National President of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) Adeniji Abdulrafiu has tasked members of the body to be more professional and exhibit high standards in delivering health services to the public.
He emphasised the urgent needs for training and retraining of members in the profession to reflect modern approach to discharging services to patients and the general public.
Speaking on Sunday at the opening of the 2019 one day Induction/Inaugural course for the Sokoto state Coubcil newly elected Executives, Abdulrafiu noted nurses occupy a central position in the medical services profession in discharging duties to the public.
Represented by the National Auditor, Mr. Haruna Mandabs, Abdulrafiu said: “We need to set and improve standards in service delivery.
“We must be working together with doctors professionally to achieve the fundamental goals and objectives of the health and medical workers.’’
He explained the profession was built on 4 pillars of service relations; patient, co- worker, public and the profession itself said professionals have he duty to discourage wrong perception and develop proper flow of communication and information to the public.
“The public should understand you in the course of duty by creating avenue that will strengthen knowledge on the best practice as it relates to patients and the general public.”
Declaring, the course open, Dr. Buhari Bello Kware, Sokoto state Head of Service, noted nurses and midwives were naturally humane and reasonable above other classes of employees anywhere in the world.
Kware disclosed the state government had set up a committee to look into the immediate and remote problems in the health sector especially on the salaries and welfare of health and medical workers.
According to him:” We will soon address the disparity issue on salaries of health workers inorder to reflect best practices implementation.”
The HoS urged members of the profession to also dedicate themselves and be alive to their responsibilities of serving humanity in view of the sensitivity of their rile as ‘life savers’.
He observed the state was experiencing mass exodus of professionals in health and medical lines even as it operates automatic employment policy for students on admission for nurses and midwifery courses.
“Many are concerned about the salaries instead of been patriotic. This is why our current budget has made adequate provision to bridge the disparity of salaries and other emulments in the health sector inorder to discourage especially the exodus of our indigenes to other medical organs paying higher.
“We spend to train them but we don’t get commensurate results as pay back. It is sad an experience to notice that in short time, they quit our service to where they get higher pay. But all these will soon be over.”
Sokoto state Comrade Abubakar Shehu urged members of the professional body to continue to further their education, embrace and exhibit the culture of discipline by reversing the lost glory of the profession.
He pointed out that doing so would strengthen and elevate the standard of the profession.
According to Shehu: “It is most unfortunate and shocking to allow ugly circumstances to dwindle and cause distress to our noble profession as experienced in recent past.
“We have so become spiritually in tune to neglect the ethics of the profession. We must learn to treat our patients with courtesy and respect. Treat human beings in such a way and manner you will wish to be treated.”
He decried the lack of attention given nurses and midwives by government in terms of encouraging their education.
While noting the disparity in salary of medical personnel and other health professionals was enormous, Comrade Shehu said it has brewed disturbing industrial harmony in the sector.
“We are not agitating equal salary since we have two separate salary tables COMESS and CONHESS. Our expectation is that whenever government reviews salary should be across board.”