The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has tasked the federal and state governments on investment in nursing and midwifery, saying the profession constitutes the backbone of the health sector.
National president of NANNM, Nnachi Michael, who stated this on the side line of a recent event said nurses should be valued and adequately compensated for the work they do.
He stressed the need for a trained and motivated workforce which should be consistently available to provide healthcare for the nation. Speaking on reduced workforce, Michael identified mass migration for desirable compensation, lack of decent environment, lack of ability to meet the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended patient nurse ratio as part of the factors.
It is recalled that the annual International Nurses’ Day was celebrated on 12th of May in memory of the birth of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. It is also an occasion to honour nurses as an invaluable resource, and raise awareness of the challenges they face.