Nurses decry shortage of staff, beg Gov. Abiodun to employ more personnel

The President National Association of Nurses and Midwives in Nigeria (NANMN), Micheal Nnachi has appealed to the State government to give automatic employments to graduates of the State owned college of Nursing and Mid Wivery.

Nnachi disclosed this during the town hall meeting organized by Community Development Association and Ogun Women on Maternal Health and Front line Workers held in conference hotel Abeokuta, the State capital.

According to him, this will help the State solve its current nursing staff manpower crisis.

Recall that the Ogun State Chapter of the Association cried out about the shortage of nurses in the State.

Oxygist gathered that that their are only 215 nurses in the State now serving in the 448 health centers across the State.

The National President ably represented by the State chairman of the association,  Mrs Roseline Solarin stated that a State like Ogun  with about three Universities and five college of Nursing shouldn't be lacking nurses.

He said that this shortage is one of the causes of increased maternal mortality in the State, especially in the rural Community.

In his opinion, he said if this problem is solved, maternal mortality will reduce in the State.

He however gave other recommendations to solve the problem saying " Encourage the community to sponsor their children for mid wifery training and to serve a bond to work in their rural communities for 2 years before they can be transferred.

" Start the midwives service scheme with better incentives to encourage more volunteers who are professional midwives.

" Employ more midwives into all the 20 local government areas through the local government service Commission or PHCD agency"

The First lady of the State and wife of the Governor, Bamidele Abiodun in her address said, efforts must be put in place to employ more nurses and mid wives to reduce maternal mortality in the State

She called on all Stakeholders to come together to help improve healthcare delivery system in the rural areas.

According to her, there is a need to give a level playing field for women in the rural areas in the area of maternal health.

Her words" We  need to put more efforts in employing more nurses and mid wives to reduce maternal mortality in the State

"Improving the State of maternal health in the rural areas in Ogun State will require the involvement of all of us.

"We need to give every body an equal opportunity, we need to give a level playing field for women, they are just like us, just vulnerable because of circumstance , it could be anyone of us.

"It is inherent in every society that midwives are present and in abundance and in Ogun we have a rapid decline.

"We should encourage to allow our children to go to school of Nursing.

"By the grace of God I will speak to the Commissioner for Health to do something, she is a woman and she is also passionate about anything that concerns the women, I will also speak to the Governor to do something about employing women"she submitted.

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