By Maudlyn Eduke
Bayelsa State First Lady, Dr. Mrs Gloria Diri, has charged nurses to strengthen their knowledge base by building capacity in relevant areas with a view to effectively manage Primary Health Care system.
She said acquiring new skills in accordance with global best practices will sustain and provide the desired reform in that sector.
Mrs Diri according to her media aide, Maria Olodi-Osumah, gave the charge on Monday when she declared open the 31st National Conference of the Professional Association of Public Health Nurses of Nigeria (PAPHNON) in Yenagoa.
She acknowledged that Primary Health Care practice is community based and closest to the rural populace, noting that as such, commitment and dedication are requisites to maintaining, promoting good health and prevention of diseases.
According to her the challenges of Public Health Nursing where a nurse now attends to thirty Patients as against one Nurse to four patients in the past, leave nurses with little or no option but to deliberately handle all patients with utmost care to achieve the Vision 2030.
She noted that the week long conference will chat a new cause for all participants and change the narrative of staff shortage in the primary Healthcare centers across the state.
Earlier, the member representing Yenagoa Constituency 2 and Chief Whip of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Hon. Ebiuwou Koku-Obiyai, the State Coordinator PAPHNON, Pasisei Ikiomoton accompanied the visiting National and State Executive members of PAPHNON on a Courtesy visit to the First Lady at her office in Government House Yenagoa.
The State Commissioner for Health Dr.Pabara Newton Igwelle, Vice Chancellor Bayelsa Medical University, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, Chief Executive Officer Baraza Multi Purpose Cooperative Ach. Pastor Miebi Bribina represented by Chief Kingsley Feboke, Chairman Bayelsa Primary HealthCare Board, Mrs Victoria Denenu,Traditional Rulers, amongst other dignitaries attended the opening ceremony.
The theme for the annual Conference is
Universal Health Coverage: Vision 2030, Let’s make it happen.