By Ebele Egoh

Enugwu Ukwu (Njikoka LGA), March 11, 2021 (MOI)  Anambra State Hospital Administrator, Dr Richmond Achugbu, has urged nurses and midwives in the state to be patient-oriented so as to satisfy their patients’ healthcare needs.

Dr Achugbu made the plea during a meeting of all unit heads of the nursing and midwifery department of the State Hospital Management Board (SHMB) in Enugwu Ukwu, Njikoka Local Government Area (LGA).

He enjoined them to work in concert with other departments in their various places of work for quality healthcare service delivery service to patients, stressing that they should bring to bear positive attitudes to work.

In her opening remarks, the Acting Director, Nursing and Midwifery Department of SHMB, Mrs Uche Udeze reminded the participants that the meeting was called to evaluate the challenges they face in their various hospitals.

She urged the nurses and midwives to key into the profession’s theme: “Nursing and Midwifery Profession in One House 2021 and beyond For Results’’.

According to Mrs Udeze, the theme is a rallying point for nurses and midwives to effectively collaborate and stand as one united people in the service of humanity. 

This, she said was to achieve holistic individualised quality care.

“We should all work well with other health professionals for maximum care in assuring good output.

“We want all Nurses and Midwives in all service areas of the state to be in one house, speak with one voice, collaborate and see themselves as one.

“Two cannot work in this profession if they do not agree, this is a great profession.

“As leaders in your various places of work, you are our eyes; without your cooperation and self services, the state will achieve little, when it comes to quality healthcare service delivery.’’

She called on them to emulate Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing and the Nursing and Midwifery profession.

“We should all work hard to defend our profession, as the founder, who achieved a feat by treating soldiers during a war even at night and became known as the lady with the lamp.

“We should be the patient advocates, listen to our clients and provide solutions to their health problems,’’ she said.

The Acting Director decried the shortage of nurses in all the hospitals, remarking that the situation adversely affected the efficiency of the workers, given that a nurse covered the duties of five other nurses.

She commended Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala over his Ministry’s collaboration with the European Union to provide State Health Workforce Registry which allowed information on producing, distribution and utilisation of health personnel.

A nurse in-charge of Comprehensive Health Centre (CHC), Akwaihedi, noted that the facility needed a doctor, health attendant and security guard to complement her efforts as the only health personnel presently working there. Some of the common challenges reported by all the participants included a lack of electricity, shortage of manpower, insecurity and absence of perimeter fencing around the hospitals. (MOI)

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