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Student’s Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) At The Nigerian Custom Service Health Center

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1.1 Student’s industrial work experience scheme (SIWES)

Student industrial work experience scheme (SIWES), is a program designed to expose students to the practice aspects of their course of study. It involves the attachment of the student to an organisation in line with his /her respective course of study that can provide the training and experience required in the industry, as it cannot be obtained in the lecture rooms but the theoretical knowledge taught in lecture rooms shall be applied by the student in real industrial situations.

This training experience is an essential component in the development of the practical and professional skills required of each student, and also stands out as an aid to prospective employment. (Popoola, 2012)

SIWES was established by industrial training fund (ITF) in 1973 to solve the problem of lack of adequate practical skills preparatory for employment in industries.

1.1.1        Operators:

The operators of the SIWES include: the ITF, the coordination agencies; National university commission (NUC), National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), employers of labour and the institutions.


Undergraduate students of; Agriculture, Engineering, Technology, Science, and medical sciences.



Four months for polytechnics and colleges of education and six months for universities.

Participation in SIWES has become a necessary pre-condition for the award of diploma and degree certificates in specific disciplines in most institutions of higher learning in the country in accordance with the education policy of the government (ITF, 2008).

1.2 Nigeria customs service medical centre

Nigeria customs service medical centre is an established unit under the Nigeria customs service. It was established on 25th October 2002, located in Karu, FCT Abuja. The medical centre is headed and managed by a deputy comptroller of customs, who serves as the chief medical director. Residents of Karu and environs had over the years suffered untold hardships and exploitations, ever increasing and unnecessary deaths resulting from the lack of a standard health and medical establishment in the area.

The few privately owned health institutions in Karu had therefore capitalized on this to exploit helpless patients through exorbitant charges coupled with incompetent and unethical professional services. However, the present Nigerian Customs medical Corp and facilities put in place at Karu, Abuja-FCT has brought a lot of smiles and relief to the lives of patients and most especially, pregnant and expectant mothers The value of services administered on patients are highly commendable, while drugs are sold at subsidised rates for the affordability of the poor masses of the area (Kolawale , 2008). .

This medical Centre now serves as the only saving grace for all residents from all walks of Karu and environs, the city centre inclusive. Patients and pregnant mothers throng to this medical centre for an assured medical attention and analysis and the pressure is quite having an adverse impact on the very inadequate medical facilities and personnel on ground (Kolawale, 2008).

It comprises of different functional units/sections each of which is headed by a designated officer. These units include: Nursing station, Emergency section, card room, reception, cash office, pharmacy, store, and the laboratory.


1.2.1 Nursing station: This is the section where patients are seeing by the nurses. Different physical examinations are carried out by the nurses depending on the patient’s conditions, including Blood pressure, weight, temperature, etc.


1.2.2Emergency: The emergency room, as the name implies is the section where emergency cases are attended to by the nurses/doctors. A patient can be admitted for a while pending his condition is stabilise to satisfactory level.


1.2.3 Card room: This is first unit that a patient is being attended to. Patients’ files are kept here, and therefore they must retrieve their files by presenting their personal hospital card before any doctor or nurse attends to them.

1.2.4 Reception
: Patients wait here before they are giving attention by any doctor/nurse.


1.2.5 Cash office: This is the office where all payments are made by the patients. A copy of the payment receipt is given to them by the cashier.


1.2.6 Pharmacy: Patients get their prescribed drugs in the pharmacy. The pharmacist issues and dispenses prescription drugs and other medical devices to patients and instructing on their use.


1.2.7 Store: This is a room where all hospital equipment, reagents, materials and apparatus are kept and stored pending usage.

1.2.8 Laboratory
: This is one of the most important units in the hospital, which is managed by laboratory scientists/ medical scientists.  It is a place where all kinds of patients’ sample are collected and used to carry out various test. The laboratory unit comprises of different subunits including; chemistry, haematology, and microbiology.

1.2.9 Dental unit: Patients with teeth conditions/defects are giving attention here by the dentistry.


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