Nigeria: Federal Government Pledges to Address Nurses and Midwives Concerns

Nigeria: Federal Government Pledges to Address Nurses and Midwives Concerns

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

The Federal Government of Nigeria has reiterated its commitment to addressing the concerns of nurses and midwives in the country. Dr. Salma Anas-Kolo, the Presidential Adviser on Health, has assured that the government is determined to keep these healthcare professionals happy, thus enhancing their service delivery.

In a statement addressing the ongoing efforts to improve healthcare, maternal, and child health, Salma-Kolo emphasized the government’s dedication to resolving issues raised by the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM). This, she believes, will encourage the nurses and midwives to perform at their best.

The NANNM members had previously staged protests in Abuja and Lagos to express their dissatisfaction over what they perceived as attempts to restrict their freedom to pursue career opportunities. Among their key concerns were welfare, salary scales, staff shortages, and other rights that they felt were being neglected.

In an effort to standardize the qualifications of foreign-trained nurses, the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria recently revised its guidelines. It now requires applicants seeking verification of certificates from foreign nursing boards and councils to possess at least two years of post-qualification experience from the date of issuance of the permanent practicing license.

Salma-Kolo, while acknowledging these concerns, emphasized the importance of creating an enabling environment that would improve the working conditions and welfare of healthcare workers in the country. She recognized the pivotal role that nurses and midwives play in healthcare delivery, often spending more time with patients than any other healthcare professional.

“We are committed to improving on issues raised by human resources,” she affirmed.”

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