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Umuada Ndi-Igbo in Diaspora join in the campaign against the ambiguous section 29(4) of the Nigeria Constitution, a clause that recognizes women of less than 18 years old to be of full age thereby promoting and encouraging child marriage. Millions of girls in Nigeria are forced into marriage before they turn 15 years old. This is obviously a violation of the Child Right Act of 2003 and a total violation of the Human Right....

We are extremely concerned about the impact and consequences of child marriage on girl child such as denial of childhood and adolescence, health problems, physical and sexual abuse, all of these and much more, have profound psychosocial and emotional consequences on girls. Therefore, we write to the Senate to let them know our stand on this issue and to make it known that Umuada in Diaspora will not relent until it is corrected.

Click on "Read more" for our letter to the Nigeria Senate President. You can read more about our fight against child marriage on Nigerian Vanguard Newspaper of August 13 2013. Please visit our site often for more recent news.

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Uloma’s Biography

GERTRUDE ULOMA IHENACHOR (MRS) RN.PHN.BS.MS.DSD-EDU

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Hon. Chief Mrs. Uloma Gertrude Ihenachor was born and raised in Orlu town in Imo State of Nigeria. She has been a Registered nurse and a Public Health Nurse for thirty three years. She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health ScienceS at California State University in Dominguez Hills, California in1982, followed by a Master of Science Degree in Health Care Administration at La Verne University La Verne California three years later.

She is currently working as a school nurse with Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles California. She is also a part-time teacher and the Chief Executive Officer of Gerthill Allied Health School, a school she founded in 2010 where Nurse’s Assistants and Home Health Aides are trained to become State certified.

Chief Mrs. Ihenachor is a philanthropist, an educator and a community activist. She is very involved in the activities that help the people of her community such as Cultural, Religious, Educational, Health and other Social services. She was the president of two influential women organizations in Southern California and through these organizations, had planned and implemented various humanitarian services and projects that benefited her community in the United States of America and in Nigeria West Africa. She has led a successful medical mission to her home town two years in a row under Gerhill Community Outreach Organization Inc., a non-profit foundation she runs with her family and plans to continue this mission as often as possible. She is one of the founding mothers of Umuada Ndi-Igbo in Diaspora Inc. As the National Vice-President of this organization, she will do everything in her capacity to ensure that the organization moves towards the right direction. She is determined to help Umuada Ndi-Igbo in Diaspora Inc. achieve its goals and objectives.

Serving her community has always been her aspiration. She derives self fulfillment from making a positive impact in the society. She was born into a political family. Her father was a community activist, a school proprietor and a politician who became a member of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for Orlu Central Constituency. She learned from childhood to render humanitarian services and to contribute positively in any way, to improve the quality of life of the people around her.

She is happily married for 32 years to Hon. Chief Dr Hilary Agim Ihenachor who is also a philanthropist, a politician, an academic, and a former member of the fourth Republic House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. They have lived in the United States of America since then and they are blessed with four children.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

In 1979, she obtained Associate Degree in Nursing at School of Nursing University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu Nigeria and became a Registered Nurse in Nigeria. In 1981, she continued with another Associate Degree at Los Angeles Southwest College, Los Angeles California and became a Registered Nurse in California. In 1984, she obtained a Bachelors Degree in Health Science from California State University Dominguez Hills. In 1989, she obtained a Masters Degree in Health Care Management from La Verne University La Verne California.

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

She is an experienced and skilled nurse with wide knowledge of diseases and cure, preventive medicine, patient care, pharmacology and other health care services. She is a health educator with high communication and computer skills. She also gained proficiency in School nursing, Pediatrics, neurology, geriatrics, emergency and intensive care nursing, psychiatry, and medical and surgical nursing. She has advanced knowledge of current medical devices and she easily adapts to the ever changing technology and equipments.

SKILLS

She is an experienced Registered nurse for thirty four years and a health/nurse educator for sixteen years. She is excellent in patient care as well as exceptional in planning and implementation of educational programs which include lesson plans, demonstration of skill, evaluation and assessment of student’s performance. She has an in-depth knowledge of the mandatory training requirements, measures and tools for achievement of goals as required by California Department of Public Health. Her excellent interpersonal and communication skills help her perform effectively in implementation of health education programs and nursing care. As a philanthropist, she has gone on medical mission two years in a row to Nigeria with her medical team from United States of America.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

CURRENT – She works with Los Angeles Unified School District as a school nurse since 1997.
DUTIES – Includes but not limited to;

  • Health screening and emergency services for major illnesses and injuries at school
  • Prevention and control of communicable diseases through assessments, surveillance, and health education
  • Train and supervise licensed and unlicensed assistive personnel to perform specializes physical health procedures
  • Serves as a resource person for teachers, administrators and other health care personnel and educators, conducts in-services trainings and health counseling for staff, students and parents
  • Develop and implement health education curriculum and participates in implementing a comprehensive health instructions for students and staff
  • Assist parents and students in health related, school adjustment services such as vision, dental, hearing and scoliosis screenings, and follows up on immunization updates and other health screenings

GERTHILL ALLIED HEALTH SCHOOL
Founder and Director of Nurses at Gerthill Allied Health School located at 825 West Gardena blvd, Gardena, California, 90247
DUTIES

  • Nursing Instructor
  • Develop and implement Certified Nurse Assistant and Home Health Aid nursing curriculum and lesson plans that cover all aspect of nursing, taking into account, the physical, psychological, sociological, economical, cultural and spiritual health of all patients through classroom instructions, demonstrations and clinical site skills application.
  • Assist students in developing nursing skills by demonstrations and practicing of those skills at Specialized Nursing Facilities, Nursing Homes, Health Clinics and other health care settings.

PREVIOUS WORKING EXPERIENCES

Worked at King Drew Medical Center Los Angeles, California from June 1991 to December 1996 and at Gardena Memorial Hospital, Gardena, California from 1996 t0 1997.
DUTIES – As an Intensive Care Nurse, she coordinated the care of critically ill patients and participated in all aspects of critical and total nursing care.
Worked at ST. Erne Sanitarium in Inglewood California from 1985 to 1996
DUTIES – Supervision of nursing staff: she plans and implements nursing care of the elderly and psychiatric patient. These include nursing care plan, medications administration and evaluation of nursing outcome.

LICENSING AND CERTIFICATION

  • Registered Nurse – 1979
  • Public Health Nurse – 1990
  • School Nurse Credential/Certification – 1997
  • Director of Staff Development – 2010
  • CPR (American Heart Association)

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

  • Founder/CEO Gerthill Community Outreach Organization Inc. (GCOO)
  • Orlu Town Women Organization of Southern California (President from 1994 to 2002)
  • Adaugo Women Cultural Association of Southern California (President from 2003 to 2006)
  • Umuada Ndi-Igbo in Diaspora Inc. (National Vice-President)
  • Los Angeles School Nurses Association (Member)
  • St. Eugene Catholic Women Organization – Los Angeles California (Member)