Akwa Ibom Nurse named among 100 Global Outstanding Nurses, Midwives


Edidiong Asanga, a Nurse from Akwa Ibom State has been named among 100 Outstanding Women Nurses and Midwives Leaders by the Women in Global Health.

Asanga who hails from Ikot Abasi Local Government Area was named along other three Nigerian Women nurses as part of activities to mark the 2020 International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

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A statement by WGH and YONM named Edidiong Asanga, Mary Ozuruonye Agholor, Emmanuella Inah, and Onyinyechi Susan Madu as the outstanding four Nigerian Nurses.

The statement noted that the 100 women were chosen for “their everyday heroism and service”, amidst the global health challenges.

The Statement noted “during the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, amidst a global pandemic, the courageous work of Nurses and Midwives deserves, more than ever, to be honored—not just by applause. Let us use the stories of their everyday heroism and service to call for all countries to invest in decent work and a new social contract for nurses and midwives as part of their commitment to health for all”.

According to the statement, “Despite shortages of Personal Protective Equipments, a lack of support and crippling uncertainty, these women represent millions more Nurses and Midwives on the frontlines of patient care, providing solutions, every day, to people around the globe.”

According to WGH and YONM, Asanga was the first and only Nurse/Midwife in Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria who employs the use of American Sign Language and Nigeria Sign Language for the care of hearing-impaired patients.

The statement said, “Previously Asanga has been a Surgical Nurse, Midwife, and even legislative intern carrying out health policy analyses. She is a highly experienced and sensitive Nurse-Midwife with an exceptional record of providing stellar medical and emotional services to all kinds of patients.

“Adept at functioning well in a high-pressure work environment, Asanga currently trains other Nurses on ASL and NSL to care for these clients wherever they may be found. She is raising a diverse health workforce and promoting a healthcare inclusive system. She currently works as a school healthcare Nurse at a special education centre.”

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