The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has issued a press statement dated September 22, 2023, via the office of Toba Odumosu, State Secretary NANNM Lagos State Council, regarding the arrest of a nurse in connection with the late Nigerian singer Mohbad’s case. The union disputes the nurse’s qualifications and professional status, emphasizing the importance of accurate reporting and investigations in such cases.
On Thursday, it was reported that the Lagos State Police Command had arrested the nurse. According to a police source, it was revealed that the musician, Mohbad, had been assaulted by individuals who had previously threatened him after a show in Ikorodu. He sought the services of a nurse at home due to injuries sustained during the assault. Unfortunately, Mohbad experienced convulsions after receiving injections, one of which was an anti-tetanus shot.
In response to this incident, the NANNM expressed condolences to the family and associates of the late musician, emphasizing the need for professionalism in reporting and investigations. They stated that the individual taken into custody was not a registered nurse, highlighting the challenges in Nigeria’s healthcare system concerning the qualifications and training of healthcare professionals.
The NANNM clarified that in Nigeria, individuals must complete a rigorous five-year Bachelor of Nursing Science program at a university or undergo training at an accredited School/College of Nursing to become recognized as a nurse. The term “Auxiliary Nurse” was deemed inappropriate within Nigeria’s healthcare system, and the union called for accuracy and caution in reporting by investigating authorities and the media.
The NANNM extended its condolences to Mohbad’s family, friends, and fans, expressing support for the ongoing investigation and urging corrective action by media outlets that inaccurately reported the arrest of a nurse.
The union emphasized its commitment to upholding the standards and professionalism of nursing in Nigeria and demanded that all healthcare professionals be accurately represented and recognized for their qualifications and expertise.