By Dipo Olowookere
The Lagos State School of Nursing in Igando has matriculated the set of 2016 student midwives at a recent ceremony held at the school premises.
Speaking at the event, formally known as capping and strapping ceremony, the Coordinator of the School, Mrs Oyefunso Orenuga, described the midwifery profession as the backbone of health care delivery as nurses are found in all aspects of life.
She commended the state government for keying into the global drive to improve maternal and child health by establishing Maternal Child Care (MCC) clinics across the state to cater for pregnant women and babies.
Mrs Orenuga, however, advised the students to be hard working, diligent and submissive to their tutors in order to be able to absorb adequately all that they will be taught as well as inculcate the needed ethics to excel in the profession.
In her remarks, the Director Nursing Services, Mrs Dorcas Shonibare, congratulated the students for scaling through the first six months of the three-year Basic Midwifery Programme, saying that they must be ready to work hard and perform excellently in their duties.
She also applauded the efforts of the tutors for the high-quality training, saying that the graduating Nurses can compete favourably with their peers anywhere in the world.
The Head, School of Midwifery, Ms Taiwo Olugbade described the capping and strapping as a tradition that the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has encouraged all Schools of Nursing to observe.
“That is the matriculation of students for three years Basic Midwifery course; a prerequisite for registration of students for Basic Midwifery Programme after successful completion of the first year, first semester examination in order to qualify for indexing by Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (N&MCN)” she said.
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