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Nigeria @ 53: Nurses demand improved welfare, Internship
Date Posted: 03/Oct/2013
As Nigeria marked its 53rd independence anniversary on Tuesday, Nurses both in the public and private sectors have asked for a better welfare package for the country’s Nursing workforce.
A cross-section of Nurses interviewed by our correspondent on Tuesday, in a unanimous voice, called on the various levels of government and private employers to prioritise the welfare of their Nurses.
On the priority list of Nurses interviewed are: increased remuneration and working conditions, implementation of Nursing internship for graduate nurses and introduction of policies that are aimed at improving the standard of nursing practise and education in Nigeria
A nurse who identified himself as olajide said there was no need for celebration as, adding that there seems to be no end in sight for the continous exploitation of nurses especially those in private practise. Another year is rolling bye and the issue of internship is still being foot dragged.
Mrs. chidinma Ebedi, a nurse in a school clinic said the working conditions in virtually all the private schools were terrible.
She said, “nurses deserve better treatment considering the place of health in national development and the role nurses play in the health of the general populace.
Also speaking to our correspondent, a locum nurse, who identified himself simply as Mark, said a lot of injustices were going on in the private sector, especially the oil and gas sector.
He said, “There are a lot of issues concerning nursess’ welfare to be tackled in the private sector. First of them is the issue of contract staff. “For instance, the oil and gas sector can be externally compared to what Jesus once called a whitewashed tomb, which looks beautiful on the outside, but internally is full of the rottenness, bones and maggots of injustice, tears and sorrow.” Nurses are recruited to practise as contract staff with no adequate compensation for the work and risk they undertake in the course of thier jobs. 
He called on the leadership of NANNM to live up to its responsibility and fight for nurses in this country.

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