News » Okoh urges health workers to Emulate Florence Nightingale


Health workers all over the world have been advised to always discharge their duties with a sense of commitment, devotion and resilience so as not only to save lives but help to protect and conserve. Giving the advice at the College of Nursing Sciences, Amichi diocese during the official commissioning of projects in the institution, as the part of activities lined up at the just celebrated tenth year Anniversary of the diocese, the Archbishop, Metropolitan, and Primate of All Nigeria, His Grace, the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, advised the workers at the College of Nursing Sciences to brace up to the challenges of their office, urging them that they are called to serve as pastors to the sick. ‘‘You are called to be pastors to serve the sick man, sick woman, sick child, sick person and the way you minister to such people will contribute to their recovery. You may not even give any tablet or injection, but your ability to simile, your ability to encourage will show that you are a descendant of Florence Nightingale." He explained the roles played by Florence Nightingale in saving human life in her days and urged today’s health workers to be the Florence Nightingale in their various duty posts. ‘‘There are certain duties that are very demanding that you stay there so that you will attend to that person and if you leave the place that person is likely to die but you say it does not matter, but your conscience will tell you that you have not contributed to the healing of that person’’. Continuing, the Primate said ‘‘so as we commission this place, we commission it as a center of healing, as a center of training, as a center of progress for the community and their health’’.