By JAMES EZEMA
All is set for the for 2017 West African College of Nursing (WACN) 14th Biennial General Meeting (BGM), 23rd Scientific Session and 37th Council Meeting scheduled to take place in the nation capital Abuja as the Federal Government of Nigeria has concluded plans to host the event.
With the theme: ‘Emerging Health Emergencies: Community and Health Workforce Response in the Sub-region, the Conference begins on July 1st and ends on July 8, 2017.
While announcing this in Abuja in Friday, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole gave a brief background of the WACN.
According to him, the college is an agency of the West African Health Organization with headquarters in Burkina Faso.
The Minister explained that the College was officially inaugurated in Banjul, the Gambia in April 1981 with the aim to promote excellence in nursing education and maintain the standard of nursing within the Sub-region, contribute to the improvement of health care within the West African Sub-region as well as promote and encourage research in the field of nursing.
He added that the membership of the WACN comprises Anglo and Franco-phone countries in West Africa namely: Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra-Leone and recently Benin Republic who joined in 2003 and hosted the Biennial General Meeting in 2009.
Adewole said that member countries of the college host the Biennial General Meetings and Scientific Conference on rotational basis, adding that the last BGM was hosted by Ghana in 2015.
The Director (Media &Public Relations Unit), Mrs. Boade Akinola, in a statement noted that Nigeria last hosted the BGM in March 2005.
According to her, the Minister has expressed optimism that the BGM and Scientific Conferences offer opportunities for Nurses and Midwives from the Sub-region to share experience in nursing education and practice.
“The Conference seeks to address among other issues to include emerging impact of Non-Communicable Diseases, emerging health emergencies in Infant and young child feeding and protection of Healthcare Workers during conflict and insurgencies”, she quoted the Minister as saying.