Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode has eulogised the nursing profession for its humanitarian nature.
At the opening ceremony of the 2016 Lagos State Nurses Annual Scientific Conference in Ikeja, Mrs Ambode also commended the nurses in the state’s health sector for doing their best towards excellent health care delivery.
She stressed that the nurses, who were among the best in the country, had consistently distinguished themselves in professional practice over the years.
In her words:“our nurses have dared to be different in all areas of professional practice, by being diligent in their work and rare demonstration of endurance and strict observance of ethics”.
“Many a time, I wonder what would happen to the entire human race, if there are no nurses or the nursing profession. Think about the general health care system; ante-natal and baby delivery; post-natal management; rescue and emergencies; Red Cross and Crescent activities in war-torn countries; and many more. How can anyone question the relevance of nurses?”
The wife of the governor again lauded the organisers of the event for incorporating critical components like HIV screening, prevention of blindness and free malaria treatment into the conference agenda.
She opined that such previous screening exercises had assisted in early detection of disease conditions that were eventually cured.
Earlier in his address, the Chairman Lagos State House Committee on Health, Mr Segun Olulade noted that the relevance of nurses in ameliorating economic turbulence affecting health care delivery was very crucial to the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the House of Assembly and the Committee on Health in particular.
He advised them not to relent in discharging their duties, but to live up to expectation, stressing that the nation’s hospitals faced increasing demands to participate in a wide range of quality improvement activities.
In her welcome address, assistant director of nursing service, Miss Animashaun Fausat, said the annual conference had continued to bring nurses from all tiers of the health sector together to deliberate on the latest innovations and to interact with one another, to improve the standard of nursing and health care delivery.
She urged nurses to strive to be the best they could in attitude, education, technology and leadership, so as to provide quality care to all patients, regardless of the economic climate.
The conference had in attendance lots of dignitaries and also offered free health screening.