NAUTH NURSES HOLD DEBATE
The Department of Nursing Services, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi, organized her first annual “Nurses Scientific Debate”. The debate was held at the Hospital’s Theatre Complex. It was conducted in partnership with Nestle Nutrition Nigeria Plc, in support of the fight against malnutrition and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The debate which was titled “The cause of malnutrition in Nigeria, Poverty or Ignorance”, was officially opened by the Chief Medical Director, Prof. A.O. Igwegbe, ably represented by his second in command, the CMAC of the hospital, Dr. E.E. Afiadigwe.
In his opening remarks, the Chief Medical Director commended the nurses for organizing the debate noting that it was a big innovation which depicts that the nurses are stakeholders in the organization and management of any corporate hospital, and in effect reminded them of the need to work in harmony with other workers for the upliftment of the hospital.
In her welcome address, the Head of Nursing Services, Lady Ada Onyeyili welcomed the participants, nurses, Nestle representatives and other stakeholders present at the occasion. She said that malnutrition was one of the main problems being faced in child healthcare and described it as one of the leading factor for MDG in the country and stressed the need to carry out more research on the causes of malnutrition in Nigeria.
The debate saw both poverty and ignorance as contributing factors but had more support for poverty.
In his vote of thanks, the Field Operation Manager of Nestle Nutrition, Edidion Ikpat, thanked the participants especially the nurses for making the debate a success and urged them to support the fight against malnutrition in Nigeria. The highlights of the occasion were the presentation of gifts to the winners by the Nestle Fields Operation Manager and group photographs by the participants.