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Akwa Ibom State 2013 International Nurses Week Celebration
Date Posted: 24/Oct/2013
Akwa Ibom State Council
Akwa Ibom State Nurses held their 2013 International Nurses Week Celebration with the theme "Closing the Gap: Millenium Development goals 4,5 & 6" from 20th - 22nd October 2013. 
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The programme started with a thanksgiving service on the 20th at "the Presbyterian church, Wellington Bassey way, by 10am. On the 21st, there was at various health centres free health care services around the state, and finally on Tuesday the 22nd the "Official Opening ceremony/Scientific Session at the Civil service auditorium, Idongesit Nkanga Secretariate Complex which started by 10am.
In attendance where: 
Dr. EmemAbasi Bassey(The Honourable Commisioner for health Akwa Ibom State), 
Dr. Val Atah (Chairman Hosp. Management Board), 
Mrs Ekerebong Akpan  representing the Head of Service Mrs Cecilia Udoessien (Permanent Sec. Hosp. Board AK. State), 
Hon. Justice Charles Ikpe (President Ist love foundation), 
Mrs Iniubong Umoh (Director Healt Services L.G. Commision), 
Mr. Otu Ita Otoyo (Chairman L.G. Service Commision), 
Mrs Cecillia Ikinwot (Director Nursing Services Min. Health AKState), 
Mr Michael Orikpo (Rep. Nat. President NANNM), 
Mrs Harriette Ekwere (D.N.S Hospt. Management Board), 
Comrade Patrick Udoh (PRO NANNM), 
Mr Sam Usonudo (Rep. Special Advisor Labour and Productivity), 
Elder and Barister E. Ikpe, 
Comrade Tom Ebanm (CHairman NANNM Rivers State), 
Comrade Chief Mike Arikpo (Rep. NANNM Chairman), 
Comrade Mike Akpan (For State Med & Health), 
Mrs Enebong Umoh (Dir. in charge of Nurses LGA), 
Mrs Ekaite Akpan (Principal Sch. of Midwifery Ituk Mbang), 
Mrs Mercy Chiadi Maduforo (Dir. Pub. Health H.M.B), and other members of the Hospital mangement board "Obong Oforo J.P, Essien Okon Essien, Martins Ekom amongst others.
The Opening remarks were given by Mrs Ekerobong Akpan as the chairman: 
"Good morning to they that keep the hospitals alive, Nurses whom when the light is out and everywhere is like a graveyard are still there, Good morning to the "Nightengales of our time", On behalf of Mrs Cecilia Udoesien i welcome you all to the start of our 2013 International Nurses Week Celebration. Thank you"
Followed by a welcome song by the Yr. 2 students of the Sch. of Nursing Ituk Mbang
The Com. Health Dr EmemAbasi Bassey, gave a brief statement appologising for his brief stay for the programme for a state function, with a statement:
"Theres no way NANNM would have a so important occasion without my being present because of the importance of Nurses to the health care system because in the health system we can do without Doctors but we can never do without Nurses at all levels of care, Its also my Privilage to having being brought up by a Nurse (My Mom), so i always tell my younger colleages in this profession always try to listen to the more experienced Nurses in your place of work, and please Nurses try not to laugh at us when when we make mistakes....
Closing Remarks: My prayer is that we would achieve our aims of meeting these millenuim developement goals by 2015. Thank you for this previlage and have a great Celebration "
A keynote address was given by Mrs Cecillia Ikinwot (DNS-MOH). 
Followed by speeches from Mr. Otu Ita Otoyo (Chairman L.G. Service Commision):
"...If I had his way during the promotion exams recently done I would put all Nurses in charge of all Loal Governments, because though all the interviews done it was the most edifying experience, in my estimation Nursing is probably the only profession with roots still grounded.... I am thankful for the invitation.
Hon. Justice Charles Ikpe:
"...I stand in this hall as a very proud son of Nurses, every oune of my blood nurtured by you. Thank you for allowing us to use this platform to continue what our father Comrade Udoh Ikpe started. Im here to assure you that his legacy would continue to grow as we elevate Nursing from a profession to a culture, "personally i think i should have branched out by being a Nurse myself...
Dr. Val Atah:
...I congratulate you all for holding this programme and a goal of mine is to ensure that specialty in Nursing is achieved like Pediatric, Othopeadic, Perioperative & theatre, Opthalmic, Trauma amongst others.... 
There were also goodwill messages from The Chairman NLC, Chairman TUC and DNS-HMB

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