The wife of the Ogun State Governor, Bamidele Abiodun has underscored the need for an increase in the number of nurses and midwives towards reducing maternal mortality, especially at the grassroots.
The wife of the governor made the submission at a town hall meeting organized by Community Development Associations, Ogun Women on Maternal Health and Frontline Workers held in conference hotel Abeokuta, the State capital.
Mrs Abiodun stated that the State Government was committed to addressing the deficits in the Health Sector to add value to the lives of the people.
The wife of the governor called on all stakeholders to join hands to improve the state of the healthcare delivery system in the rural areas and also gave the assurance that the present administration would continue to address all issues affecting women and Children in the State.
The President, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, NANNM, Mr. Nnachi Michael appealed to the State government to give automatic employment to graduates of the State-owned College of Nursing and Midwifery to address the shortage of manpower in the sector.
He Lamented the current statistics of 215 nurses working in 448 medical facilities in Ogun state.
The National President also advocated the reintroduction of the Midwives Service Scheme with attractive welfare packages to encourage more volunteers in professional midwifery.
Mr. Michael who was represented by the Ogun State chairman of the association, Mrs. Roseline Solarin maintained that Ogun State with about three Universities and five colleges of Nursing should leverage the advantage of employing an adequate number of nurses across the hospitals.
The town hall meeting was attended by women groups, professional associations, and other stakeholders in the health sector.
Reporting by Wale Oluokun; Editing by Tina Oyinsan