Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has called on Nurses and Midwives worldwide to seek ways of repositioning their profession for greater improved service to the sick.
The Governor made the call in Asaba on Wednesday, at the launch of Nursing Now Delta and the commemoration of the 2020 Year of the Nurse and the Midwife in the state.
Okowa, who was represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Health, Dr. Charles Ofili, said Nurses and Midwives were strategic in all health facilities, adding that the Nursing Now advocacy campaign would further raise the profile and status of Nurses and Midwives, and make them more efficient and effective in the discharge of their key role in the health system.
He said his administration was committed to ensuring quality healthcare delivery in all public health institutions in the state in order to make the attainment of the Universal Health Coverage a reality and urged Nurses and Midwives to make themselves more relevant in the quest for better health for the people.
The National Coordinator, Nursing Now Nigeria, Josiah Jackson – Okesola, said the initiative was a three year global campaign by the International Council of Nurses, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, to improve health globally by raising the profile and status of Nurses and Midwives.
Okesola said Nursing Now had become a global movement with over 480 groups in 110 countries marking the 2020 International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
He commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Health Commissioner Dr. Mordi Ononye, the State Director of Nursing Service, Mrs Mabel Ugbanaka and her deputy, Mrs Gloria Igumbor, for making the launch of Nursing Now Delta a reality and urged nursing leaders in the state to reposition the profession to make more impact on the people.
In a keynote address, Mrs Maria Olise reiterated the important role of Nurses and Midwives in the healthcare delivery value chain and urged them the be guided by the virtues of the Founder of the Nursing profession, Florence Nightingale.
Earlier, the Director of Nursing Service in the State Ministry of Health, Mrs Mabel Ugbanaka, commended Nursing Now Nigeria for raising the profile and status of Nurses and Midwives toward improving healthcare delivery and congratulated Nurses and Midwives in Delta state on the 200th birthday anniversary of Florence Nightingale.
Mrs Ugbanaka noted that the celebration of the year 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife by the World Health Organisation was an affirmation of the important role of Nurses and Midwives in the healthcare delivery system, adding that the event was timely and necessary to achieve the Universal Health Coverage.
The event featured a historical account of Florence Nightingale, launch of Nursing Now Delta, presentation of award to the Governor and a cultural display.