Nurses, mid­wives in­ten­sify ef­forts to fight quack­ery

The Punch - - HEALTH - Yinka Badejo

THE Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­rian Nurses and Mid­wives, La­gos State Coun­cil, has re­it­er­ated its com­mit­ment to find­ing a last­ing so­lu­tion to quack­ery in the health sec­tor.

Speak­ing dur­ing a brief­ing, the Chair­man of NANNM, La­gos chap­ter, Mr. Oluro­timi Awo­jide, said the body was ready to in­voke the Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery Coun­cil of Nige­ria Reg­is­tra­tion Act Cap N143, laws of the Fed­er­a­tion of Nige­ria, to reg­u­late the stan­dards of nurs­ing and mid­wifery ed­u­ca­tion and prac­tice with a view to bring­ing san­ity to the sec­tor.

Re­call­ing that the as­so­ci­a­tion had called on the La­gos State Em­ploy­ment Trust Fund to stop the train­ing of nurs­ing as­sis­tants, he said the LSETF was not of­fi­cially ac­cred­ited to do so.

Awo­jide also said the NMCN was the only statu­tory le­gal body charged with the per­for­mance of spe­cific func­tions on be­half of the gov­ern­ment in or­der to en­sure the de­liv­ery of safe and ef­fec­tive health care to the pub­lic through qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and best prac­tices.

He warned that if the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties failed to ad­dress the is­sue of il­le­gal train­ing of nurses and in­volve­ment of quacks, the as­so­ci­a­tion might de­cide to em­bark on in­def­i­nite strike.

La­ment­ing that quack­ery had caused much dam­age to the nurs­ing and health pro­fes­sion in gen­eral, thereby lead­ing to a high mor­tal­ity rate in the coun­try, he said that fail­ure on the part of the gov­ern­ment and other stake­hold­ers to get rid of the vice might ex­pose many Nige­ri­ans to health risks and dan­ger.

Awo­jide said, “We can­not con­tinue to take with lev­ity, the ac­tiv­i­ties of quacks in nurs­ing and mid­wifery be­cause it is af­fect­ing the pro­fes­sion. Quack­ery un­der­rates the pro­fes­sion be­cause it makes peo­ple to er­ro­neously think that it is an all-com­ers af­fair and pol­lut­ing the de­mand for qual­i­fied nurses.

“Nurs­ing is a pro­fes­sion that adapts to eth­i­cal stan­dards. There­fore, we con­demn in strong terms the train­ing of nurs­ing as­sis­tants by the LSETF. This is a way of bas­tar­dis­ing the nurs­ing pro­fes­sion be­cause it is not an in­sti­tu­tion man­dated to do so.”

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