Quacks denting our image, nurses lament

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The Association of General Private Nursing Practitioners of Nigeria on Tuesday in Benin, Edo State vowed to collaborate with other stakeholders in the health sector to fight quackery in the nursing profession.

The body also called for the establishment of a Bank of Health like in some other sectors to ease accessibility to healthcare by Nigerians.

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The association’s National President, Balogun Ajiboye, made this call at the opening of its 12th AGM/Annual Scientific Conference where he also cautioned members from being part of those training people outside conventional schools.

He said, “Nursing is a profession and for anybody to practise nursing in Nigeria, he or she must be trained in an institution approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria. He or she must also pass the prescribed examinations and be licensed by the council.

“Quackery in nursing has created an image dent in the profession. Quackery activities have sent many Nigerians to their early graves as it is like a cancerous tissue in the body that needs to be cut off immediately.

“I am therefore calling on all agencies involved in the eradication of quackery to double their efforts in stamping out quackery. There must be a collaboration with NMCN and Directors of Nursing Services of all the states who are the supervisory authority.”

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