Nigerian Nurses,Midwives And Other Health Workers Begin Strike Thursday
As the seven day ultimatum given to the Federal Government by the Joint Health Sector Unions,elapses this Wednesday the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives,NANNM has announced the commencement of their nationwide strike on Thursday.
At a media briefing in Abuja,the National President ,NANNM, Comrade AbdulRafiu Adeniji said the Association was in agreement with JOHESU’s positions on the recent 7-day ultimatum given to the Federal government to accede to all its lingering demands dated back to 2012.
The president said some of the lingering issues include poor health care services, state of infrastructure, health care policies and management, Nigeria security matters, the Nursing Profession, the welfare of her members that needed to be resolved.
“The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) met and discussed exhaustively on issues bordering on Nigeria health care services, state of infrastructure, Nigeria health care policies and management, Nigeria security matters, the Nursing Profession, the welfare of her members and resolved thus:”
1. The leadership of NANNM states expressly that it is in agreement with all JOHESU’s positions on the recent 7-day ultimatum given to the Federal government to accede to all its lingering demands dated back to 2012.
2. That the Unified Scheme of Services approved for Nurses and Midwives which recognizes the professional status of Nursing. And the Lateral conversion for those that have acquired Bachelor of Nursing Sciences (BNSc) and internship for fresh graduates of Nursing sciences. Should be promptly gazetted without further delay. It is equally noted with concern that the Federal Ministry of Health need to accede to the request of the Association to effect proper placement of Nurses interns.
3. Members during the meeting noted with great concern the lack of equipment and Medical consumables in all the health facilities in the country that have affected the delivery of quality Health Care to the Nigeria citizens and therefore call on the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and respective managements of Federal Health institutions and by extension State and Local Government owned health institutions to do the needful in this regard.
4. The Leadership rejects in totality the promotion of our members from one grade level to the same grade level amounting to titular promotion, stagnation in some cases, demotion and or re-designation in the Federal Health institutions and calls on the authorities concerned to correct the anomaly with immediate effect.
Comrade Adeniji who also frowned at the proliferation of quackery in nursing profession expressed concern for the lack of equipment and Medical consumables in all the health facilities in the country that have affected the delivery of quality Health Care to the Nigeria citizens.
“The leadership also observed with consternation the high rate of quackery in the health sector most especially among the nursing profession. It may interest the Nigeria populace to know that this singular act is more deadly than AIDS and can only be compared with deadly viral haemorrhagic fever as lots of innocent souls are being sent to the journey of NO RETURN by the perpetrators of this criminal act. It is on this note that the Union implores all well-meaning Nigerians to join hands with the Association in pursuing its vigorous anti-quackery campaign in collaboration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.”
The National President therefore urged the National Assembly to amend the existing anti quackery law as contained in the Nursing and Midwifery amendment Act to address the current threat and tackle headlong the social ill and criminal act of quackery in accordance with present day reality.