A retired Deputy Director, Nursing Services of Lagos State University College of Medicine, Modupe Shode, has said that Lagos State’s nurses want to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals in any way they can. She said this on Tuesday at the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives’ 10th state annual conference and scientific workshop in Ikeja.
Speaking on the theme, ‘Sustainable Development Goals: Nurses at the Forefront of Transforming Lives Today and Tomorrow,’ she said, “Nurses choose to make the sacrifice to help others day in, day out and we have a responsibility to help achieve the SDGs. We want to contribute to it because we are caring, we believe it is the right thing to do and we believe this change in our country is possible.
“Poverty affects a lot of people as well as the goals so we as nurses, are here to reduce poverty. We are going to help those who cannot afford to pay their hospital bills by partnering non-governmental organisations to set them up with petty trade and skill acquisition programmes.” she added.
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Primary Health Care Board, Dr Tayo Lawal, said, “This conference will be used to assess our leadership competencies, the effect of different leadership styles executed by leaders and the quality of health services we offer. In terms of human resources, infrastructure, and welfare, nurses are essential and these factors are directly related to the SDGs.”
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