International Day of Nurses: Take steps to stop our colleagues from emigrating- Nurses to govt.

A Chief Nursing Officer at the Department of Public Health, University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, Mrs Omobosede Ayebameru, has called for measures by government at all levels to ensure the country does not run out of nurses required for effective health care delivery in the country.

Mrs Ayebameru expressed worry about the rate at which nurses leave the country in search of greener pastures.

She expressed optimism that it is possible to retain most nurses in the country if government does what is right.

Speaking with Pensioners FM on the International Day of Nurses, Mrs Ayebameru said a healthy nation is a wealthy nation, hence the need for government to design modalities that would pilot the country’s health sector to enviable heights.                                         

“The working environment is a tough one. Our colleagues who have the opportunity are leaving this country every day. Something seriously needs to be done. I want to urge my colleagues to continue to persevere in the hope that our fortune as nurses will soon turn around for good.”

Mrs Ayebameru also urged government at all levels to carry along nurses and other health experts in programmes and policies having to do with the sector.

Meanwhile, the need for Federal Government to prioritize the welfare of nurses and midwives in the country has again been emphasized.

Officer in Charge of Primary Health Care Centre, Ichi, in Anambra State, Mrs Ebele Chukwukelue, made the call in an interview with Pensioners’ FM Correspondent.

Mrs Chukwukelue called for a review of the Consolidated Health Salary Structure which, she said, had suffered poor implementation in the country.

 “Nurses have suffered serious neglect in the area of remuneration. The government knows exactly what to do to better the lot of nurses. Implement our Consolidated Salary Structure and every other thing would be history.”

The theme of the week-long event is “Nurses: A Voice to Lead, Invest in Nursing and Respect the Right to Global Health”.

Dupe Akinyooye/Micheal Adeyemo

Leave a Comment