The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has urged the Federal Government to approve the unified scheme of service for nurses and cause all necessary machineries to be put in motion for its immediate implementation.
The association made this known In a communique signed by the association’s President and the Secretary, Nurse Abdrafiu Alani Adeniji and Comrade T. A. Shetima respectively, at the end of its 2016 International Nurses Week/Midwives Day in Zamfara state.
Following extensive deliberations on the theme of the week and analyses of critical and contemperary issues surrounding the health sector and the health of the people of Nigeria, and conditions concerning the plight of Nurses and Midwives, as well as the activities of NANNM at addressing the various challenges, the congress in session pledged unalloyed solidarity and passed a vote of confidence in the leadership of the organization urging all stake holders to join hands with the leadership to take our profession to the lofty height it deserves in Nigeria
While appreciating the federal government on its change agenda, NANNM appeals to the government to give attention to their demands concerning the review of salary and allowances of nurses and midwives, payment of teaching allowances to nurses on CONHESS 7 and 8, upward review of shift duty allowances of the vast majority of members, promotion of deserved senior nurses to CONHESS 15 as directors and subsequent involving them at the top management level in teaching hospitals, Federal medical centres and specialist hospitals and promotion of registered nurses beyond grade CONHESS 8 in federal health institutions and few states of the federation.
“The correction in the lopsided nature of health sector administration without adequate involvement of professional nurses and midwives is equally seen as a misnomer that need to be addressed to be able to have an effective and efficient health system in the country. The marginalisation is causing great danger to the health sector performances.
“We identify that there are gross shortages of Nurses/Midwives in the Nigeria public service resulting in work overloading, burn out and stress on the few working Nurses at various strata of Health Institutions in the country. We therefore call on the Federal, state and Local Governments as a matter of urgency to employ more Nurses and Midwives across board to close the Gap in nursing service to our people,” the communique stated.
It also called on the government to improve and equip hospitals and training schools with modern equipment, ICT, “employ adequate personnel towards increasing the number of nurses/midwives graduating at any point in time so as to make our healthcare system truly resilient and able to withstand stress. Various proprietors of nursing and midwifery schools should also do the needful to correct various anomalies that have led to de-accreditation of many training schools.”