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Nurses on Air To Re-brand Nursing Image , Begins Media Advocacy Tour in Lagos by katty : January 25, 2018, 06:58:18 AM
-Lagos Director of Nursing Services, Nurses on Air and Lagos NANNM President to visit Nollywood personalities such as Mr John Okafor aka Mr Ibu

The stage is set as Nigerian nurses under the aegies of Nurses on Air, kicks off its 2018 media advocacy and public enlightenment tour in the city of Lagos Nigeria today.

This Nurses on Air Nurses-Media Partnership Initiative is a project designed to assist the Nigeria media in raising the standard of health information dissemination, inadvertently improving the quality of lives of Nigerians; as well enhancing the quality of nursing service delivery system in alignment with existing global trends; all to the benefit of nation's health.

Today, Thursday 25th January 2018, Nigerian nurses will be paying an official courtesy visit to the current kingpin of dramatic comedy and multi awards winning Nollywood big fish, Mr. John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, to kick start a national tour to Nollywood and the film producing industry in preparation for the commemoration of the 2018 International Nurses Week.

The team of nurses is being led by the following:
1. Mrs. Olukemi Shonibare (Director of Nursing Services, Lagos State Ministry of Health)

2. Mr. Olurotimi Julius Awojide (Lagos State Chairman, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, NANNM)

3. Mr. Olaifa Clement (President, Association of General Private Nurses Practitioners, AGPNP)

4. Mr. Josiah Jackson-Okesola (Project Director/Team Lead, Nurses on Air,  NOA)

The event, which is the first official outing in the year for professional nurses who are members, fans and supporters of Nurses on Air, is set to trigger a series of advocacy activities geared at impacting positively on the health of Nigerians and enhancing access to qualitative nursing services.

Nurses on Air is Africa's foremost nurses media broadcasting platform (the first of its kind in Africa) and its ongoing project is passionately focused on public health promotion, prevention, education and advocacy in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), as well as World Health Organization (WHO) and International Council of Nurses' (ICN) desires to improve quality of lives of citizens through focus on Goal 3 of the SDG related to “Health and Well-Being.”

Nigerian nurses have unanimously reiterated their desires and eagerness to work in partnership with all professionals in the journalism field, film, comedy and music industry and every other reputable stakeholder in the business of information dissemination, public enlightenment and healthcare services for the sake of better healthcare services to Nigerians. 

As a matter of fact, with the ongoing collaborative move, the increasing incidences of errors in health information dissemination; misrepresentation of professional nurses via news reportage, media programs, dramas, soaps operas and movies; which over the years have done more damage than good, is set to be permanently put to the dagger.

Additionally, the rising mortalities and heartbreaking incidences of preventable deaths of loved ones caused by the proliferation of criminally trained quacks who have been completely mistaken for licenced professional nurses in all private healthcare institutions in Nigeria, has become a time bomb needing urgent detonation. Tragically, this move has waited for far too long considering the regretable pile of wasted lives!

The disastrous impact of inaccurate media health information, public misinformation and inadequate information as regards accessing lifesaving and qualitative healthcare services is apologetically disheartening.

Instead of folding arms and whining, Nigerian nurses, as major stakeholders and authority in the task of accurate health information dissemination, public health education and advocacy have taken the bull by the horn to embark on drastic measures that will support ongoing efforts at transforming the health fortune of the nation in the year 2018.

Below are a few list of the innovative strides being orchestrated by Nigerian nurses as an indication of their unstoppable commitment to boost ongoing investments made at reducing the disease burden of our country, ameliorating the socio-economic effects of professional brain drain and fighting medical tourism to a standstill.

1. The Nurses on Air Radio Show is the first of its kind in the history of Africa. (It commenced online operation in October 1st 2016 and is now set to hit major terrestrial stations across the country in different languages)

2. The Nurses on Air TV Channel, an unprecedented project which had its foundation laid 3 years ago, is set to become the first ever strictly Nurses TV Channel in Africa.
(The stage is now set for launching at the upcoming 2018 International Nurses Week)

3. The Nurses on Air TV Health Drama Series, "In the Line of Duty", is a maiden TV soap opera debuting on the African scene for the first time ever. (It is set to be unveiled at the 2018 International Nurses Week)

4. The Nurses-Media Partnership Initiative is an ongoing project set to capture the interest of veterans and work with notable professionals in the journalism world, film, comedy and music Industry .

Globally,  there is a progressive and dramatic change in the competencies and professional roles of the nursing workforce. All over the world, nurses have become established authorities and reputable leaders playing key roles in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) being currently promulgated by the United Nations, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Council of Nurses (ICN).

It is our belief that ongoing efforts and immense contributions of Nigerian nurses towards transforming the nursing service delivery system will not only yield unquantifiable benefits for the health of Nigerian citizens; but also consolidate the success of ongoing  efforts being embarked upon by the present day government and all stakeholders in the healthcare sector.

- Compiled by the Nurses on Air Re-branding Team

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