Speaker for Nursing Conferences 2019- Nwoke, Ngozi Otah

Title: Mitigating The Impacts And Impediments In The Pursuit Of Viable Quality Health Care During Epidemics

Nwoke, Ngozi Otah

Abia State Nursing Council Of Nigeria, Nigeria


Mrs. Nwoke studied Health Education at College of Education Enugu and graduated as B.SCHED. She was trained as a midwife with school of Midwifery, Umuahia in 2000 and received her Registration as a Midwife at the same institution. She was also trained as a general Nurse with the School of Nursing Aba and graduated as a registered Nurse in 1999.


Health is a very important resource and the number one wealth for individuals and nations thus should be guarded jealously at all times. Health industry has known challenges in course of her growth and development, one of such is consumerism, with quality care being recognised as a right rather than a privilege (WHO, 2017). Healthcare consumers are not only more knowledgeable in health issues, aware of their right to quality health care but also demand value for the money they pay to healthcare systems. The right to health care decision has also moved from health care providers to patients and families. Current emphasis on patient centeredness; a dimension of quality in which care is individualised and customised to patients’ and families’ (Mc Cormack, Dewing, Tobin & Mc Cane 2010). It stresses the need for a quality health service that puts the patient first, who also determine or evaluates the care outcome. ‘‘Quality of care is the degree to which health services for individuals and population increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are consistent with current professional knowledge. Providing care that meets quality standard is faced with enormous impediments in epidemics or emerging epidemics. Epidemics is a crisis situation. Nurses’ code of practice stated that nurses should practice consistently at a high level unfortunately the quality of care observed in our system is lamentable. It puts both the clients and health workers to risk of exposure.