FMC Ebute Meta celebrates International Year of Nurses, Midwives



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Dr Adedamola Dada, Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Ebute Meta , Lagos, on Wednesday commended nurses and midwives for their contributions toward ensuring a quality healthcare delivery to patients.

Dada made the remarks at a programme organised by the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), FMC Ebute Meta Chapter, to mark the 2020 International Year of Nurses and Midwives .

The programme with the theme: ”Advancing Nursing Practice in 21st Century” was to commemorate the 200 years posthumous birthday of Florence Nightingale, who paved way for nursing profession globally.

Dada said: “Healthcare is a team work because everybody is important and have a major role to play in service delivery.

“The contribution of nurses in healthcare delivery is vital, owing to the roles they play and this is commendable.

“They should continue to work hard and add to the best interest of their patients.”

The medical director urged nurses to be abreast of the latest trends in their field to advance their career.

Also, Mrs Dorcas Shonibare, Director of Nursing Services in Lagos State, said there was need for nurses to keep up the pace and learn new procedures in the field.

Shonibare, who was the special guest at the event, said that nurses should always endeavour to prove their relevance and care for patients wholeheartedly.

“My message to nurses is that they must not struggle to be relevant; every nurse must prove that they have something to offer.

“They should care for their patients wholeheartedly and unlearn those bad attitude they have picked up along the way, learn good things that will make the profession fly.

“Nursing profession is not stagnant, the young generation of nurses coming up should keep up the pace.

“The modern day nurse must meet the global health demands by attending seminars and workshops in modern day nursing,” she said.

Commenting, Mrs Victoria Nwosu, the Chairman of the NANNM chapter of the hospital, said the programme was organised to celebrate Florence Nightingale and to remind nurses that they were major stakeholders in the health sector.

“ The 2020 has been declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Council for Nursing to celebrate Nightingale 200 years posthumous birthday.

“We are also using the celebration to appreciate some of our nurses who have retired from active service.

“ We want people to know that nurses can also become commissioners and health ministers because we are well read,” she said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that chapter also carried out a free medical checkup at the Oyingbo Market as part of activities to mark the celebration.

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Olagoke Olatoye

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