Nurses protest alleged deteriorating facilities in Nigerian hospitals

Gloria Essien

Nigerian nurses working in federal government health facilities on Thursday held a peaceful rally in Abuja, to protest what they said were “lopsidedness in the implementation of conditions of service as well as deteriorating state of infrastructure”, among others.

Speaking on their grievances, the National Chairman of National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Federal Health Institution Sector, Mr.Wale Olatunde, said that the protest was aimed at drawing governments’ attention to happenings at federal government owned hospitals across the country.

Mr Olatunde said their grievances includes cited “deteriorating state of infrastructure, inadequate manpower and dearth of highly skilled Nurse Specialists, the discriminatory and selective implantation of government policies, nonpayment of promotion arrears by most CMDs/Mds for upward of 4 years to our members;  failure of all CMDs/MDs to recommence the payment of teaching allowances”, among others.

The association therefore called on the federal government, the National Assembly, the Ministry of Labor and all stakeholders to intervene to avoid another round of the industrial crisis in the health sector.

It  also called on the president to  beam its anti-corruption searchlight on the FMOH and its parastatals with emphasis on how their budgetary allocations and internally generated revenue (IGR) are being expended.

The Nigerian minister of state for health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, made an appearance at the venue of the protest but did not address the protesters.

The protesting nurses from National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) were drawn from 66 federal health institutions

Rafat S.