The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives has refuted the claim that a nurse administered drugs on the late musician, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.
NANNM in a statement issued by its state secretary, Toba Odumosu on Friday said it’s misplaced to called a quack or unqualified individuals as ‘auxiliary nurse’, adding that there is no such designation in the medical profession.
The group said preliminary investigation revealed that the nurse that had been taken into police custody for providing care for Mohbad before his demise was not registered.
NANNM however advised that proper scrutiny ought to have been done to know the qualified medical personnel from quacks so as to forestall the unfortunate circumstances such may have on patients.
Below is the full statement.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA NURSES AND MIDWIVES (NANNM) RESPONDS TO MISREPORTING ON THE ARREST IN MOHBAD’S DEATH INVESTIGATION
Lagos, 22nd September 2023
The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Lagos State Council, expresses its deepest condolences to the family and associates of the late musician, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad, during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as we mourn his tragic passing.
We fully support the ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death and urge the relevant authorities to leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of justice for him.
However, we must stress the importance of professionalism in reporting and conducting this investigation.
NANNM is closely monitoring the situation with keen interest.
Our preliminary investigations indicate that the individual reportedly taken into custody by the police for providing care to Mohbad is not a registered Nurse.
We emphasize the critical need to verify the qualifications and professional status of individuals before labeling them as healthcare professionals.
It is regrettable that Nigeria’s healthcare system faces significant regulatory challenges, leading to the presence of unqualified individuals performing medical roles they are not trained for.
In Nigeria, to be recognized as a Nurse, one must complete a rigorous five-year Bachelor of Nursing Science program at a university, followed by an additional year of internship.
Alternatively, one can undergo training at an accredited School/College of Nursing and become registered and licensed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN).
We wish to clarify that the term ‘Auxiliary Nurse’ has no place within Nigeria’s healthcare system or its laws. An individual is either a qualified Nurse or an unqualified individual performing tasks beyond their competence.
Furthermore, we call on the investigating authorities and the media to exercise caution and accuracy in their reporting during this investigation.
We will not tolerate any misrepresentation of Nurses and the Nursing profession. We demand that all media outlets that inaccurately reported the arrest of a Nurse take immediate corrective action to rectify their stories.
Once again, we extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Mohbad. We pray for the strength to endure this irreplaceable loss.
NANNM Lagos State Council