BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja
The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has urged the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency consider making salaries of Nurses and Midwives working in all public hospitals equal according to their levels.
They made this call during a briefing, called to mark the International Day Midwives, which is usually celebrated on 5th of May every year.
Speaking to Journalists at the event, the Chairperson, NANNM-Midwives Association, Mrs Magret Akinsola said it was unfair that Nurses and Midwives who graduated from same higher Institutions at the same period and with same qualifications are being placed on different salary level just because one works for the federal government and the other for State or Local Government.
Akinsola said the advice if taken by all government levels would bring about improvement in healthcare services in public hospitals, as Nurses will no longer reject serving at local governments when paid as their counterparts in the states.
However, President of the Association, Mr Abdulrafiu Adeniji expressed dissatisfaction over the poor state of health facilities in the country, maintaining that it has affected the optimal performance of Midwives, as they couldn’t have done their jobs effectively without necessary equipment.
He therefore urged the federal government to equip the facilities and make healthcare accessible, especially those in rural communities.
Adeniji who was also saddened over the high level of disharmony in the nation’s health sector, pointed out that the health sector may be heading for doom if the issue is not urgently addressed.
He observed that health is a multi-disciplinary industry that recognises the unique practice within the profession.