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70 matriculate at School of Nursing, Umulogho

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A total of 70 student nurses, who had successfully scaled through the often-dreaded Preliminary Training Studies (PTS) examination, were on Friday, December 6, 2013 capped during a colourful capping/matriculation ceremony of Batch 2012 set of the School of Nursing, Our Lady of Mercy Hospital Umulogho, Obowo.

The ceremony, which was attended by parents and guardians of the matriculants, also attracted dignitaries from all walks of life including top government officials, health experts such as Principals of other schools of nursing in Imo State, priests and religious.

His Lordship, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu, Catholic Bishop of Okigwe and proprietor of the institution presided at the Eucharistic celebration to mark the occasion.

The highlights of the ceremony were: dancing into the celebration arena by the matriculating students led by their own “Florence Nightingale”, the Lady with a lamp (the founder of nursing profession) and a display of the popular Nkwa Umuagbogho cultural dance.  Gifts were also presented by the Student Union Government (SUG) to the best three students of the 2012 Batch namely: Anyanwu Theresa O., Mbadinuju Lynda A., and Anyanwu Chiamaka, who clinched the first, second and third positions respectively.

Preaching the homily at the Holy Mass, Bishop Amatu commended the staff and students of the school under the leadership of Rev. Sr. IfeanyiChukwu Nwachukwu, saying that their achievements were so glaring even to the blind.  He praised parents and guardians for their wisdom in sacrificing their resources to give quality education/training to their wards and assured them that they will never regret doing so.

The proprietor charged the students to reciprocate the good works of their parents and teachers by getting their priorities right and concentrating on their studies regarding every other activity as secondary.

In her address of welcome, the Principal, Rev. Sr. Nwachukwu charged the matriculating students to be diligent in their work, provide love and care for the sick and regard their career as service to God.  She urged them to remember, “whatever you do to the least of the patients, you do to Christ the healer”.

Rev. Sr. Nwachukwu advised them to cultivate the virtues of discipline, prudence, uphold the ethics of the profession and remain good ambassadors of the school and their families at all times.

She expressed gratitude to the proprietor, Bishop Amatu for his support and for honouring the invitation and thanked in a special way the Dean, Rev. Fr. Chris Ogu, their Chaplain, other priests, sisters, guests, parents, staff, students, Director of Nursing in the State Ministry of Health, Mrs. Victoria Chukwueke and the Abia State Council for Arts and Culture.

The Imo State Commissioner for Finance, Deacon Chike Okafor, Chairman of the occasion was represented by Hon. Ben Uwakwe.  In his speech the Commissioner commended the Catholic Church for its role in the area of provision of health care.

In an exclusive interview with The Leader, the Principal, Rev. Sr. Nwachukwu listed some of the achievements of her management to include: fencing of the hostels to ensure greater security, professional excellence and ICT compliance.  She identified the lack of electricity supply from the national grid as the greatest challenge to the school.  According to her, the school spends so much money on purchase of diesel in order to power her generating sets, so as to keep their facilities functional and so called on government to come to their aid.

In a welcome speech  presented at the occasion,  the matriculating students promised to be of good conduct and live up to expectations.

The principals of other schools of nursing present were: Mrs. Nnodi – Holy Rosary Emekuku, Rev. Sr. Ogu – School of Nursing, Joint Hospital Amaigbo and  Mrs. Ugorji M.N., Ministry of Health, Owerri.


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