Nigerian Nurses’ Association Says Purported Nurse Who Gave MohBad Anti-Tetanus Injection Is Quack, Not Its Member

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The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives(NANNM) has said the nurse who treated the late Nigerian singer, Ilerioluwa Olademeji Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad, and reportedly gave him an injection before his death is not a registered health practitioner.

The union said this in a press statement dated September 22, 2023, released via the office ‘Of Toba Odumosu, State Secretary NANNM Lagos State Council, describing the arrested nurse as a “quack.”

On Thursday, it was reported that the Lagos State Police Command arrested the nurse.

A police source told SaharaReporters investigators established that the musician was beaten by the same people who always threatened and harangued him, after a show he had in Ikorodu.

He was said to have sustained injuries following the beating, leading him to seek the services of a nurse at home. It was learnt that Mohbad started convulsing after being given injections, one of which was said to be an anti-tetanus shot.

A tetanus shot is a toxoid vaccine that prevents tetanus, a life-threatening bacterial infection.
Reacting to this, the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) expressed their disappointment on how various media platforms qualified the arrested suspect as a Nurse without investigating her medical expertise.

The statement reads: “The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Lagos State Council, expresses its deepest condolences to the family and associates of the late musician, llerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad, during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as we mourn his tragic passing.

“We fully support the ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death and urge the relevant authorities to leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of justice for him.

“However, we must stress the importance of professionalism in reporting and conducting this investigation.

NANNM is closely monitoring the situation with keen interest. Our preliminary investigations indicate that the individual reportedly taken into custody by the police for providing care to Mohbad is not a registered NurseWe emphasize the critical need to verify the qualifications and professional status of individuals before labelling them as healthcare professionals.

“It is regrettable that Nigeria’s healthcare system faces significant regulatory challenges, leading to the presence of unqualified individuals performing medical roles they are not trained forIn Nigeria, to be recognized as a Nurse, one must complete a rigorous five-year Bachelor of Nursing Science program at a university, followed by an additional year of internship. Alternatively, one can undergo training at an accredited School/College of Nursing and become registered and licensed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN).

“We wish to clarify that the term ‘Auxiliary Nursehas no place within Nigeria’s healthcare system or its lawsAn individual is either a qualified Nurse or an unqualified individual performing tasks beyond their competence.

“Furthermore, we call on the investigating authorities and the media to exercise caution and accuracy in their reporting during this investigation. We will not tolerate any misrepresentation of Nurses and the Nursing profession. We demand that all media outlets that inaccurately reported the arrest of a Nurse take immediate corrective action to rectify their stories

“Once again, we extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Mohbad. We pray for the strength to endure this irreplaceable loss.”