By Felicia Imohimi
The Nigerian National Association of Nurses and Midwives, Federal Health Institutions Sector (NANNM-FHI), urged the federal government to prioritize improving social protection for nurses.
The association also called for an enabling environment for nurses to curb the brain drain.
The association’s national president, Mr. Wale Olatunde, made the appeal on the sidelines of its annual labor summit in Abuja on Thursday.
The theme of the summit is “Dialogue: a fundamental secret for effective leadership”.
Other sub-themes of the summit include: the pitfalls of union leadership; Ethical approaches to solving the nursing problem; COVID-19 and the emerging threat to nurses and frontline managers; and Innovations: The driving tool necessary for organizational growth.
Olatunde, who criticized the alarming rate of migration of nurses from the country to Europe, attributed the situation to a poor welfare program and poor pay, among others.
The president identified those who migrated to other countries due to unfavorable working conditions, career advancement, among others, as promising young people the country admired for ensuring an improved health care system.
He urged the government to do everything possible to tackle these issues in order to secure the future of nurses.
According to him, an average nurse practicing in the country has no future, our scheme of service was reviewed in 2016 and so far it has not been put in the official journal.
He called on governments to create an enabling environment, a level playing field and to make people happy.
He said that thanks to such measures, the healthcare sector would be one of the best in the world as it was before.
“The number of nurses leaving the country at the federal, state and local levels is painful.
“Sadly, we are looking for promising young people to take responsibility for the delivery of health care in this country.
“They go to other countries because the conditions are favorable; favorable in the work environment, remuneration and career progression.
“The rate is alarming and the government needs to do something about it.
“You don’t have to wait until there are no health workers to take care of our patients or close some of the facilities because there are no health workers to care for them.
“It will be very embarrassing because Nigeria is known to produce highly skilled workers.
“This is why countries like the US, UK, Canada and other European countries are chasing Nigerian nurses because they have the skills and are great workers,” he said. he declares.
Speaking on the theme of the summit, Olatunde said he was chosen to instill in unit officers in hospitals the essentials of unionism and leadership.
According to him, the misconception that people often have of unionism is that unionism is only about struggle, struggle and struggle.
“We brought together all the heads of the 60 federal health establishments, including those in the education sector, to discuss good union leadership.
“This is because good union leaders will complement management efforts and guarantee industrial peace in hospitals,” he added. (NOPE)
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