Nurses at the Amuwo Odofin Maternal and Child Centre (AOMCC) in Lagos have organised a medical outreach to improve the healthcare of staff and members of the community.
The week-long event was organised by the nurses to celebrate the 2022 International Nurses Day (IND).
IND is annually celebrated around the world on May 12 in memory of Florence Nightingale’s birth, an English social reformer, a statistician and founder of modern nursing.
Nightingale came to prominence while serving as a manager and trainer of nurses during the Crimean War, where she organised care for wounded soldiers at Constantinople, an ancient city in Turkey now known as Istanbul.
The 2022 IND has: “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in Nursing and Respect Rights to Secure Global Health’’ as its theme, focusing on the need to protect, support and invest in the nursing profession to strengthen health systems around the world.
The Deputy Director of Nursing Services at AOMCC, Mrs Rosaline Oladimeji, said that it was a time for nurses to celebrate themselves and also be celebrated.
Oladimeji, who is also the Apex Nurse at the hospital, said the nurses decided to reach out to the community, while also reminding themselves of the benefits of healthy living.
The medical outreach included a dental wash, food demonstrations, body massage, Hepatitis B, cholesterol levels, blood pressure and blood sugar checks.
The apex nurse said “our medical director in his magnanimity has changed the slogan of, ‘who takes care of nurses,’ because nurses take care of others, nobody takes care of us.
“He told the laboratory department to carry out free blood sugar and cholesterol levels check to promote and maintain health.
“Nurses are very important to our society, we’re needed to take care of people and if nurses are not healthy, they cannot put in their best.
“Here in AOMCC, we ensure no pregnancy is wasted. Once a woman is pregnant, we mentor them, tell them what to do and how to help us to help them.”
She urged everyone, particularly the nurses to maintain proper oral hygiene as it was a therapeutic way of helping patients.
“No matter how you brush your teeth, some food particles will hide in some corners and having a scaling and polishing will help take it off.
“When you smile at your patients, they should see very clean teeth; a smiling nurse is therapeutic enough to heal a patient,” she said
Oladimeji commended AOMCC management and staff, Studio 24, Kopul Dental Clinic, Ovis Massage and Salad Master for their support.
Mrs Adeola Odujebe, a Therapist at Kopul Dental Clinic, recommended brushing the teeth twice daily using the correct method, gargling after every meal, eating fruits often and dental visits regularly for scaling and polishing, to remove plagues and tartar build-up.
Mr Christian Okoro, Health Coach, Salad Master, demonstrated how to make healthy meals, including salads without using bad fats and oil.