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Celebrating a nursing legend Chief Mrs Kofoworola Abeni Pratt

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Celebrating a nursing legend Chief Mrs Kofoworola Abeni Pratt

Unread post by Kunle Emmanuel » Tue May 07, 2019 5:40 am

Celebrating a nursing legend : Chief Mrs Kofoworola Abeni Pratt (née Scott) 1910-1993...
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Lagos born nurse who was trained at the Nightingale School at St Thomas’ in the 1940s, did courses in midwifery, tropical nursing and the RCN’s sisters course (the latter on an award from the Nightingale School).

Pratt led in the Nigerian of nursing , that is, the appointment of Nigerians to replace (mainly) British appointees after Nigeria became independent (in 1960). In 1964 she became the first Nigerian matron of University College Hospital, Ibadan, and in 1965 became the first Nigerian to be appointed chief nursing officer for Nigeria.

Other key posts she held are:
- Commissioner for health, Lagos state.
- Co-founder of the Professional ---Association of Trained Nurses of Nigeria
- Leader of the first Nigerian delegation to the International Council of Nurses Congress
- Vice-president of the International Council of Nurses (first African in that post)
- President of the Professional Association of Trained Nurses of Nigeria
- First chair, Nursing Council of Nigeria
- President of the National Council of Women Societies of Nigeria
- Co-founder of the Nigerian Nurse (a professional journal)
- Nursing adviser to the Nigerian Red Cross.
- She was made a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing (in 1979) and awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Ife (1981).

Source : Mary seacole information
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