National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives has again asked Ogun State government to address the acute shortage of nurses and midwives in the state’s public hospitals.
According to the association, only 215 nurses and midwives are now in 448 public hospitals across the state.
Ogun State chairman of the association, Mrs Roseline Solarin, made the call at a town hall meeting organized by the Community Development Association with Ogun State Women on Maternal Health and Frontliner Workers in Abeokuta.
She asked the state government to give automatic jobs to graduates of the college of nursing and midwives in Abeokuta and Ijebu Ode.
Solarin also called for the introduction of midwives service scheme with better incentives to encourage volunteer midwives in the state.
She also suggests that state government should encourage sponsorship of people by communities for midwifery training, with a bond for the graduates of the scheme to serve work in their communities for two years.
According to her, the proposals will help to solve the acute shortage of nurses and midwives in public hospitals in the state.
She blames the shortage as one of the major cause of increased maternal mortality in the state, especially in rural areas.