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Emergency Nurses Association Of Nigeria Hold Conference

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The 7th Annual National Scientific Conference/ Workshop of the Emergency Nurses Association of Nigeria (ENAN) has been concluded.

The weeklong event, which encapsulated the association’s annual general meeting, climaxed yesterday.

Themed ‘Emergency Medical Service System, A Veritable Tool For Universal Health Coverage In Nigeria’, the conference held at the Malaria Research Centre (MRC) Hall of the Lagos State University (LASUTH), Ikeja.

Day one of the event witnessed the arrival of the participants, while day two to four saw the delivery of papers on several topics. Day five witnessed an educational visit to some selected industries and tourist sites in Lagos State, while the event was climaxed with the association’s Ordinary Annual General Meeting.

Delivering the welcome address, the Chairman ENAN, Nurse Abdullahi D. Yahaya, said the conference was thoughtfully chosen to bring to focus the very important tool missing in Nigeria’s national healthcare policy structure.

According to him, the absence of the tool has been affecting collective efforts at providing emergent, immediate and prompt healthcare services to those in critical need. 

Also speaking, Mrs. Margret O. Oseni, opined that the effectiveness of the emergency medical service system (EMSS), has been hampered by various challenges, ranging from funding to inadequate infrastructure among others, adding that for the EMSS to work effectively, it will need various stakeholders to work together in areas of government funding, infrastructures, modern equipment and favourable policies.

While reading her keynote address, Mrs. Oseni added that an enabling environment, safe working conditions, staff training and motivation among hospital management would also help ensure the effectiveness of EMSS.

According to her, team spirit, competencies through constant development and practise, research, right attitude, scientific approach in client management, proper communication and documentation will also ensure an effective and efficient EMSS.

Present at the conference were top dignitaries including Dr. Jide Idris, Hon. Commissioner for Health, Lagos State; Mrs. Kemi Ogunyemi, Commissioner IV; Prof. Adewale Oke, Chief Medical Director LASUTH; Dr. Mustapha Ibrahim, Director Clinical Service and Training (DCST LASUTH), among others.

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