As the week was rounding off, the Kogi State Nursing and Midwifery Committee under the auspices of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives on Thursday 17th September, 2020 celebrated “NURSING NOW KOGI STATE”.
“Nursing Now” is a 3 year campaign based on findings of the triple impact report by All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global health. It seeks to empower nurses to take their place at the heart of tackling 21st Century health challenges and maximize their contributions to achieving Universal Health Coverage and other WHO targets for 2030.
The colourful event featured the unveiling of the ‘Nursing Now’ emblem, Paper Presentation and goodwill messages. The Director Nursing Services (DNS) with the Kogi State Ministry of Health (SMOH)– Mrs Martina Oguche, as part of her address said the celebrations would not be complete without honouring personalities who have distinguished themselves in support and assistance of Nurses in their professional career.
It is no wonder that the Executive Director KGSPHCDA – Dr Abubakar Yakubu was named among such prominent, influential and notable personalities worthy of the prestigious award of excellence as his Midas touch in relation to health care service delivery system in Kogi State are undeniably “golden”.
Dr Yakubu while delivering his goodwill message to Kogi State Nurses and Midwives eulogized Nurses for their spectacular role and contributions to effective and qualitative health care service delivery to the citizenry. He encouraged more collaborative efforts between Doctors and Nurses adding that the animosity between the professionals should be laid to rest.
High point of the event was the presentation of Awards of Excellence as Ambassadors of Nursing Profession of which Dr Abubakar Yakubu – ED KGSPHCDA was one.
Other Awardees were: Secretary to Kogi State Government – Dr (Mrs) Folashade Ayoade Arike; The Head of Service – Dcns Deborah Ogunmola; The Honourable Commissioner for Health – Dr Saka Haruna Audu; The Chairman House Committee on Health, Kogi State House of Assembly – Hon Isah U. Tenimu, the Chief Medical Director, Kogi State Hospitals Management Board – Dr Zakari Alhaji Usman; and the Chief Medical Director, Kogi State Teaching Hospital Anyigba – Dr Akogu S.P.O.
All Awardees took turns to appreciate the honour bestowed on them by the Nurses and Midwives and dedicated their Awards to the Nurses who serve under their respected jurisdiction.
On a lighter note, Mrs Oguche – DNS, SMOH in solidarity of Nurses referred to the Doctors honoured as Nurses. So, please celebrate with us as “Nurse (Dr) Abubakar Yakubu, ED KGSPHCDA” adds another feather to his cap.
“Permit me to say and other Doctors must not hear this, that Doctors copy a lot from Nurses and this is exemplified in the professional way Nurses conduct themselves and execute their duties”.
Dr Abubakar Yakubu