NANNM seeks better welfare package for nurses

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NANNM seeks better welfare package for nurses

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The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Federal Health Institutions Sector (NANNM-FHI), has urged the Federal Government to prioritise improved welfare package for nurses.

The association also called for conducive environment for nurses in order to curb brain drain.

The National Chairman of the association, Mr Wale Olatunde, made the call on the sideline of its Annual Labour Summit in Abuja on Thursday.

The theme of the summit is “Dialogue: A fundamental Secret for Effective Leadership”.
Other Sub themes at the summit include: Pitfalls in Union Leadership; Ethical Approaches to Solving Nursing; COVID-19 and Emerging Threat to Nurses and Frontline Managers; and Innovations: The driving Tool Needed for Organisational Growth.

Olatunde, who criticised the alarming rate in which nurses were migrating from the country to Europe, attributed the situation to poor welfare package and remuneration among others.
He urged the government to do everything possible to address such issues in order to guarantee the future of nurses.

According to him, an average nurse practicing in the country does not have a future, our scheme of service was reviewed in 2016 and up till now it has not been put in the gazette.

He appealed to governments to create a conducive environment, a level playing ground and make people happy.

He stated that through such measures the healthcare industry would be one of the best in the world as it used to be.
“The number of nurses that are leaving the country both at the Federal, State and Local Government levels is heart aching.

“Unfortunately these are young promising ones that we are looking up to, to take up the responsibility of healthcare delivery in this country.

“They leave for other countries because the condition there is favourable; favourable in work environment, remuneration and career progression.
“The rate is alarming and government must do something about it.

“You must not wait until a time when there are no health personnel to take care of our patients or shutdown some of the facilities because there are no health personnel to man them.

“It will be most embarrassing because Nigeria is known for producing highly skilled workers.

“That is why countries such as U.S., UK, Canada and other European countries are running after Nigerian nurses because they have the skills and are excellent workers,” he said.

Speaking on the summit theme, Olatunde said that it was selected to inculcate in unit officers at the hospitals the nitty-gritty of trade unionism and leadership.

According to him, the misconception people have often about unionism is that trade unionism is about struggle, struggle and struggle alone.

“We gathered all officers from the 60 Federal Health Institutions, including those in the education sector, to dialogue on good union leadership.

“It is because good union leaders will complement efforts of management and guarantee industrial peace in hospitals,” he added.
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