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Mrs Sola Aketi, Vice President, West Africa College of Nursing (WACN) has called on the Federal Government to invest more in the welfare of nurses and midwives for quality healthcare delivery system in the country.

Aketi made the appeal in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Lagos.

Aketi underscored the importance of improved investment in nursing as the world celebrates International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), has declared 2020 International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives.

The year being the bicentenary of the birth of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, was also to highlight an acute shortage of these crucial health workers.

Aketi noted that Africa and indeed Nigeria, was not investing enough in the nurses and midwives, saying it contributed to the attrition of nurses to other countries for recognition and better welfare packages.

“To what extent are the nurses and midwives in Nigeria and Africa being appreciated, none.

“No insurance coverage; we do research on our own and we seek for grants by ourselves. There is no appreciation that this research you have done will take the country and the sector extra mile.

“Nurses are the ones doing the best and most valuable things in the health sector. 24/7 when you get to a hospital, you will see a nurse.

“Whether they are hale or not, they have to be in attendance to care for their patients.

“Nurses play a critical role, midwives ensure that right from the cradle to the grave, they are always available to provide care,” she said.

Aketi who is also an Assistant Director, Lagos State Nursing Service, urged the government to provide insurance coverage and constant opportunity for ups-killing of nurses and midwives to be abreast with global development in their sphere.

She advised nurses to seize the opportunity for additional qualifications when given, to enable them acquire more knowledge to provide quality care that is safe, effective, timely and equity to patients.

Aketi further called on government to do more to encourage medical workers who risk their lives to save others.

Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Ekemini Ladejobi

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