The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives have called for a special welfare package for it’s members to attain the Universal Health Coverage.
The President of the Association, Comrade Michael Nnachi stated this in Abuja at an event to mark the International Nursing week.
Comrade Nnachi who Highlighted challenges to the profession explained that most nurses are at risks of kidnapping, exposure to sickness and diseases.
He also decried the- nurses-to-patients ratio which was supposed to be one to four but is one nurse to Twenty patients.
The NANMM President called on the Federal Government to provide an enabling environment for Nurses and Midwives to serve the country effectively.
He also called for the increase in the retirement age of Nurses and Midwives from sixty to seventy.
“It is important that the nurses and Midwives are taken care of in as much as they care for the nation . We lost most of our colleagues as a result of exposure to COVID-19 creating more economic hardship for there families. We call on Government to intervene and see how they can give the nurses and Midwives in Nigeria a special salary package that will be able to attract and maintain the nurses within the work force to realize the Universal Health Coverage.”
In a presentation entitled ” a voice to lead – A vision for future Healthcare by Professor Mildred John (a lecturer in the University of Calabar), explained that Nurses need to be more vocal in policy formulations to address issues bothering the profession.
She also noted that over three thousand nurses died last year world wide as a result of COVID-19.
On her part, the Director of Nursing Services in the Ministry of Health, Mrs Veronica Okolo however urged the Nurses to put more efforts in the discharge of their duties as more efforts were been made by the Federal Government to attend to their plight.