TOPSHOT - A nurse from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) surgical unit in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, on November 19, 2022 speaks with Rebecca Nzengi, 22, while receiving medical care after being wounded with a machete to the head. - Since October 2022, fighting, sometimes in populated areas, has resumed between the army and the M23 rebellion, accused by a United Nations report of being supported by the Rwandan army. People wounded during the conflict managed to reach the city of Goma and are cared for by the ICRC. The international organisation denounces the absence of a humanitarian corridor that allows the wounded to cross the front line, some 20 kilometers north of the city. (Photo by ALEXIS HUGUET / AFP) (Photo by ALEXIS HUGUET/AFP via Getty Images)

As confirmed by Dr. Salma Anas-Kolo, the presidential adviser on health, the Federal Government is dedicated to resolving the issues raised by nurses and midwives in order to maintain their satisfaction and improve the quality of care.

Salma-Kolo pledged that the government would address concerns brought up by the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) to support the efforts of medical professionals in promoting maternal and child health.Members of NANNM organised protests in Lagos and Abuja to voice their annoyance at what they perceived as an attempt to restrict their ability to pursue professional opportunities.

They specifically asked the Nursing Regulation Council to take up issues pertaining to staff shortages, wage scales, welfare, and other rights.

According to the Nursing Council’s updated guidelines, candidates who want to have their certificates verified by foreign nursing boards and councils must have two years of post-qualification experience starting from the date their permanent practicing licence was issued.Salma-Kolo pledged to investigate the issues raised and stated that the government would work to enhance the nation’s healthcare workers’ welfare and working conditions.

The advisor claimed that because they typically spend more time with patients than any other medical professional, nurses and midwives are the faces of healthcare delivery.”

Therefore, even in the absence of doctors, they play a vital and crucial role for us in providing nursing care and healthcare,” she stated.”We are dedicated to addressing the concerns brought forth by human resources. In order to create an environment that is conducive to success, one area we want to focus on is fighting.

We are attempting to resolve any areas of contention as well as those that will inspire our midwives and nurses. We desire the happiness of all health workers,” she stated. (NAN)

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