Nurses, midwives seek enhanced welfare package
• Urge Govt To Address Issue Of Insurance
The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives has called on Federal Government to consider special salary for members to meet the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) goals.
The National President, Michael Nnachi, who made the call at the second day event to mark the 2021 International Nurses Week, yesterday, in Abuja, said nurses and other medical personnel have worked in frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, by providing support to millions of Nigerians.
Nnachi lamented that so many nurses have been exposed to huge risks while managing the COVID-19 pandemic scourge. He appealed to Federal Government to also address the issue of insurance for nurses, stressing that if this is done, it could help incidence of disease risks while on duty.
He noted that the challenge of heavy workload still abound, together with poor welfare, leading to brain drain.
“If the health sector is properly equipped and nurses are properly taken care of, then Nigerians can be served better. Nurses have demanded for a scheme of service for a long time with no result. Nurses attend to patients beyond required work hours and are often humiliated, when mistake occurs, due to work pressure,” he added.
He observed that nurses and midwives constitute the bedrock of Nigeria’s healthcare system, but in spite of their passion and sacrifices in the delivery of quality health care, they have continued to face many challenges.
He pledged nurses’ commitment to the service of humanity, and that since nurses care, they also deserve to be cared for. Director Nursing, Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Veronica Okolo, said nurses and midwives have been relentless in their service to humanity despite poor remuneration.
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