Thursday, 13 May 2021

Int'l Nurses Week: NANNM decries shortage of manpower, calls for security beef up in health facilities

UKPA EWA | 12th May 2021 |

National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) Anambra State Council has said that lack of adequate manpower is hampering effective nursing in the health facilities across the state. 

The state chairman, Mrs. Edit Onwuka who spoke exclusively with our reporter,
quoting the World Health Organization (WHO) required standards for nursing,  called on government to employ more nurses in the state to meet up Internationally acceptable standard of Nursing. Stating that the profession is battling with shortage of nurses to meet the health needs of the people.

"Nurses constitute 95% of the work force and just as the name implies, we take care of patients starting from the admission until the patient is discharged. But because there is gross shortage of Nurses in health care industry, Nurses cannot effectively take care of their patients well as much is required from them on daily basis". She noted.

Speaking further, Mrs. Onwuka called on government at all level to invest in the healthcare sector, stating that the role of the nurse is enormous and challenging, as such they must a good working condition and adequate security for they discharge their duty. She however, commended the government of Anambra state for its security architecture in protection of health workers.

"The role of nurses are enormous thus, adequate security should be provided in hospitals for nurses that were discharging their duties. I want to use this medium to once again thank all Nurses in Anambra state for their resilience and role they are playing especially within this covid-19 session. We are the core front liners in the fight against this killer virus".

Similarly, the chief executive officer, International Council of Nurses, Howard Catton in his message to Nurses to commemorate the day, said the pandemic has exposed the weaknesses in the health sector and the enormous pressures health workers are working under as well as shining a light on their incredible commitment and courage. 

"What the pandemic has also done is given us the opportunity to call for a reset and the opportunity to explore new models of care where nurses are at the centre of our health systems". 

We can only achieve this vision of future healthcare by generating new policies that paves way for this sea-change and that is another key area International Nurses Day (IND) will seek to focus."

The IND 2021 theme "Nurses: Voice to lead, Vision for future healthcare", reflects on the impact of COVID-19 on the health system and the nursing profession and how these might be affected into the future.

However, he said Nurses, as the largest healthcare profession, must play an integral part in planning the future of healthcare.

In 2021, Nurses globally focus on the changes and innovations in nursing and how it has ultimately shape the future of healthcare. 

International Nurses Day is a global celebration marked every 12th of May to acknowledge and celebrate the commitment and bravery of nurses around the world. 

COVID - 19 pandemic has shown the world the important role that nurses play in keeping people healthy across the lifespan.