Four Nigerian women have been recognized among the nominees for the 100 Outstanding Women Nurses, Midwives, and Leaders by the Women in Global Health for their pivotal role in providing health services in difficult times. The four women are Mary Agholor, the first Nigerian nurse to become a broadcaster and founder of the Nightingale Radio Station – a platform for nurses that also serves as an information hub for nurses and nursing bodies. Edidiong Asanga, the first and only nurse/midwife in Akwa Ibom State, who uses American sign language and Nigerian sign language to care for hearing-impaired patients. Emmanualla Inah, a registered nurse and midwife, who works in rural villages and took the time to learn and speak the local languages to understand the culture, practices and beliefs. Onyinyechi Madu, whose dedication has deeply impacted the local midwifery nursing community in Imo State. She has participated extensively in research and community care work that has positively impacted the lives of the poor and underprivileged in rural communities. The women were chosen for “their everyday heroism and service”, amidst the global health challenges. The list was compiled from a partnership of the World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Nursing Now, International Council of Nurses (ICN), International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), and Women in Global Health (WGH).
Nigerian women have been recognized among the nominees for the 100 Outstanding Women Nurses, Midwives, and Leaders by the Women in Global Health for their pivotal role in providing health services in difficult times.
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