Nurses in Ogun State have complained shortage of personnel in the profession.
The complaint came to the fore at the commissioning of the Ogun State Secretariat of the National Association of Nurses.
The Secretariat, christened ‘Nurses House,’ located around popular Abiola Way in the Ogun State capital shall serve as a hub for Nurses and health workers within the state.
Commissioning of the secretariat on Monday 26th October 2015, also marked the beginning of the 2015 Quadrennial Delegate Conference of the association.
Chairman of the association, Comrade Abiodun O. Olakanmi (JP), at the event, appreciated members who had painstakingly contributed to making the edifice a reality.
“The Nurses house we are commissioning was built by Ogun State Nurses who contributed to have a befitting secretariat. I salute every nurse that has a hand in this edifice, may God continue to provide for all your needs,” he prayed.
Olakanmi however stressed the need for further assistance to make the secretariat a conducive place for nurses and health workers for who it was built. Calling on the Chairman of the occasion, Otunba Babatunde Onanuga, Olakanmi said the facility still needs more touches. “This Nurses House still needs financial assistance, we need to equip the offices and halls with air conditioners, we need standard furniture for the interior, interlocking flooring for the surroundings and the whole structure to be fenced,” he requested.
Appreciating the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Olakanmi appreciated Amosun for the implementation of Teaching Allowance for nurses and other Health Workers. He however called the Local Government to replicate the state government’s gesture. He said, “We hereby call on the 20 Local Government Areas in the state, to without further delay, resume the payment of Teaching Allowance to our members as done in the state.”
The State Chairman also listed the pertinent issues affecting nurses directly and indirectly, which have also had a negative effect on healthcare delivery in Ogun State.
Toping Olakanmi’s list is the shortage of nurses in the state. According to him, all the General Hospitals in the state and Primary Health Centres in the Local Governments are grossly short staffed for which reason, the association has complained severally. He noted the fact that nurses are also retiring statutorily from service without proper replacement. “I am sure if nurses are not employed before the end of 2015, some hospitals will start closing down from January 2016,”he lamented, calling for mass recruitment of nurses who are now overstretched.
The nurses also demand the establishment of the proposed Ogun State College of Nursing, in order to train more professionals. Olakanmi also called for the implementation of the Teaching Allowance for nurses and other Health Workers.
The last demand was the Lateral Conversion of Graduate Nurses. “Nursing is a practical profession and when the holders of the RN/RN acquire a Bachelor degree in Nursing Science; he or she should be converted laterally into the officer’s cadre, this is the position of the office of the Head of service of the Federation,” he said.