The President of the Nigeria Labor Congress, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, has urged the Federal Government to immediately begin the payment of hazard pay to health workers in the country.
Wabba made the call during the Federal Capital Territory Annual Nurses Week/National Association of Nurses and Midwives of Nigeria 2022 Scientific Workshop on Thursday in Abuja.
At the workshop on “Investing in nursing and respecting rights to secure global health,” Wabba said the stipend had been revised but payment had yet to begin.
“Many health workers have fallen victim to illnesses while caring for patients. I salute nurses and midwives, your reward is not only in heaven but here on earth. I urge you to learn so that you can provide quality health services to Nigerians.
“The payment of hazard pay will boost the morale of our health workers in the country.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the invaluable role of nurses,” he said while paying tribute to those who died in their attempt to curb the COVID-19 pandemic by saving lives.
“Nurses and midwives are the smiles of life, they hold special places in the hearts of all Nigerians.
“They also occupy a very special place in the health system of each country. There will be no future in healthcare without nurses.
“You are the soul of the healthcare system, it takes a motherly heart and compassion to be a nurse. This is the kind of heart that must define our healthcare industry,” he said.
Wabba praised FCT Minister Malam Mohammed Bello for prompt payment of health care workers.
He called for improved wages for nurses saying, “A starving worker cannot provide quality health services.”
Also speaking, Bello praised the role that nurses play in the healthcare system.
“Nurses should be seen as the epitome of kindness. It is necessary to support and protect them in others to strengthen the health system,” Bello said.
He praised the role played by FCT nurses in the COVID-19 pandemic saying, “For that, we remain eternally grateful.
He said nurses and other health workers continue to be on the front line in the fight against malaria, chickenpox and other health issues, adding that FCT will continue to support the wellbeing of our healthcare providers. health.
Also speaking, Yusuf Sununu, Chairman of the House Committee on Health Services, called for stronger relationships in the health sector between doctors and nurses, describing it as very important in achieving health world.
He said he was shocked that more than 1,700 nurses left the country for what he described as greener pastures while praising those who decided to stay and support the country’s healthcare system.
He urged nurses to respect patients and also called on patients to reciprocate the gesture, adding that some patients frowned at the behavior they experienced in hospital “and they said they would rather die at home rather than in the hospital.
“If we can change our attitude towards patients, it will bode well because words heal faster than medicine.
National Chairman of NANNM, Mr Nnachi Michael said nurses work in a very difficult environment and that is why they keep talking about brain drain.
He said that if nothing is done to stop the trend, the health sector could collapse and urged the federal government to devote 15% of the annual national budget to the health sector.
He called for compensation and compensation for nurses in terms of welfare.
The legislator also called for an improvement in the salary package for workers by giving 70% of the consolidated salary to reduce the brain drain.
He said nurses are compassionate and humble, but workload tends to affect them because they are human beings too, adding that other necessary incentives would reduce the brain drain. (NOPE).