Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has urged nurses to rededicate themselves to the service of humanity and put on the armor of care.
Obaseki, while delivering his speech at the sensitisation on quality healthcare for Edo populace by nurses and midwives by nurses, noted that quality healthcare cannot be achieved without skilled healthcare professionals such as nurses.
Obaseki who was represented by the state commissioner for health, Doctor Patrick Okundia, promised his administration continual promotion of welfare of nurses and other healthcare professionals.
“Quality healthcare cannot be achieved without skilled healthcare professionals such as nurses. This administration will continue to promote the welfare of nurses and other healthcare professionals.
“We are committed to the training and re-training of healthcare professionals across the 18 local government area of the state. And we will continue to sensitise the people on the need to seek for healthcare from qualified and professional healthcare personnels”, he added.
Also speaking, Director, Nursing Services, Edo State, Mrs. Enunwaonye Alex, said this year has been declared by World Health Organisation (WHO) as the year for nurses and midwives hence the rally and celebration.
She noted that the rally was organised to mark 2020 year of nurses, the launching of ‘Nurses Now’ and the marking of 200 years of Florence Nightingale, the mother of nursing.
According to her, nurses are on course of championing healthcare and sensitising the general public on the need to eat nourished food, use insecticide treated nets and make sure they patronise the hospital.
“This programme is solely organised by nurses to inform the general public that nurses are championing good healthcare system. They should eat nourished food, use insecticide treated nets and make sure they patronise the hospital.
“This year has been declared by World Health Organisation (WHO) as the year for nurses and midwives. So, this is our year and we are celebrating it; launching the nurses and midwives year, and also this year marks 200 years of our mother, the mother of nurses, Florence Nightingale”, she added.
In her part, Chairman, National Association of Nurses and Midwives, Edo State Council, Catherine Eseine, urged the people of Edo State not to patronise quacks, saying “not everybody that wears white is a nurse.”
She 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.
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“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.