Private nurses under the aegis of the Association of General and Private Nursing Practitioners of Nigeria, Lagos State Branch, have said that Oyekanmi, an auxiliary nurse, who pulled out a baby’s arm during delivery is a quack.
The State Chairman of the association, Clement Olaifa, at a press briefing said that the facility where the baby was delivered was also not known to the professional body.
Olaifa, who warned Nigerians to stop patronising facilities operated by auxiliary nurses, said the titles were not recognised by the Nigerian constitution guiding the profession.
“The person who took delivery of the baby in the Ikorodu hospital is a quack and not a nurse. The facility should not have been registered in the first place. There is no title like ‘auxiliary’ in the Nigerian Constitution. An auxiliary is a help; it’s not a recognised title.”
The PUNCH had reported that Oyekanmi, pulled off a baby’s hand while taking a delivery in her maternal home in the Ikorodu area of Lagos.
The centre was sealed by the state government and its regulatory agency.
Olaifa, advised patients, especially pregnant women, to conduct investigations before registering at health centres as failure to do so may cost them their lives in the hands of quacks.
“This case has once again revealed the fact that many don’t know who a nurse is. A nurse is someone that attended at least a school of nursing or midwifery whose equivalent is a Higher Diploma.
“Not everyone that wears uniform in a hospital is a nurse or a doctor. Patients also tend to want to tag male nurses as doctors. This is wrong.”
He noted that the association was deliberating on the need to change the term ‘auxiliary’ as many patients are being exploited with the title.
The State Publicity Relations Officer of the association, Mr. Dennis Azuju, called on the Health Facility Accreditation and Monitoring Agency and the Lagos State Government, to check the activities of quacks, especially at the grass roots.
“About 40 per cent of those who parade themselves as nurses are quacks. We are calling on HEFAMAA to check the activities of these individuals. We can only give information of such cases, it’s not in our power to shut them down.”
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