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Nurses, Midwives Threaten ‘War’ With CMDs,  

Posted: May 16, 2015 at 8:50 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Hassan Zaggi, Abuja


The President of the Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Abdrafiu Adeniji, has declared that his association will not take it lightly with the Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) or Medical Directors (MDs) of any Federal Medical Centre or Teaching Hospital where nurses are prevented from doing their job.

This followed the allegation that nurses were being prevented from performing their legitimate duties in some tertiary hospitals in the country.

Adeniji stated in Abuja, yesterday, while delivering a paper as part of the commemoration of the 2015 International Nurses Day.

He therefore declared immediate strike action in any hospital where such ‘unwholesome’ practice is identified.

He, however, lamented that despite the important role of nurses and midwives in the health sector, they are being marginalized and victimized.

“A recent development in some federal health institutions, even in the face of high maternal mortality and morbidity in the country where midwives were prevented from performing their legitimate services is absurd, an act of injustice, a colossal waste of man and material resources and is an attempt to increase maternal mortality in this country.

“I hereby pronounce that despite all consultations and dialogue in any medical centre, any teaching hospital where a nurse or nurses are prevented from doing their job,  this serve as an ultimatum for an instant industrial action in that institution,” he stressed.

According to him, “nurses are at the core of healthcare delivery but are marginalized from contributing to health policy development and decision-making.

“The World Health Assembly (WHA), the supreme decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has repeatedly recognized that nurses are essential to the development of quality health policy and the implementation of effective health intervention.”

He reiterated that, for Nigeria to stop housing the greatest burden of new-born deaths in Africa, overturn the negative health indices and chart the part towards better health outcomes that is both care and cost effective, nurses have a crucial role as a driving force of that change.

Adeniji, therefore, charged the nurses to renew their commitment to providing care with resilience and versatility as well as become fully involved in health care policy development and decision-making to reflect “our force for change.”