The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Lagos State chapter, has revealed that the individual reportedly arrested for administering an injection to the late singer, Mohbad, is not a registered nurse.
This statement was made by Toba Odumosu, the state secretary of the association.
The NANNM has also called on the media to verify the qualifications and professional status of individuals before identifying them as healthcare practitioners.
This revelation comes in light of the circumstances surrounding Mohbad’s death on September 12, 2023, where it was alleged that he received an injection from an auxiliary nurse.
News About Nigeria gathered that Mohbad’s father, Joseph Aloba, expressed doubts about this account and mentioned the lack of information regarding the nurse’s qualifications.
The Lagos State Police Command recently announced that an autopsy was conducted on Mohbad’s body, and his remains have been deposited at the mortuary.
The Lagos State Council of NANNM offered condolences to Mohbad’s family and associates during this difficult time and stressed the importance of professionalism in reporting and conducting the ongoing investigation into the singer’s death.
The council emphasised that in Nigeria, nurses must complete a rigorous five-year Bachelor of Nursing Science program at a university or undergo training at an accredited school or college of nursing to become recognised as qualified nurses.
The term ‘Auxiliary Nurse’ was noted to have no place within Nigeria’s healthcare system or its laws, and individuals are either qualified nurses or unqualified individuals performing tasks beyond their competence.
The NANNM called on the investigating authorities and the media to exercise caution and accuracy in their reporting during the investigation and demanded that media outlets that inaccurately reported the arrest of a nurse take immediate corrective action to rectify their stories.