4th April, 2020
The National Association Of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, (NANNM), Plateau State Council wishes to appreciate her members and the effort of Plateau State Government under the leadership of His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong in curbing the menace of COVID-19 in the state. As a professional body, we will not relent in the discharge of our duties. This hope is hinged on the noticeable sacrifice of Nurses while keeping to their professional calling by offering themselves at all times in the ongoing fight against the menace of COVID-19, bearing in mind that the Year 2020 is dubbed as “The Year of Nurses and Midwife” by WHO in staunch recorgnition of our key roles, presence and notable efforts towards the goals and successes achieved for Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
The priority of NANNM, Plateau State Council at this critical period remains the same, which is the safety, health and well-being of it’s members and the general public. While we appreciate the Government for all it is doing, we however noticed with dismay the following.
- The task Force set up by Government did not take cognizance of the role of Nurses in combating the scourge of COVID -19. Perhaps, that is the reason the leadership of Nurses in the state is not included
- We are aware of the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment, (PPE), in our hospitals and Isolation Centers. Consequently, we have directed our members not to attend to any patient with a suspected case of COVID-19 without PPE. “No PPE, DON’T RISK YOURSELF”. Government should in earnest provide all appropriate safety devices to all the designated facilities including casualty departments where cases first report, for the overall safety of Nurses, health Professionals and citizens of the state.
- The health sector should be given a special consideration in terms of recruiting Nurses at this critical moment. Government should direct all relevant agencies to release the employment letters of the interviews conducted by the state Government recently, as health facilities around the State are seriously understaffed with our members manifesting different signs of occupational related diseases. The embargo placed on employment should exempt Nurses from the Federal, State, and Local Government Health Institutions.
- Government should ensure proper training of workers, especially those working in Isolation Centers.
- Accommodation should be provided to all health workers working in Isolation Centers to enbale them self-isolate themselves till the fight against COVID-19 is over.
In view of the foregoing, members are advised to work hand-in-hand with other health workers in the combat of this disease and adhere to the following.
a. Control Ward traffic by limiting the number of visitors to the hospitals.
b. Implement isolation and Barrier Nursing technique appropriately.
c. Report any suspected case of COVID-19.
d. Educate people and the community on methods to prevent COVID-19.
e. Respond positively to this National Emergency by having high index of suspicion for all patients with respiratory symptoms.
We call on the media and Civil Society Organizations to help in the spread of preventive messages at all levels as all hands need to be on Deck if we most succeed.
We also call on Government at all levels to use this opportunity to develop the health sector as it is clear, that the sector needs serious intervention.
On its part, NANNM shall continue to work with Government and the good people of Plateau State to ensure the health of our citizens is guaranteed.
I urge all Nurses in the state to take extreme care and sacrifice more during this period by adhering to all precautionary measures recommended by NCDC and WHO to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and stay safe.
NB. NO PPE, DON’T RISK YOURSELF.
COMRADE BRISKILA DABIT
PLATEAU STATE COUNCIL
NANNM JUTH UNIT
NANNM PSSH UNIT
NANNM HMB UNITS
NANNM UHS UNIT
NANNM, LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS