By: Aduwo Ayodele
Three students from the Department of Nursing, University of Ibadan have separately emerged first, second and third position winners in the highly contested 2023 National Drug Dosage Calculation Competition for Nurses.
The competition according to its organisers was geared towards improving best practice in medication safety among Nigerian nurses, especially with honing skills in drug dosage calculation problems.
Held on December 16,2023 virtually, the Grand Finale of the competition had seven out of over 100 nursing students in Nigeria made it to the final stage of the National competition.
Distinguished icon from the field of nursing at the grand finale convergence was the Chief Nursing Officer of Evercare Hospital, Lekki, Lagos, Mrs. Feyintoluwa Ogungbenro who addressed the topic entitled “The Role of the Nurse in Medication Safety.”
In her keynote address, Mrs Ogungbenro applauded the NDDCCN team for organizing the initiative, while noting that the topic of discussion was very important, as it addresses the Goal 3 of the sustainable development goals- ‘Good health and wellbeing’.
The seven ultimate contestants who made it to the grand finale were drilled on questions relating to drug dosage calculations and cardiovascular pharmacology.
Subsequent to the competitive challenge, Favour Ojo from the University of Ibadan emerged as overall winner, with a cash prize of five hundred thousand naira (#500,000).
The first runner-up in the competition was Rebecca Akinyinka, University of Ibadan, while the second runner-up was Jemilat Yakubu another student from the University of Ibadan.
The first prize was given a sum of FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND NAIRA (#500,000). The second and third prizes had one hundred thousand naira (#100,000) and fifty thousand naira (#50,000) respectively.
One of the winners, Rebecca Akinyinka through her Facebook handle, has applauded the initiative for making the competition platform available.
“It was a rigorous one and the stage was really hot but I want to ascribe all the Glory to God because He was indeed present with me through it all.”
“Shout to David Ibukun for initiating this competition, a platform for student nurses to flex their calculation skills to help improve health care. Shout out to NDDCCN nigeria executives and founder for the great work done in making this year’s edition a success. It was a tough one but all Glory to God who crowns it all. I also want to commend the Quiz master of the competition.”
The founder of the initiative, Mr. David Ogunlabi has however announced that the “NDDCCN 2024 Bootcamp” in view will host fifty (50) nursing students for three days, where they will be trained by experts in leadership, innovation and research.