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National Association Of Nigeria Nurses And Midwives Assures New Permanent Secretary of Smooth Synergy

National Association Of Nigeria Nurses And Midwives Assures New Permanent Secretary of Smooth Synergy

The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), a professional cum trade union organization is a non-governmental and non-profit organization authorized to organize all professional Nurses and Midwives who are trained, registered and licensed to practice Nursing Profession at all the levels of healthcare delivery system.

Speaking during the courtesy visit to the newly appointed Permanent Secretary Dr. Iwara Iwara, the President Comrade Mrs Josephine Bassey stated that the purpose of the visit was to pay courtesy to the Permanent Secretary of the Health Ministry for his elevation to his new position adding that it has been a long awaited dreams as his institutional memory is a plus to the health sector.

“Dr. Iwara we’re here as a body to formally congratulate you on your well deserved appointment as Permanent Secretary of the Cross River State Ministry of Health, prominent among several issues is that of the employment of Nurses in the State. We’ll wish to use this medium to solicit that you look into the issue of the three years waiver to be removed from our years of service adding that the transition from School of Nursing to College of Nursing will help the State achieve its goals. P.S, about 207 Nurses will be retiring very soon hence there’s a need for an employment of some Nurses to fill the gap.

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“Our Nurses week is coming up soon here in Calabar and we’re soliciting for support/sponsorship and inviting you officially as the conference will bring about capacity building amongst other positive impacts. She added.

Speaking also during the visit, the Director of Nursing Services Dr. Pauline Obute enumerated the importance of the Conference to both the Nurses and the State and the need for urgent employment of health workers especially Nurses to help fill the gap for those who have left the service for greener pastures as well as retirees.

“Permanent Secretary Sir, i wish to lend my voice to the council to solicit that they be a need for an urgent employment of health workers to fill the gap of those who have left the service in search of greener pastures and retirees also. The council will be needing support and sponsorship during the Conference and this we plead that you look into for us.”

On his part, the Director of Medical and Dental Services Dr. Essien Itam spoke on the genuineness and timeliness of the council’s visit/request while commending them for being steadfast and dedicated as they continue to look out for the welfare of their members.

Responding, the Permanent Secretary Dr. Iwara Iwara welcomed the team to the Ministry stating that the major challenges of the health sector as at today is the shortage of human resources assuring them that he’s very hopeful that something will be done urgently.

“Human resource crisis is what the entire health sector is facing today but let me reassure you all that soon the government of Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade will do something about this challenge. On the issue of the Nurses waiver, with sympathy and goodwill of His Excellency Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade, that will be achieved soon.

“On the Nurses Scientific Conference, there’s a need for our Nurses to update their knowledge regularly as such we’ll support on our part as I’ll do my best to attend.”

Dr. Iwara ended by thanking the council for the visit assuring them of a more stronger working relationship and synergy.

In a vote of thanks, the Secretary of the Council Mr. Joe Idiege thanked the Permanent Secretary and the entire Staff of the Ministry for the time, support and synergy while congratulating again the permanent secretary for reaching the apex level of civil service.

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