Nurses demand their participation in political decision-making and insurance coverage

The National Association of Nurses and Midwives of Nigeria (NANNM) has demanded that the government involve its members in decision-making on various health policies in the country.

He also urged the government to facilitate the provision of insurance coverage for nurses and midwives to alleviate their suffering from exposure to hazards in the workplace.

NANNM President, Comrade Michael Nnachi also said that while the Association appreciates the goodwill of the Federation/NCE Department Head for the approval of the appropriate classification of graduate nurses at the 43rd meeting of the National Council on Establishment (RCE) held in January 2022, she passionately requests the immediate publication of the enabling circular to implement the decision of the RCE.

Nnachi made the request on Friday during the International Nurses Week 2022 celebration and scientific conference to mark the international which is usually observed around the world on May 12 every year to mark the birth anniversary of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, affectionately known as ‘The Lady with the Lamp’, in recognition of her unique role during the Crimean War in 1854.

Nnachi emphasized that healthcare institutions need a well-trained and motivated workforce that is continuously available to deliver desirable healthcare for better patient outcomes.

He further noted that the shortage of nurses is due to mass migration for desirable pay and reward for service delivery, lack of decent working environment and WHO recommendation on nurse to nurse ratio. patients is a worrying mirage.

“Poor staff compensation/brain drain, no social packages, inadequate provision of functional equipment/protective devices, insecurity in the workplace or in the environment ranging from attacks, kidnappings, accidents, victimization and all forms of embarrassment, encountered in the workplace as well as quackery practiced by non-professionals, which impacts the integrity and reputation of nurses in Nigeria”.

Nnachi however prayed that the government and stakeholders such as the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH, Ministry of Labor and Employment, Office of the Head of the Federation Civil Service, NSIWC, Office IPPIS, etc., be called upon and urged the Federal Government Department of Health to establish the Department of Nursing Services to enable expanded professional roles.

“FMoH to regulate the migration of nurses and midwives to reduce the brain drain that is negatively impacting the health sector in Nigeria and to provide a decent working environment for the delivery of quality services.”

“The Ministry of Labor and Employment will publish the retained April/May salaries for 2018 as approved by His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari as delivered in December 2021, and commence the implementation of hazard pay approved in December 2021 by the Department of Labor and Employment, among others.”

Similarly, NANNM Second National Vice President, Israel Blessing, affirmed in her speech that with this year’s theme “100 Years of Progress”, the Association looks forward to coming together as a global community of wise- women to advocate for investments in quality midwifery care worldwide. sexual improvement.

She said the concept of the day was created at the Conference of the International Confederation of Midwives. The International Day of Midwives strives to re-emphasize the importance of the healthcare system everywhere.

“It also serves as a reminder to all stakeholders to pay attention to investment in midwives and to advocate for the allocation of resources for midwives.”

“It is estimated that out of 100,000 births, 150 women die from pregnancy-related complications that can be avoided if appropriate investment in midwives is prioritized.”

“Midwives could provide 90% of essential sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health care across the lifespan.”

“There is a need-based shortage of 900,000 midwives globally. Midwives are key to ending preventable deaths during and after childbirth and achieving Sustainable Development Goal SDG 3 – ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, which aim to reduce number of deaths worldwide.

“The shortage of midwives has made life difficult. The few available midwives have to work long hours in their respective communities. Many workers work in understaffed and ill-equipped facilities, which forces them to risk their lives while saving precious lives.

“Investing in midwives will ensure improved reproductive health and services and save millions of lives each year. According to statistics, around one million newborn babies die after birth while 2.6 million cases are stillbirths due to preventable causes. In order to reduce or eliminate the occurrence of these cases, there is a need to raise awareness about the role of midwives in society. “, she pointed out.

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