The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has called on the federal government to put in place a special salary and insurance structure for nurses and midwives.
The National President of the association, Micheal Nnachi, made the call at the weekend during the commemoration of this year’s International Nurses Week in Abuja. The week is marked from May 6 every year till May 12.
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He said doing so was important to meet Universal Health Coverage (UHC) goals.
He said that nurses and midwives are the bedrock of the Nigeria’s healthcare system, and face a lot of challenges carrying out their duties such as heavy work load and poor welfare which has led to brain drain.
He said it is important they are given utmost care and motivation because they have been exposed to huge risks such as managing the COVID-19 pandemic.