The Lagos state branch of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) says the suspect arrested for injecting Mohbad before his death is not a “qualified practitioner”.
On September 14, Joseph Aloba, Mohbad’s father, revealed he passed away after receiving an injection administered by an “auxiliary nurse”.
Iyabo Ojo, the Nigerian actress, recently confirmed the arrest of the “auxiliary nurse” by the Lagos police.
But in a statement on Friday, Oloruntoba Odumosu, NANNM state secretary, said the suspect arrested for injecting Mohbad “is not a registered nurse”.
In the statement, the association said the suspect is not “licensed to practice nursing in Nigeria”.
They also called on the police to conduct a thorough investigation into the case.
“The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Lagos State Council, expresses its deepest condolences to the family and associates of the late musician, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad, during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as we mourn his tragic passing,” the statement reads.
“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 Nurse.
“We emphasise the critical need to verify the qualifications and professional status of individuals before labelling them as healthcare professionals.
“We wish to clarify that the term ‘Auxiliary Nurse’ has no place within Nigeria’s healthcare system or its laws. An individual is either a qualified Nurse or an unqualified individual performing tasks beyond their competence.”
The association also urged the media to verify the qualifications and professional status of individuals before labelling them as healthcare professionals.
“Furthermore, we call on the investigating authorities and the media to exercise caution and accuracy in their reporting during this investigation,” it added.
“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.”
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