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Wellbeing Foundation Africa Scales Investments In Nurses’ Education, Supports The Lagos Health Service Commission

Wellbeing Foundation Africa through Her Excellency, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, Founder-President, donated the sum of One Million Naira to support the educational training objectives of the Lagos Health Service Commission Nurses at the 13th Annual Nurses Scientific Conference of the Commission.

The conference themed: “Nurses: A Voice to Lead, Invest in Nursing and Respect Rights to Secure Global Health” was a vital highlight of the Lagos state edition of the 2022 Nurses Week aimed is organized to update nurses' knowledge on current trends in nursing practice, present measures to overcome the current day challenges in healthcare delivery, to discuss contemporary issues worldwide affecting service delivery and proffer possible solutions and particularly, to bring the nursing profession to the fore, by strengthening the bond with other stakeholders in the health sectors within and outside Lagos, State

The Inaugural Global Health Ambassador for the WHO Foundation and Special Adviser to the Africa Regional Office of the WHO’s financial contribution to the Lagos health service commission Nurses was an offshoot of her decades-long endowment of her Wellbeing Foundation Africa’s (WBFA)’s work in providing solutions to 3 key main pillars: preventing maternal, newborn and child mortality, aiding access and availability of family planning and preventing gender-based violence and harmful practices through sustainable and continuous actions at national and international levels.

Speaking on the importance of a motivated Nursing workforce at the conference, she pointed out that, “Nurses and Midwives constitute the majority of the global health workforce and the largest health care expenditure. Efficient production, successful deployment, and ongoing retention based on carefully constructed policies regarding the career opportunities of Nurses, Midwives, and other providers in health care systems are key to ensuring universal health coverage, as the World Health Organization estimates that an additional 9 million nurses and midwives are needed if the world is to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030”.

First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu said, “Nurses are resilient and dynamic. Their efforts are duly recognized by Mr. Governor. Sadly, we need to go back to the drawing board to see why there is a high rate of brain drain in the sector. I commend the nursing practitioners and thank all nurses on behalf of the citizens of Lagos State”.

Keynote Speaker, Professor Florence Oluyemisi Adeyemo of the Faculty of Nursing Science, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, in her paper presentation highlighted that a key component of professional nursing practice and provision of high-quality patient care is the involvement of nurses in practice-based research.

Since 2015, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) in partnership with its global partners and donors has run core Maternal infant and young child feeding and nutrition education training in over 370 health facilities in Lagos state through its Mamacare360 Community Midwifery Antenatal and Postnatal Education Program,  Emergency Obstetric & Newborn Care (EmONC) upskilling for health workers, Medela Cares NICU-Specific Lactation Support, Nutritional International LO-ORS Zinc to Combat Diarrheal Disease in Sokoto and Kano states, as well as the Alive and Thrive Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) programme.

In recognition of her selfless service towards the improvement of Maternal and Child Health Indices, her passion in reaching out to the vulnerable in the community, and her generosity towards the Nurses, Dr. (Mrs.) Adetoun Onayiga, on behalf of the Nurses, presented an Award of Honour to Her Excellency, Toyin Ojora Saraki.

Her Excellency deeply appreciated the Award Of Honour bestowed upon in recognition of the WBFA's longstanding frontline programs at health facilities across Lagos State and also took the opportunity to commend the Lagos State Health Commission's declared investments into primary healthcare spaces, and nursing-driven social care to achieving the  Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and solidify solutions for local communities.

Special Guests at the conference were Her Excellency, First Lady of Lagos State, Dr Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-olu MBBS, PGDHM, MPH, MBA, and HRM Oba Kabiru Sotobi, The Ayangburen of Ikorodu, alongside the Honorable Commissioner For Health represented by Permanent Secretary Dr Olusegun Ogboye, Mrs Kemi Ogunyemi HSC Commissioner IV, and Lagos State Health Service Commission Nurses led by Director of Nursing Services, Mrs Adebukola Cole.

Through her Wellbeing Foundation Africa, Her Excellency will continue to create pipelines that enable evidence-based and real solutions, and in-depth data-driven understanding to improve the prospects of women, children, and their communities, alongside strengthening our healthcare system and healthcare workers.

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