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The Chairperson of National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives in Ogun state, Roseline Solarin has expressed concern over shortage of nurses in Ogun public health centres.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that Solarin lamented that there are only 215 nurses assigned to about 448 functional health facilities in the state.
She said this on Tuesday during the 2021 Annual Nurses week held at the Nurse’s house in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
She lamented that health workers in the state are exiting Nigeria every week for greener pastures.
The NANNM Chairperson lamented that the association keeps receiving resignation letters almost every week.
She added, “the local governments are the grassroots for people and you know that we need to take good care of them. In Ogun state today, the total number of nurses that we have working in the 20 local governments are about 215 and we have 448 functional health facilities.
“So, if you want to put a nurse in each facility , will it go round? Moreover we have comprehensive health centres where you require about 10 nurses to be in that centre, and the last time that employment was done at the local level was in 2006”.
Solarin also bemoaned the way retired health workers are treated, lamenting that those at service may face the same as ex-health workers are yet to be paid their gratuities .
She questioned, “Also, those who had worked and retired, what has been their fates?
“In Ogun state today, some of my members that have retired had their gratuity last in 2011, and we are in 2021. Some that are working with state government, the management board and all that, the last time their gratuity was paid was in 2013. So what is our future?”
She explained, “The current administration agreed to be using N500 million to be settling them; if we continue like that, those who had retired even before this 2020 set, it will take them about 30 years to upset the debt.
“Those who retired, whatever we are doing in government service today is the handy work of those people that had retired. So if they are not well taken care of, what is the point? So that is why most people are relocating.
“And for us we are supposed to see to the welfare of staff; now even as a worker in the state and we all know that you cannot make anything without involving yourself into maybe cooperative society or things like that, and if you have agreed that you want to take loan form cooperative society and you want them to pay them back. And the government supposed to remit this money, because they are deducting from source, to all this cooperative societies. They have not done that. They are owing about 19 months now of cooperative deduction.
“Some take bank loans that, if you don’t pay when you are supposed to pay, they will capitalise interest on it. So if those bank loans are not repaid and you keep on incurring more debts, so what is the point of staying in a country you cannot say this is where I am going.”
Solarin however charged the government to be more concern about health sector because of the poor citizens.