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Why I went naked before some nurses – Peter Obi


Peter Obi

The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2019 elections, Peter Obi, has explained why he recently went butt naked before some nurses recently.

Obi, who spoke at the Maiden Convocation of the College of Nursing Sciences, Diocesan Hospital, Amichi in Anambra State on Saturday, described how powerful, important and sensitive the medical and nursing profession is.

He recalled how he recently went to a hospital in Enugu and the doctor sought his opinion on the necessity of his being examined naked in the presence of a young doctor and two young female nurses.

Obi said he did not object as he insisted he must be treated as a patient and nothing more.

“Even when the young female nurses, seeing me, wanted to leave, I insisted otherwise, while appealing to them to see me as a patient and not as a former Governor,” he said.

Obi expressed happiness on the sustenance of the revolution in the health sector by the Church.

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He recalled how no health institution was accredited in Anambra State when he was the Governor and how his partnership with the Church resulted in the establishment of 12 accredited health institutions, including church-owned schools of Nursing and Midwifery.

He joined other speakers in thanking Bishop Ephraim Ikeakor profusely for remaining committed to hard work that has enabled him to achieve feats beyond imagination.

He assured him that he would remain part of the development of the school, since education, according to him, is the driver of the world today.

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Delivering the Convocation Speech on the topic: “Strengthening Professionalism in Healthcare Amidst COVID-19 pandemic: the Role of the Nurse,” Prof. Udegbunam Ele, after thorough explanation of what professionalism and ethics are, called on the graduating nurses as part and parcel of healthcare personnel to be guided by the highest principles of ethics.

The lecturer, who disagreed with Obi, who earlier asserted that nurses were the most important in healthcare delivery, said it was the patient instead.

He said the patient has the inalienable right to life and must be treated with the utmost care, including seeing that they die with dignity.

He called on graduating nurses to be excited by the very nature of their profession, described their work as critical being the most intimate health personnel to the patient.

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Above all, he called for fear of God among them.

In his speech, the Anglican Bishop of Amichi and the Proprietor of the school, Most Rev. Ephraim Ikeakor, said he was overwhelmed with joy at the level the school has reached since 2015 when the journey started.

The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2019 elections, Peter Obi, described the Nursing profession as a noble and dignified one.

He said by their work they were contributing so much to the preservation of the species and can, in a manner of speaking, be obviously regarded as essential to the health of the society.