially trained professional who provides promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health activities and services to the people where they live or work. The department is putting in her best effort to train the students to be able to achieve the goals of the profession.
The CHEW is a fully Community Health Practitioners Registration Board of Nigeria (CHPRBN) accredited programmes:
• Diploma in Community Health: 3 years programme to qualify as a Community Health Extension Worker (CHEW).
a. Entry Qualification: Holders of WASSCE/NECO with five credits at not more than two sittings, which must include: English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
b. Junior Community Health Extension Worker (JCHEW) with two years post qualification experience in addition to the above requirement mentioned, and applicant must be registered with the CHPRBN and possess a valid license
Roles of Community Health Practitioners/Services
• Serves as the first level of contact for people to access health system
• to make essential health services accessible and available to people wherever they live or work.
• To provide preventive, promotive, diagnostic, curative and rehabilitative health care services
• To provide adequate and effective care at the grass root level
• To work together with other members of health team to achieve the goal of “Health for All” Nigerians irrespective of where they live or work.
Job opportunities: All cadres of Community Health Practitioner can work in various tiers of health system in the country based on their job description and Non-governmental Organizations. Also, they can be employed in military and paramilitary services.
Academic Development: Holders of Certificate in Community Health (JCHEW) can proceed for Diploma in Community Health after two years to qualify as a CHEW
A Community Health Practitioner practicing anywhere in Nigeria shall uphold and comply with the code of professional conduct, ethics and etiquette as prescribed by the regulatory Bodies.