By Ibrahim Zainab
The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Kwara
State branch has appealed to the state government to as a matter of
urgency recruit more nurses and midwives to fill the manpower deficit
in the health sector.
The Chairman of the association, Alhaji Aminu Shehu made the appeal
during the retirement ceremony held in honour of 26 nurses organised
by the Kwara State Ministry of Health in Ilorin, on Tuesday.
He said, “The retirement of our colleagues after rendering meritorious
service is a thing of joy but a very big problem to us as we’re
battling with shortage of nurses and midwives in health facilities in
“When you visit the various General and Specialist hospitals across
the state, you will notice just two nurses attending to almost 100
patients in some wards. Our members are being overworked thereby
leading to their collapse and death on duties.
“As a matter of urgency, we are appealing to the Governor Abdulrahman
Abdulrazaq-led administration to employ more nurses and midwives to
fill the vacuum at the state and local government levels.
“This year, we are recording 26 members retiring and next year, the
number will likely be more than this. So the only remedy is for the
state government to recruit more nurses for the state health
Speaking further, Shehu charged the retiring nurses not to rely only
on their pension and to continue working for the benefit of the
In his remarks, one of the retiring nurses, Elder Moses Ajiboye tasked
members on unity and contribution towards the growth of the
He also appreciated the state government for the opportunity given to
them to serve in various capacities while also urging the Abdulrahman
Abdulrazaq administration to patronise them to ensure advancement of
the health sector.
Highlight of the event was the presentation of gifts to the retirees.