Nurses and midwives under the aegis of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) have decried their poor working conditions, adding that they are becoming an endangered species, as many of them have become daily victims of assault and kidnap.
Disclosing that two nurses in Kaduna State are currently missing, with others attacked and kidnapped with payment of ransoms across the country, the association, therefore, called on the government to create safe and enabling environments for them to be able to carry out their sacred obligations to the people.
The National President of the NANNM, Michael Nnachi, who made these known over the weekend in Abuja, during the flag-off ceremony to commemorate this year’s International Nurses Week, with theme: “Nurses the voice to lead: vision for the future,” also urged the government to give the nurses and midwives in Nigeria a special salary package that will be able to attract and retain the nurses within the workforce.
He said: “It is important to note that the nurses who constitute the bedrock of the healthcare system, constitutes over 50 percent of the workforce of the healthcare delivery system. It is also important for us to note that despite the passion of the nurses in the delivery of qualitative health care, a lot of challenges abound and such challenges include but are not limited to insecurity.
“Presently, the nurses have become an endangered species almost every day, either as a way of attack on the nurses or any form of victimisation. Recently in Ogun State, a nurse was kidnapped alongside a medical doctor. After payment of ransom, which nobody knows the ordeal this passionate nurse has passed through, she was eventually released to the glory of God, alongside with a medical doctor.”
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