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Nurses, Midwives, critical to healthcare – Sokoto HoS

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Alhaji Abubakar Muhammad, the Sokoto State Head of Service (HoS), on Wednesday lauded Nurses and Midwives for their contributions to the delivery of healthcare services across the globe.

Muhammad made the recommendation at the occasion of 2022 International Nurses Midwives Week celebration in Sokoto.

The three-day programme was organised by the Sokoto State Ministry of Health, in collaboration with Health Workforce Management (HWM) Activity and National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Sokoto state council.

The 2022 is themed: “Nurses, a voice to lead: invest in nursing and respect right to secure global health”.

The HoS described the week as ”an avenue to give honour to whom it is due,” saying the celebration of nurses and midwives is not only deserving, but a necessity.

“Being a nurse is not only attending the school and working in the hospital, but someone who is always the first contact and life savers at their various communities.

“When it means you will be admitted to the hospital 75 per cent of the burden remains for nurses.

“So, you see, without nurses, a hospital is just like a human being without backbone. Their contributions to the healthcare system globally are unquantifiable,” he said.

Hajiya Imamatu Muhammad, the state Director, Nursing Services, said the week was being celebrated worldwide, to increase awareness about the contributions of the nurses and midwives in the healthcare industry.

“In a word, it is about reminding ourselves of the role and responsibilities of this noble profession, notably maintaining and improving the standard and quality of care we render to our patients and clients.

“Therefore, the healthcare system globally relies on us, and we cannot afford to fail in our responsibilities,” she said.

Muhammad further appreciated the various partners for their support and funding of the programme, while thanking the UNFPA for its full commitment towards ensuring its success.

Also speaking, Hajiya Mariya Tambuwal, the wife of Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, hailed the organisers’ efforts and dedication to humanity.

Tambuwal, who was represented by Hajiya Gado Mustapha, tasked nurses and midwives to dedicate the week in ensuring more commitment and tolerance to service delivery.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Ali Inname, represented by Malam Muhammad Shu’aibu, the Director, Public Health, extolled the various efforts of nurses and midwives in ensuring a lot of successes in the health sector of the state.

Inname said that the state government had committed a lot of resources to the health sector, while assuring of more engagements to the well being of health workers in the state.

Earlier, Malam Kabiru Gobir, the Chairman of the occasion, applauded the efforts of the association in uplifting nursing profession by engaging nurses into higher qualifications.

Gobir however called on Sokoto state government to hasten the employment of community health staffers and others screened in the year 2021.

He said their employment would improve primary healthcare services and reduce the workload on secondary and tertiary health institutions.

Highlights of the occasion was the presentation of awards to some senior nurses and midwives who had exceedingly contributed to the development of healthcare in the state. (NAN)

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