Valentine Lingafa of Busia County Referral Hospital romped home as the National Nurses Association of Kenya (NNAK) Chairperson for the County to take the leadership mantle for the next three years.
The results for the concluded NNAK leadership contest were presented to the Chief Officer of Health Dr Isaac Omeri by Deputy Chief Nurse Lucy Amayi who oversaw the entire online election process.
Dr Omeri pledged full support from the county government and especially the department of health to the newly elected NNAK representatives in the office.
The elections were professionally conducted by an election board constituted in accordance with society law. Lilian Okunga was elected her vice-chair, Pamela Emukule Secretary and Arnold Namanya took the treasurer’s seat for the county.
“The office has been elected to ensure professionalism among the nurses in the county hospitals. They also have the mandate of ensuring all practicing nurses within the county have valid nursing licence. They also evaluate the performance of nurses and redistribution of personnel according to hospital needs,” said Amayi.
Dr Omeri challenged the office not only to place the nurses’ association ahead of other professional bodies but also displays realization of long sought professionalism, unity and cohesion among nurses.
He urged senior nurses to mentor those who were newly recruited into the system who may not be of vast experience citing the need for teamwork for the success of the health sector.
The team was challenged to eye national leadership to ensure representation of nurses from Busia County at the NNAK at national level.
Dr Omeri also thanked nurses being in the frontline in the vaccination exercise and their tireless efforts in the fight against Covid-19.
“I want to thank medics from Busia who have been working tirelessly to maintain health standard and professionalism during this pandemic period,” he said.
The incoming treasurer was not only overwhelmed by his team’s diversity but also by the constitutional compliance of one-third gender rule, and the fact that the hundreds of strong nursing fraternity could trust and hold them in such high esteem.
“With the Face of Nursing Dream team in office, it is not only us who have won, but the nurses of Busia are all winners,” he said.
The chairperson promised to work closely with the health department both at county and national level ensuring the voices of nurses are heard at all levels.