The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Nasarawa State Chapter wants the state Government to commence immediate payment of hazard allowances to health workers in the state to improve their condition of living.
The State Chairman of the association, Comrade Shawulu Tammah made the call at the 2022 Nurses Week in Lafia.
The Nurses Week brought together nurses and Midwives from the public and private health facilities in the State to engage in series of activities including lectures, workshops and physical exercises as well as identifying some of the major challenges impeding quality health care service delivery.
Nasarawa State Chairman, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Comrade Shawulu Tammah explained that health workers especially nurses work under inadequate care and poor condition of service in the state.
He stressed the need for the state government to focus attention on providing welfare packages for nurses and employ more health workers on regular basis to reduce the constant pressure that they face in the discharge of their duties.
President, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Comrade Micheal Nnachi represented by the Treasurer of the Association Comrade Laraba Lenka stated that most nurses were at the receiving end of the COVID-19 pandemic in the course of performing their duties hence the need to initiate special recovery incentives to boost their morale.
The Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule, represented by the state commissioner for health, Mr Ahmed Yahaya noted that the state government would continue to give prominent attention to the health sector.
The theme for the 2022 nurses week is ‘‘Nurses, a voice to lead, invest in nursing and respect rights to secure global health”.
Reporting by Chris Nyamtu; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade/Annabel Nwachukwu