The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives has called on government, at all levels, to recruit more nurses and midwives in order to curb
The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives has called on government, at all levels, to recruit more nurses and midwives in order to curb maternal and child mortality in the country.
The group also urged authorities to employ competent persons in the nation’s health sector so as to avoid needless deaths and crisis.
Making the call at its National Executive Council meeting held in Lagos, the NANNM, through its President, Abdulrafiu Adeniji, said that they were ready to work closely with government to safeguard the health of the citizens.
His words, “Although the government has put in place measures to reduce maternal mortality in the country, the effort would not yield much until health workers are duly recognised. In Nigeria today, there is ignorance about who a nurse is.
In the next five years, more than 50 per cent of trained and experienced nurses would have retired but unfortunately, the government is not putting in place measures to sustain those that have been trained.
If this problem is not immediately addressed, it could result in a big crisis.”
Speaking further, Adeniji condemned the abduction and killing of a midwife, Saifura Khorsa, by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State, as he called on government and stakeholders to ensure health workers are adequately protected especially in the course of duty.