Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has appealed to healthcare practitioners to seek a robust and harmonious partnership for quality health care system as a prime goal.
In a press release sent to Nigerian Pilot Saturday, Professor Adewole made this call when he received the representatives of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, NANNM, at Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja.
At the occasion, the Minister noted that NANNM was the first professional association he has met with since his assumption of office and this underscores the importance of nurses as important stakeholders in the delivery of quality healthcare in Nigeria.
He urged the Nurses and Midwives to collaborate with other professionals in the sector to create an effective health care system that will serve the people, adding that less acrimony will benefit all professionals.
Referring to numerous challenges in the nursing profession, the Minister said that the sector needed a period of peace for the government to address all the issues in order to ensure fairness, equity and justice and advised the Unions to dialogue with one another.
At the occasion, the Minister of State Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said that the meeting as the first opportunity for harmonious relationship between Associations, Unions and Government.
Ehanire said all the government wants to see in the sector was a patient centred service.
“Medical tourism is a creation of lack of confidence in the health care system, this can change through change in attitude and proper management of the available equipments in the hospitals.’’
Speaking earlier, the National President of NANNM, Comrade Abdulrafiu Adeniji enumerated challenges hindering the development of nursing profession to include, non-implementation of Unified Scheme of Service for Nurses and Midwives; Lack of infrastructure and working tools or facilities; Internship for graduate of nursing sciences from Nigerian Universities; amongst others.

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