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Nigerian Nurses Association: Mohbad: Nurse Who Treated Late Singer Quack, Not Our Member

According to the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), the nurse who allegedly administered an injection to the late Nigerian musician Ilerioluwa Olademeji Aloba, better known by his stage name Mohbad, before his death, is not a licensed healthcare provider

In a press release dated September 22, 2023, issued through the office of Toba Odumosu, State Secretary NANNM Lagos State Council, the union made this claim and referred to the arrested nurse as a “quack.”The nurse was reportedly taken into custody by the Lagos State Police Command on Thursday

According to a police source, after the musician’s performance in Ikorodu, the same individuals who regularly threatened and harrassed him were found to have beat him

He allegedly suffered injuries as a result of the beating, prompting him to look for a nurse at home. Mohbad reportedly began convulsing following injections, one of which was reportedly an anti-tetanus shot

A tetanus shot is a toxoid vaccine that guards against the potentially fatal bacterial infection tetanus

The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) reacted to this by expressing their displeasure over how various media outlets classified the apprehended suspect as a Nurse without verifying her medical training

The statement reads: “During this trying time, the family and friends of the late singer, llerioluwa Aloba, better known as Mohbad, are extended our sincere condolences by the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Lagos State Council. In light of his untimely demise, they are in our thoughts and prayers

“We firmly urge the competent authorities to exhaust all available resources in their pursuit of justice for him and fully support the current investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death”

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We must emphasize the significance of professionalism in reporting and carrying out this investigation, though

NANNM is keenly interested in the situation and is closely monitoring it. According to our early research, the person who was allegedly detained by the police for caring for Mohbad is not a registered nurse.We stress how important it is to confirm a person’s credentials and professional status before designating them as a healthcare professional

It is regrettable that Nigeria’s healthcare system experiences significant regulatory difficulties, which results in the presence of people who are not qualified performing medical tasks for which they have not received the appropriate training. In Nigeria, a person must successfully complete a demanding five-year Bachelor of Nursing Science program at a university, followed by an additional year of internship, in order to be recognized as a nurse. An alternative is to enroll in a nursing program at a school or college that has been accredited and get registration and licensure from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN)

We want to make it clear that the phrase “auxiliary nurse” is not used in Nigeria’s healthcare system or legal framework.A person is either a licensed nurse conducting tasks within their scope of practice or an unlicensed person

“Furthermore, we urge the media and the investigative authorities to be careful and accurate in their reporting during this investigation. Any misrepresentation of nurses or the nursing profession will not be tolerated. We demand that the stories that were incorrectly reported by all media outlets about the arrest of a nurse be corrected right away

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We once more offer our sincere sympathies to Mohbad’s family, friends, and supporters. We ask for courage to withstand this irreplaceable loss in prayer

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