INW: NANNM seeks employment of more nurses in rural areas

The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) in Yobe state has appealed to Yobe state Governor Mai Mala Buni to employ more nurses and send them to ‘hard to reach areas’ in the to prevent maternal child mortality and other things.

The state chairman of NANNM, Comrade Isa Yusuf, made the call on Friday at the event of celebration of 2024 International day of the Midwives and Nurses week, organised by the association in collaboration with Yobe state government and Lafiya UK support for health in Nigeria.

The 2024 celebration’s theme is, “Our nurses Our future; the economic power of care”.

Comrade Yusuf speaking in Damaturu, the state capital also appealed to Yobe state governor to look into issues of CONHESS salary structure, and consider it them as a motivation

“Fast tracking accreditation process of newly established department of nursing science at the Yobe state University that could limit their members from traveling to far distance places,” he said.

In his opening remarks, Yobe state Commissioner of health, Dr. Muhammed Lawan Gana, said Yobe government has invested enormously in health sector, such as upgrading of general hospital to specialist hospital, comprehensive health centers to general hospitals, adding that the benefit also include infrastructural and manpower development.

Represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Dr. Gana stated that nurses and midwives’ services can never be overemphasise and assured them that government will continue to do more for the betterment of the citizens in the state.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Chief host and director nursing services, Yobe state ministry of health, Bala Sule, said International Nurses week is an annual event which started since 1965 at International Confederation of Nurses (ICN) Geneva, with about 3000 Nurses across the 60 countries of 195 countries of United Nation.

He said since then, every year Nurses celebrate the week to commemorate with social reformer, statistician and founder of modern nursing Florence Nightingale.

He noted that, “Nightingale has done so much in uplifting the nursing profession to its current standard. She laid the foundation for scientific and evidence-based Nursing practice that is built upon by the current generation of nursing practitioners all over the world”.