By Hussaina Sufyan Ahmed
Kano State government has approved the establishment of the School of Post Basic Ophthalmic Nursing this afternoon at the opening declaration of the 34th annual National Scientific Delegate Conference and Free Eye Care Services organised by the Nigeria Ophthalmic Nurses Association (NONA) held at the Coronation Hall, Government House, Kano State.
The Governor of the stage, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje emphasized his administration’s commitment towards revamping the health sector.
In his statement ”our administration has been according priority attention to the health care delivery because the growth and development of any nation is tied to sound health. In order to make this effort actualized, we allocated 15% of the 2021 budget to the health sector of kano State, this is in line with the Abuja declaration; and are envisaging higher in the next fiscal year”.
Dr Ganduje, ably represented by his Deputy Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, said that in recognition of the significance of eye care services for human development, the state government has approved the establishment of the School of Post Basic Ophthalmic Nursing at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Kano.
The theme of the conference is “Exploring Global Advancement And Innovation In Ophthalmic Nursing”. The Governor, while describing it as apt, said he feels the theme emanated from the desire to review the performance of the noble profession of ophthalmic nursing in order to enhance maximum efficiency and productivity.
In their separate remarks, the National President of the Nigeria Ophthalmic Nurses Association and his Kano State counterparts, Stephen Lamiya and Saleh Iliyasu Dan Hassan, respectively, said the occasion serves as the culmination of an enormous collective effort of various stakeholders from local, state and national level of ophthalmic Nurses and ophthalmologist which began in November 2020.
They further said considering the fact that the eye is a fragile and very sensitive organ of the body which requires very cautious attention, there is an alignment with the chosen theme of 2021 World Dight Day “Love Your Eyes”, hence called on all ophthalmic Nurses to rededicate their services to the profession and the country.
Others who spoke during the occasion included the Commissioner Of Health Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, the Chief Medical Director of the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Prof. Abdurrahman Sheshe and Dr Ado Shehu Ringim from Maryam Abacha American University.