By Ukpa Ewa 

Awka, May 13, 2021 (MOI) National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Anambra State Council has called for employment of more nurses in the state. 

Speaking on the significance of the day in Awka, Anambra State, Chairman of the association, Mrs Edith Onwuka said that the profession was battling a shortage of nurses to meet the health needs of the masses, quoting the World Health Organisation (WHO) requirements for nursing as obtained. 

“Nurses constitute 95 per cent of the workforce and just as the name implies, we take care of patients starting from the admission until the discharge of patient. 

“Because there is gross shortage of Nurses in the healthcare industry, nurses cannot effectively take care of their patients well as much is required from them on daily basis.’’ 

Explaining the theme: “Nurses – Voice to lead, Vision for future healthcare ‘’, Mrs Onwuka thanked nurses for their resilience being the core front liners in the fight against COVID-19. 

NANNM chairman, then, advised the government at all levels to invest in the healthcare industry, while commending Anambra State Government for its security architecture in the protection of health workers. 

“The roles of nurses are enormous: adequate security should be provided in hospitals for nurses that are discharging their duties.’’ 

Chief Executive Officer, Howard Catton noted that International Council of Nurses in his message to commemorate the day that the pandemic had exposed the weaknesses in the health systems and the enormous pressures under which they were working as well as shining a light on their incredible commitment and courage.  

“What the pandemic has also done has given us the opportunity to call for a reset and the opportunity to explore new models of care, where nurses are at the centre of our health systems.  

“We can only achieve this vision of future healthcare by generating new policies that paveway for this sea-change; that is another key area that International Nurses Day (IND) will seek to focus.’’ 

The IND 2021 theme reflected on the impact of COVID-19 on the health system and the nursing profession and how these might be affected in the future. 

However, he said  Nurses, as the largest healthcare professionals, must play an integral part in planning the future of healthcare. 

In 2021, Nurses globally focus on the changes and innovations in nursing and how it has ultimately shaped the future of healthcare.  

International Nurses Day is a global celebration marked every May 12 to acknowledge and celebrate the commitment and bravery of nurses around the world.   COVID – 19 pandemic has shown the world the important role that nurses play in keeping people healthy across their lifespan. (MOI)

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