TOYIN ADEBAYO, ABUJA
A Civil Society Organization, under the agies of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America (NANNNA) has donated 300 face shields to the Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS) of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
Donating the item, the leader of NANNNA, Nurse Martin Eyube, said that the gesture was to express members care and support to their country of origin and to remind Nigerians that Nigeria nurses abroad were still part of the family at home Nigeria.
He added that, “These nurses here are trained and registered in Nigeria, but they are already practising in the North American Continent in USA, Mexico, Brazil and Canada.
According to him; “The idea behind this donation is to support the healthcare system in Nigeria, we have about 300 face masks to support and contribute our own quota in the fight against COVID-19 in the Federal Capital Territory.
“The main aim of this initiative is to remind the entire Nigerian community that the nurses home and abroad are still nurses for Nigeria, haven been train earlier in their country before going out there.
He continued; “This gesture is a way of reaching out and build a robust relationship with the practising nurses here in Nigeria.
While receiving the items, the Acting Secretary of the HHSS, Dr. Mohammed Kawu, appreciated the gesture, while noting that the donation was a plus on the side of the association.
Kawu, who was represented by the the Director, Nursing Services, FCT Hospital Management Board, Mrs Grace Eleri, said that HHSS had received numerous donations from different NGOs as support to curb the spread of COVID-19.
She further stated that; “This kind of presentation has been witnessed in other states, we are really glad to have you here in FCT to donate this item in the fight against COVID-19.
“The health workers will use this protective shields to guide against the spread of the virus. They are in the war front, it is a battle field, they volunteer to be part of the COVID-19 story in order to care for this nation,” Kawu said.
Earlier, Mrs Grace Musa-Leo, Director of the Nursing Department, FCTA, HHSS appreciated the association, saying that members have really put in their best to curtail the spread of the novel Corona virus pandemic.
She prayed for God’s blessing and sustainability upon the association, adding that the donation was the beginning of better things that would enhance collaboration with nurses in Nigeria, and Federal Capital Territory.