Stakeholders in the nursing profession have said that the menace of quackery in the nursing profession has not only dented the image of the profession but has also resulted in the death of many people.
The stakeholders who spoke at the launching of Nursing ‘Now Nigeria’ and the 2020 nurse year in Benin City, noted that nursing profession do not have auxillary, stressing that it is either one is a nurse or a quack.
Speaking, Director of Nursing Services in Edo State, Pastor (Mrs.) Enunwaonye Alex, called on all health professionals to join hands with nurses in fighting the menace of quackery in the profession.
“The menace of quackery in the nursing profession as not only dented the image of the nurse profession but as also resulted in the death of many people.
“Repeatedly, I have always told anyone who cares to listen that nursing profession do not have auxillary; you are either a quack or a nurse.
“We must collectively fight the menace in our noble profession.”
Also speaking, National Association of Nurses and Midwives, Edo State Council, Catherine Eseine, aligned with Mrs Alex by saying “not everybody that wears white is a nurse.”
She urged the people of Edo State not to patronise quacks.
Eseine also lamented the rising number of quacks in the healthcare sector, adding that when such persons do havoc the general public construed it as professional nurse.
“And when such people perform havoc, people look at it and ridicule nurses and say nurses are killing people. We want people to know that not anybody in white is a nurse. There are qualified nurses and so they patronise nurses for all their services”, she added.
In his speech, governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki said his administration has resolved to deliver affordable and quality healthcare services to the Edo populace.
The governor, who was represented by the state Commissioner for health, Patrick Okundia, noted that quality healthcare can not be achieved without skilled healthcare professionals.
There was also cultural display by St. Philomena School of Midwifery to spice up the event.