Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, has promised to collaborate with members of the Professional Association of Public Health Nursing Officers of Nigeria to enable them to achieve their desired professional goals and aspirations.
She made the promise during a visit of the association to her office and stressed the importance of Public Health Nursing to the well-being of the society.
She lamented the relegation of the profession, adding that preventive care, as the hallmark of health care delivery, should be valued as curative health.
The First Lady assured members of the association that the Governor Kayode Fayemi-led administration would spare no effort to ensure that they took their rightful position among health officials and remunerated well.
According to her, it was a pride to be called a Nurse in the developed countries given their roles in the health care delivery system.
She stressed that part of the ways government could appreciate the contributions of the health professionals was by ensuring that they received remunerations; training and support that would position them to compete favourably with their contemporaries all over the world.
Erelu Fayemi, who stressed the importance of health care delivery to the eight-point agenda of the new administration, added that Public Health Nurses should be the vanguard of the achievement of free health care scheme of the government.
She disclosed that the launch of the Maternal Health Records Book was aimed at strengthening the health care delivery system in the state and promised to improve on the record from time to time.
Earlier, the National President of the Association, Mrs Alice Oluwatayo, who sought the assistance of government towards improving the lots Public Health Nurses in the state, said her members were the bedrock of Primary Health Care in the country.
She said that members of the association converged on Ekiti from different parts of the country for a week-long National Conference which has as theme, “Impact of Women’s Empowerment on the reduction of Maternal Mortality rate in Nigeria.”
Last modified: February 2, 2012