National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives(NANNM) has stated that public hospitals in Ogun state need additional four thousand nurses and midwives to function effectively.
According to the association, about 4,000 nurses in the state and federal hospitals in Ogun State have either retired, left the service for greener pasture or died between 2012 and 2017.
The acute shortage has now brought the number of the nurses serving in the hospitals to 3,000 nurses, as against the seven thousand nurses in the hospitals five years ago.
The association’s state chairman, Mrs Roseline Solarin, who gave the statistics in Abeokuta at a news briefing to mark the 2017 International Nurses Week, said the number of nurses and midwives employed in recent times is far below the number that had left the civil service.
The shortage according to Solarin, is more acute in view of the recent expansion of units in the public hospitals, which has increased the workload of the existing nurses.