The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Kwara Chapter, has drawn the attention of the state government to the plight of its members, saying they are under pressure and poorly renumerated.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Joseph Adekanye, the Chairman of NANNM in Kwara, and made available to newsmen on Friday.
The NANNM chairman said there were problems confronting the association which included gross shortage of nurses and midwives.
“There is poor remuneration, inadequate working equipment in the hospitals and implementation of 10 per cent increase on the Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) for members at the local government councils.
“Others are renovation and funding of School of Midwifery Ilorin, Colleges of Nursing Oke-Ode and Ilorin, amelioration of local government pensioners, and settling of the identity crisis of nurses uniforms being adulterated by dental technicians in the state.
“It is our plea that the government look at the situation and take drastic steps to employ more nurses and midwives into the system,” he said.
Adekanye also appealed to the state government to ban the illegal wearing of the white uniform easily associatedwith nurses and midwives.
“It is our desire to collaborate with the government to restructure the facilities in the health system for the benefit of the populace,” he said.
“We also solicit for the treatment of one of our members, Mrs Alabi Titilayo, who needs kidney transplantation at the cost of N8 million,” he added.(NAN)