THE National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has condemned what it described as government’s marginalization of the nursing profession.
The association also identified corruption as the major cause of maternal deaths in the country. Poverty, negative cultural practices, anaemia were also included as reasons women die while giving birth.
Besides, health workers at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) yesterday urged Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola to correct what they called anomaly in the implementation of the Consolidated Health Salary Scale-(CONHESS) in the state.
The workers’ call came as the state’s newly employed doctors started operating in what was considered as an environment of fear.
Addressing the media at the International Nurses Day (IND) yesterday in Abuja, deputy national president, NANNM, R Tonade said that lack of adequate health facilities, insufficient welfare for nurses and midwives added to increase in maternal deaths.
He said the theme “Closing the gap from evidence to action” was a plea to nurses to use evidence-based approaches to nursing services for their patients and communities.
“Evidence-based practice is almost an impossibility for health professionals due to poor access to information, lack of electricity, absence of internet facilities in our hospitals.”
Others he said included absence of tele-medicine, lack of data bank, poor documentation, lack of specialised training for health professionals and poor funding of health care services.
“Yes, we are marginalized. We are not involved in policy formulation and implementation by government.”
He said that though the Federal Ministry of Health had finally appointed a director of nursing services, “one person is not enough” to represent the nurses’ interest.
According to the National President, NANNM, Hussaini Dautsinma , the IND uses May 12 to celebrate globally the life and times of the legendary Florence Nightingale, the mother of modern nursing.
Dautsinma said that “nursing research is needed to generate new knowledge and advance nursing science, evaluate practice and services and provide evidence that will inform nursing education, practice, research and management.”
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