6th December, 2010
Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, Lagos, recently held herÂ 5th LASUTH Nurses Annual Conference. The theme of this year’s celebration was:Â Nursing Practice In an Emerging Mega City.
The five-day event included a scientific seminar, nurses fair and exhibition, theÂ opening ceremony and luncheon party and lward.
In her welcome address, the Chief Hostess and the Head of Nursing, CNO, LASUTH, Mrs.Â Modupe Shode stated that the workshop was organised to enhance knowledge acquisitionÂ and dynamism in the nursing profession to handle the estimated 18 million of peopleÂ in Lagos State as a mega city. She commended the Governor Babatunde Fashola forÂ providing the necessary human capacity, material resourcesÂ and enabling environmentÂ for nurses.
She pointed out air pollution, spread of communicable diseases, traffic congestion,Â filth, poor and inadequate infrastructure and water supply as some of the challengesÂ facing nursing practice in an emerging mega city.
In overcoming the challenges nurses, Dr. Olugbile said, “ought not to forget theirÂ roles in providingÂ acute care in all health care settings to various segments ofÂ the population, working with the doctors to cure the patients, coordinate the careÂ of the patients to restore health and alleviate suffering.”
Professor Osinusi called on the government to pay attention to the day-to-dayÂ activities of the health sector and other sectors that could have adverse effects onÂ the health system.
Mrs. Oloruntegbe said nurses must be technological trained to advance their basicÂ knowledge in today’s nursing for prevention of emerging diseases and infectionsÂ ravaging the population in order to provide the care-giving potential attributed toÂ their profession.
Shode expressed the hope that response to the suggestions made at the workshop wouldÂ bring innovations into nursing and the healthcare system through involvement in theÂ desire to acquire more knowledge and sharpen their skills.
Dignitaries at the occasion include the Lagos State Commissioner of Health, who wasÂ represented by Dr. Femi Olugbile who is also Chief Medical Director of LASUTH;Â Director, Clinical Services and Training, Dr. Olabode Ogunbanjo; Head of Nursing,Â Mrs. Modupe Shode; Provost of Lagos State College of Medicine (LASUCOM/ LASUTH BoardÂ Member), Professor Bamidele Osinusi and Head of Department. ADNS. Health ServiceÂ Commission, Mrs. Victoria Abosede Oloruntegbe among others.
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