Nurses and midwives in Ogun state government hospitals have called for an urgent recruitment of more hands, to reduce their workload and improve healthcare delivery in the state hospitals.
The State Chairman of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Mrs Roseline Solarin, who made the call in an interview with RockCity FM, on the sideline of the union’s 2016 zone b scientific workshop in Abeokuta, said the recruitment would address the acute shortage of health workers in the state hospitals.
For instance, Solarin said a Local Government Area in the state has as low as six nurses, while the few available nurses in other local government areas are overstretched.
Also speaking to RockCity FM in Abeokuta, the President of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Alhaji Abdulrafiu Adeniji expressed concern over an acute shortage of nurses at the tertiary hospitals nationwide.
Adeniji said less than 20,000 professional nurses are in over 60 federal tertiary hospitals, adding that a large number of them are aged, thereby posing danger to the sustenance of health care delivery.
Adeniji said the continuous retiring of the aging nurses from services without immediate replacement is increasing the shortage.