A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF INTERNATIONAL NURSES WEEK/ FOUR (4) DAYS SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE HELD AT NIGERIA AIR FORCE (NAF) CONFERENCE CENTRE, PLOT 496 AHMADU BELLO WAY KADO, ABUJA.
The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) celebrated its annual International Midwife Day, Nurses Week/ Scientific Conference with the theme: “A VOICE TO LEAD-INVEST IN NURSING AND RESPECT RIGHTS TO SECURE GLOBAL HEALTH” held from 5th to 13th of May 2022. The program started with press conference at NANNM National Secretariat Abuja, medical outreach and distribution of food and consumable at IDP Camp Was a Abuja. The scientific session started with opening ceremony which was graced by many dignitaries and nurses across the country. The following resolution were reach at the end of the scientific conference after several deliberations on professional issues, policy, labour, security and socio-economic matters;
1. The participants appreciates the Federal Government of Nigeria and Minister of FCT for the calm and accommodating environment throughout the scientific conference.
2. The participants appreciates the Head of Service of the federation and the members of the National Council on Establishment (NCE) for the correction of the entry grade point of Graduate Nurses and midwives from Grade level 9 (CONHESS 8) to Grade level 10 (CONHESS 9) and demand for immediate circularization and implementation of the approve new grade level for graduate nurses.
3. The participants appreciate the federal government/ federal MOH for the release of April and May 2018 withheld salaries. However center that are yet to pay our member without further delay.
4. The participants demand the commencement of Advance Nursing Practice in Nigeria as obtainable in developed countries and urge government and good spirited individual to invest heavily in nursing education.
5. The participant appreciates the efforts of the Federal Government in curtailing and containing the spread of COV-SARS-2 and its variants and the provision of vaccines to curb the spread of the pandemic and furthermore, encouraged the populace to make themselves available for vaccination.
6. The participant noted with dismay the persistent increase in insecurity across the country and demands that the Federal, State and Local Government boost the security apparatus of the country especially at the health institutions at the primary, secondary and tertiary level of healthcare.
7. The participant noted with dismay, the high level of quackery in nursing and midwifery profession and quack-training institutions across the country causing havoc in the health sector and killing innocent citizens with their unprofessional skills, causing pain to families and continually denting the image of the prestigious Nursing profession in Nigeria. Hence, the participant demands stringent measures to be put in place by the State and Federal Government and relevant stakeholders to curb this menace.
8. The participant observed with dismay the massive brain drain of Registered nurses and midwives from Nigeria due to poor working condition, insecurity, lack of modern equipment, poor welfare package, insufficient employment of nurses even where vacancies exist as such there is need for massive and continual recruitment of professional nurses and midwives by the Federal, State and Local Government of Nigeria to meet up the international best practices.
9. The participant demand immediate upward review of CONHESS salary structure and allowances to Nigeria Nurses and midwives including shift duty, call duty, rural posting, uniform, hazard and other relevant professional allowances to nurses and midwives by Federal, State and Local Government to reduce brain drain
10.The participants recommend needs for policy review and restructuring of the current post basic nursing clinical specialty into post graduate programs for the award of academic certificate.
11.The participant demands that the Federal and States governments to facilitate the training professional Nurses and Midwives on scholarship for postgraduate programs.
12. The participants recommends advance programs in midwifery education in Nigeria
13.The participants’ recommends improvement in funding nursing research by channeling resources towards research conduct and implementation of research outcome to bridge the gap between theory and practice
14. The participants recommend costing of nursing care in hospital at all level in line with the global best practice.
15.Participant recommends that registered Nurses/midwives should be made in charge of primary Health Care in Nigeria to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality rate at primary health care level in line with national strategic health development plan II 2018-2022.
16.Finally, the Communiqué-drafting-committee appreciates the leadership of NANNM for granting us rare opportunity to serve and wishes everyone journey mercies back to their various destinations
MEMBERS OF COMMUNIQUE DRAFTING COMMITTEE
1. Comrade Imoabasi Inieke Moses Chairman
2. Comrade David Tsokwa Nanushi Member
3. Comrade Essence Catherine Member
4. Comrade (Dr.) Ezekiel Omeh Member
5. Nr. Adelami Oluwagbenga E. Member
6. Comrade shehu Doki Member
7. Comrade Briskila Diabit Member
8. Comrade Bala Sulieman Member
9. Nr. Mozimo-Inegbu B Member
10.Nr. Chukwu Winifred Member
11. Comrade Obasi Chukwu Member
12.Comrade Christiana John Bawa Secretary
13.Comrade Njoku Ijeoma Assistant Secretary
14.Comrade Aina Emmanuel O. Assistant Secretary.