El-Rufai Tasks Nurses to Compliment Government’s Efforts in Reviving the Health Sector
Nurses in Kaduna state have been tasked to change their attitude to work so as to compliment government’s effort in reviving the health sector in the state.
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, made the call recently, while declaring open the Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting of the West African College of Nursing (WACN), Nigerian chapter, with the theme, Promoting Quality Nursing Education and Practice: Prospects and Challenges in the Twenty-first Century, in Kaduna.
El-Rufai who was represented by his deputy, Barnabas Bala Bantex, stressed that the state government is committed to reversing the inherited negative indices in the health sector; as such, the nurses need to give in their best to achieve that.
He said, “Now, being in this function, the idea is to remind the nurses that we can do all these, but the attitude of the nurse within that environment is what will actually deliver on the health care.
“The government is drawing the attention of the nurses to change their attitude; the sympathy and honesty with which nurses approached their profession in the past should be renewed with greater strength and have compassion on the patients. When that is done, it will compliment government’s efforts towards reversing the negative state of the state health sector.”
He also noted that, the government is partnering with other international partners to turn around the state of the health sector, stating that; “That, we have done, by providing for 255 comprehensive health care facilities in each of the wards of the state. It will be well equipped and furnished in a very beautiful environment. We also are going into each local government to modernize a single hospital and thereafter deal with seven tertiary hospitals.”
In his keynote address, an Associate Professor of Public Health Nursing, who is also the Head of Nursing Department from Bayero University, Kano, Dr. Adelani Tijani, called for an appreciable salary for the nurses.
He noted that, except for few workplaces like teaching hospitals and federal medical centers, the salaries of many health centers are not attractive, including the state government health facilities, which the wages of the nurses is nothing to write home about.
In her remarks, Executive Secretary of WACN, Henrietta Okedo, said, there is no country or region that can ensure the health of its population; hence, there is the need to provide quality nursing education. She added that, the global health issues require highly educated and skilled healthcare professionals that can provide quality and seamless care to the clients.