Nurses Want Better Welfare


Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, Lagos, recently held her  5th LASUTH Nurses Annual Conference. The theme of this year’s celebration was:  Nursing Practice In an Emerging Mega City.

The five-day event included a scientific seminar, nurses fair and exhibition, the  opening ceremony and luncheon party and lward.

In her welcome address, the Chief Hostess and the Head of Nursing, CNO, LASUTH, Mrs.  Modupe Shode stated that the workshop was organised to enhance knowledge acquisition  and dynamism in the nursing profession to handle the estimated 18 million of people  in Lagos State as a mega city. She commended the Governor Babatunde Fashola for  providing the necessary human capacity, material resources  and enabling environment  for nurses.

She pointed out air pollution, spread of communicable diseases, traffic congestion,  filth, poor and inadequate infrastructure and water supply as some of the challenges  facing nursing practice in an emerging mega city.

In overcoming the challenges nurses, Dr. Olugbile said, “ought not to forget their  roles in providing  acute care in all health care settings to various segments of  the population, working with the doctors to cure the patients, coordinate the care  of the patients to restore health and alleviate suffering.”

Professor Osinusi called on the government to pay attention to the day-to-day  activities of the health sector and other sectors that could have adverse effects on  the health system.

Mrs. Oloruntegbe said nurses must be technological trained to advance their basic  knowledge in today’s nursing for prevention of emerging diseases and infections  ravaging the population in order to provide the care-giving potential attributed to  their profession.

Shode expressed the hope that response to the suggestions made at the workshop would  bring innovations into nursing and the healthcare system through involvement in the  desire to acquire more knowledge and sharpen their skills.

Dignitaries at the occasion include the Lagos State Commissioner of Health, who was  represented by Dr. Femi Olugbile who is also Chief Medical Director of LASUTH;  Director, Clinical Services and Training, Dr. Olabode Ogunbanjo; Head of Nursing,  Mrs. Modupe Shode; Provost of Lagos State College of Medicine (LASUCOM/ LASUTH Board  Member), Professor Bamidele Osinusi and Head of Department. ADNS. Health Service  Commission, Mrs. Victoria Abosede Oloruntegbe among others.

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