Nurses as well as other medical practitioners in Ogun state under the auspices of National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwivery, Federal Medical Center,Idi-Aba. Abeokuta have launched a foundation in honour of their colleague, Mrs. Adesuyi Kikelomo Omobolanle who was infected with Lassa fever in the cause of service and died .
Late Mrs Kikelomo, according to her colleagues at the Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta, was a “friendly, diligent, and committed nurse who has left a legacy for humanity.”
NANNM FMCA in collaboration with the diseased family on Tuesday, December 19 organised a memorial inaugural lecture where the foundation was launched.
The Mama Adesuyi Kikelomo Omobolanle Ruth Foundation (AKORF), according to the organizers of the event would cater for the less privileged in getting care and affection.
The programme was attended by the deceased’s nuclear family, who include her husband and three children.
The husband, Pastor Adesuyi Olumide, in his speech disclosed that the foundation is going to be a non- governmental organization, having no affiliation with any political or religious group.
His words, “It is a non-governmental organization; non -religious, non -political. Membership is open to all kinds of people.
“The aim is to immortalize the name of Omobolanle to keep her vision, dream and passion alive.
“It is to coordinate the affairs of people who have the interest of less privileged people at heart.
“Every man or woman is less privileged in one area or the other, especially in the area of health.
“Today we are calling on all Nigerians to support this vision, let us put resources together to help the less privileged in our community. It is a voluntary humanitarian service.”
Olumide extolled his late wife for his commitment and dedication to the nursing profession.
He said, “Bolanle works in the emergency department of the federal medical center, without information that the patient was infected with lassa fever.
“Bolanle on duty with her care and patience got infected with the virus on the 17th December, 2016.
“In her little way, she impacted lives of people. She diligently discharged her duty as a nursing officer.
“It is her desire to see the emergency department equipped with medical facilities. She is also desirous of seeing nurses further their education.”
Meanwhile, the guest lecturer, Mrs. Imhonopi Gloria Abosede delivered a painstaking lecture on the transmission, prevention, and treatment of the virus, stating that “Lassa fever is not a death sentence”
In the lecture titled ‘Viral Haemorrlagic fever; The Past, Present & Future, FMC Perspective,’ She said “Infection is mild or asymopomatic in 80 – 81% cases…. and severe in pregnant women”
She disclosed that the Federal Medical Center had witnessed nine cases of Lassa fever; five of which was confirmed dead, while two were discharged hale.
She called for training and retraining of concerned staff including research, and also demanded that workers at the isolated center be given special reward