The Chairperson of Nigeria Association of Nurses and Midwives in Ogun State, Mrs Roseline Solarin on Tuesday lamented ‘acute shortage’ of nurses at the health facilities in the state.
This as she disclosed that at least three health workers in the state travel out of Nigeria, weekly, in search of greener pastures.
She said this in an interview on Tuesday on the sidelines of the 2021 Annual Nurses week held at the Nurse’s house in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
According to her, there are about 215 nurses across 20 Local Government Areas of the state while the has 448 functional health facilities.
“In Ogun state today, the total number of nurses that we have working in the 20 local governments are about 215 and we have 448 functional health facilities.
“So, if you want to put a nurse in each facilities, will it go round? Moreover we have comprehensive health centres where you require about 10 nurses to be in that centre, and the last time that employment was done at the local level was 2006,” Solarin said.
Solarin lamented that the exodus of health workers was due to poor renumeration, insecurity and lack of basic working equipment that have allegedly bewildered the Nigeria’s health sector.
She maintained that there is a need for the government to declare state of emergency in the health sector.
Solarin said “honestly speaking, a lot of our members are relocating to the developed world. The reason is not far-fetched.
“One, there is poor remuneration, the economic situation of the country, health workers are not well treated, some of the incentives that would make them to work better are not available.
“Insecurity is causing a lot of high blood pressure in the lives of people, because you are not sure of what is going to happen to you. You are not free to move anyhow. So if you are not safe where you are working, what is the point of staying there? Our people are moving even as far as Kuwait, China, India to go and work.”
Solarin however charged the government to be more concern about health sector because of the poor citizens.