On Monday in Kaduna, members of the public were warned by the Kaduna State branch of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives from assaulting its members while they carry out their constitutional duty.
Ishaku Yakubu, the association’s Kaduna state chairman, made this announcement at the association’s quadrennial state delegates conference, held at Arewa House in Kaduna.
It’s been noted that nurses continue to be the targets of assaults by members of the public, and he promised that the association would stand up for its members against this threat.
No hospital in Nigeria would survive without its nurses and midwives; they are the lifeblood of the healthcare system. He emphasized the importance of giving them widespread encouragement and backing.
Nurses, he said, should leave their comfort zones and become active members of political parties in order to make their voices heard not just in the realm of patient care but also in the realm of politics.
He argued that nurses should be given every opportunity in politics because of their role as “promoters of public health” and “advocates for policies aimed at the attainment of quality health care.”
The Director of Administration and Finance for the Ministry of Health in Kaduna State, Zakari Mohammed, confirmed that the State Executive Council had approved the replacement of 278 nurses sometime in the past year.
According to him, the drill took place in April of this year, and the participants have since been sent to various medical facilities.
He also assured them that plans are in place to begin paying them by the month’s end.