By Chukwudi Nwauba
Awka, Dec. 25, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Government has officially inaugurated the Association of National Association of Nigerian Students Nurses, Midwives Anambra Chapter (NANSNM).
The association is made up of School of Nursing Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Awka, School of Midwifery COOUTH, Nkpor and School of Nursing, Ihiala.
Others are College of Nursing St. Charles Borromeo, Onitsha, School of Nursing Iyienu, Ogidi, St. Joseph School of Nursing and Midwifery, Adazi-Nnukwu.
The rest are College of Health, Amichi and the School of Nursing Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala performed the inauguration ceremony on behalf of the State Governor in his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka.
Dr Okpala, during the flag-off conveyed Gov. Willie Obiano’s congratulatory message to them, urging them to work within the ambit of the association’s Constitution.
The commissioner informed them that Gov. Obiano was also in support of what they were doing by organising platforms for better learning and advocating for patient care across health institutions in the state.
He advised them to engage more in continuous and personal training and as well avoid distractions from the society.
Dr Okpala applauded the State Director Nursing Services, Mrs Uche Udeze for advising the association to do the right thing, which was to seek for the ministry’s approval to function as an association.
“For you people to actually take up the mantle of leadership in the school are something that is very important and commendable. We say that it is not just okay to pass through the school.
“It is okay to allow the school to pass through you, which is actually one of the things you are doing by showing leadership.
“Leadership is not easy but in doing what you do, you will eventually pave the part for others and it is good to associate.
“In the association, you will be able to understand what happens to student’s welfare as well as explore the potential opportunities you have in the future,’’ he said.
The commissioner, then, stressed the need for quality nurses, midwives in Nigeria, urging them to begin to work in the direction of being efficient and committed to being health personnel to the society.
According to him, Nursing and Midwifery is a noble profession and it is important that they think of professionalism.
Director, Nursing Services, Mrs Udeze, commended the commissioner for his support and fatherly advice to the association and medical students.
President of NANSNM, Mr Kyrian Enemuo commended the commissioner for his commitment to the health sector, especially at the critical period of COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Enemuo noted that the commissioner’s vast knowledge in health matters helped the state to contain the pandemic.
“We have been in existence without being officially recognised but with the help of the Commissioner and the Director Nursing Services we are glad to be accepted and recognised.’’ (MOI)