The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) yesterday in Lagos urged the three tiers of the government to recruit more nurses and midwives.

This, it said, was necessary to reduce maternal and child mortality.

National President Mr. AbdulRafiu Adeniji said at a news conference that the recruitment would reduce deaths.

He said the recruitment of professional nurses would promote staffing and improve health care service delivery.

“Employment of skilled health care workers is unavoidable as a nation, because it will reduce maternal and child mortality and prevent deaths.

“The government needs to procure hospital equipment to reduce the rate of medical tourism.

“The leadership of the association hails the Federal Government for the measUnion advocates recruitment of nurses, midwives ures put in place to reduce maternal mortality.

“However, the association has a lot of reservation for task shifting and sharing policy, as it is leaving tasks related to the lives of mothers and children.

“We call for holistic review of this policy document so as not to further compromise the health of mothers and infants,” Adeniji said. He urged the government to ensure protection and security at health facilities.

“We frown at the abduction and killing of a midwife, who was brutally murdered in Borno State by her abductors.

“This is unacceptable to nurses and midwives. The government needs to ensure release of other health workers still being held hostage.

“It is expedient that the three tiers of the government use their position to ensure unity, peace and harmony,” Adeniji said.

He promised that nurses and midwives would render quality health care services.

The Nation News

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