Mrs. Mary Anigbo is a professional nurse who has made remarkable impact on healthcare delivery in Nigeria. She is the co-founder and Head Nurse of Syd-Monic Hospital Limited which is located in the Okota area of Lagos.
She is also Executive Director of Syd-Monic Foundation which is dedicated to medical and surgical outreaches in Nigeria. The foundation’s annual outreaches have been widely acknowledged and commended in Nigeria.
Mary Anigbo is a first– rate nurse with the qualifications of Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife. Beyond that, she has a Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSc) degree having graduated in First Class.
Mary’s education began at Premier Primary School, Palm Avenue, Mushin, Lagos and Igbo Owu Secondary School, Mushin. She attended School of Nursing, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos graduating in 2007.
She also attended National Open University, Nigeria graduating in 2017 with Bachelor of Nursing Science, BNSc (First Class ). She also had extensive seminars and update courses organized by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
Mrs. Mary Anigbo is a former president of the National Association of Nigerian Student Nurses and Midwives, LUTH Chapter (between 2006-2007). She was also the first runner-up, Florence Nightingale National Speech contest in 2007.
She is a member of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, NANM. She is currently the Coordinator/President, Catholic Healthcare Professionals, Catholic Chaplaincy Centre CMUL/LUTH and a certified Marriage Counselor/Instructor with the Family and Human Life Unit of Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos.
Her nursing career began in 2008 as a Staff Nurse at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos State. She worked in various clinical units of the hospital ranging from Gynaecological wards to Accident/Emergency Unit, Medical and Surgical wards and the Private Wing. She resigned in April 2017 having risen to the position of Principal Nursing Officer to fully focus on her then embryonic Syd-Monic Hospital and Foundation which has now grown in leaps and bounds to an enviable state- of- the- art establishment in Lagos State.
As a General Nurse practitioner, services she offers and/or coordinates include General Nursing Practice, Medical and Health Check-ups; Utilization of Nursing Process in the Diagnosis and Management of Patients; Wound Care; Maternal and Child Care; Health Information, Education and Counselling; Basic Life Support and Emergency Care among other areas of nursing expertise.
She is one of the Directors and Head Nurse at Syd-Monic Hospital and Diagnostic Centre which was established in November 2014 with the hospital largely staffed by professional physicians, surgeons, obstetricians/gyneacologists, registered nurses, sonographers, laboratory scientists, pharmacists and other allied healthcare practitioners. Services offered include Outpatient and Inpatient Medical and Surgical Services, Diagnosis and Treatment, Emergency Services, Paediatric/Immunization Services: Community Health Education/Medical Outreach; Obstetrics and Gynaecology Services including Antenatal and Delivery Services, Pharmacy and Diagnostic Services (Ultrasound and Standard Medical Laboratory) among others.
The state-of-the-art hospital and medical laboratory facility is accredited by HEFAMMA and has the following : wireless connectivity, available WIFI connectivity for in-patients, a relaxing, calm and clean environment, a disability-friendly environment, electronic health information management system, quick patient’s data retrieval, limited patient’s waiting time, calm, warm, and friendly interior tones which provide the sick with a serene and peaceful environment and the young with engaging and therapeutic colors and images, energy-efficient rooms for patients, families and hospital staff, art collections, guaranteed personal safety and security, fire protection systems in place, 24 hour CCTV in operation, guaranteed uninterrupted power supply and lots more.
Mrs. Mary Anigbo made a major contribution to the Nursing profession especially in areas concerning Women’s Reproductive Health in Nigeria with the joint establishment of Syd-Monic foundation, a charitable foundation dedicated to helping those in need of medical interventions but with little or no funds to finance the treatment procedures including surgeries. It also aims to propagate preventive medicine with screenings and counseling for vaccinations against preventable diseases.
Over 3,500 people from all walks of life and different parts of the country participated in the three (3) editions of the Medical and Surgical Outreach organized in November 2019 and 2020 and also October 2021 at the hospital’s physical address at No 6 Alh. Moshobalaje Street, Ago Palace Way, Ago Okota, Lagos. In those outreaches, surgical interventions in fibroid removal (myomectomy) and hysterectomy were done for over 100 women. Breast lumpectomy was done for over 20 women, lipoma removal was done for over 40 patients, hernia repair (herniorraphy) was done for over 50 patients. Excision biopsy, surgeries for correction of undescended testes for boys between the ages of 18 months to 2 years and thyroidectomy for goiter removal for over 20 patients were also done.
Height, Weight and Body Mass Index check, Blood Pressure check, Cholesterol check, Heptatis B Screening, Blood Sugar Test and Free medical consultation and distribution of free antimalarial drugs were also carried out. The 2020 edition of the program witnessed the addition of Cataract surgeries for five beneficiaries, Cervical screening for women between ages 25 and 45, Pap smear for women aged 50 years and above, fertility test for couples including semen analysis for men and pelvic scan for women. Other medical outreach events have been organized in partnership with various groups and in different communities of Nigeria with the most recent one held in Abagana, Anambra State.
(For more information on the achievements of the outreach see her interview with People&Power –https://peopleandpowerngr.com/2021/10/syd-monic-foundation-concludes-third-medical-outreach-in-lagos/)
Mrs. Anigbo and her Syd-Monic team’s ultimate vision is to ensure that the most vulnerable and at –risk groups in our society are safe and have their basic medical needs taken care of. The team’s ultimate desire is to promote health and well-being, and prevent disease, disability and death. For those who do not even have the basic knowledge of their health status, the Foundation also provides solutions to inform, counsel and help improve their living conditions.
Her tremendous success in Clinical Nursing, selfless services to humanity and commitment to the growth of the Nursing profession can be attested to by satisfied clients, patients, various awards and recognitions. She is a recipient of the 2022 Nursing Excellence Award by Fellow Nurses Africa in the category of “Clinical Nurse of the year in Africa” and also a 2022 Impact Makers award winner in the category of “Most Outstanding SDG 3 Advocate in Nigeria.”
Mary Anigbo’s hobbies include reading and gardening. She is a problem solver, a philanthropist, a transparent and honest person, a cheerful giver, a jovial woman, a tireless achiever, lover of truth and a highly compassionate nurse.
It is in recognition of her accomplishments in the field of Nursing that Mrs. Mary Anigbo was deemed worthy to be conferred with the Nigerian Achievement Award.