The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has said that nurses are well positioned to drive effective improvements in the provision of quality healthcare and attaining optimal patient and population outcomes.

Ambode stated this while declaring open the 2017 Nurses Week celebration recently at the Conference Hall of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) in Ikeja. He noted that the decisions nurses make several times in practice can make a vital difference in the efficiency of the health sector.

The governor, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, in his statement refill that nursing as a career is not just a backbreaking job but a vocation that requires a lifetime of sacrifice, compassion and love. “I therefore want to appreciate all nurses and midwives for the commitment and compassion with which you have continued to discharge your responsibility to humanity. It is not your hard-earned license that has made you a nurse, it is your compassion and hard work which no award or accolade can qualify.” he said.

He emphasize that nurses as professionals in the health sector have an important role to play in ensuring that the required standard for implementation of the Lagos State health services delivery is upheld to facilitate the achievement of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.

He reiterated the governor administration’s commitment to continuously provide enabling environment for nurses’ quality service delivery and their welfare, noted that the Lagos State Government will reward excellent performance to encourage greater commitment and dedication. “I congratulate you on this year’s celebration and urge you all to continue the remarkable job you have been doing,” he said.

The Chairman NANNM, Lagos State Council, Mr. Olurotimi Awojide in his welcome address,  thanked the governor for being passionate about the welfare of workers especially nurses acknowledging that the approval of internship programme, unified scheme of services as well as lateral conversion for nurses received the support of the Lagos State Government.

He commend the Lagos State Government for the approved mass employment of nurses which was last done in 2003 and construction of a befitting student nurse hostel at the Lagos State School of Nursing, Igando, is equally well appreciated

Awojide however appeal to the state government (Lagos State Assembly) for urgent passage of the bill seeking to establish the Lagos State College of Nursing; School of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health and other related issues.

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