Edo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Samuel Alli, has reiterated the State Government’s commitment to improving the welfare of nursing professionals and addressing issues of quackery in the State.
During a courtesy visit by National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) members, Dr Alli made the statement during a courtesy visit led by their Chairman, Catherine Esene, in Benin City.
He assured that the State Government will make appropriate regulations and implement structural improvements in medical facilities throughout the State.
He told the nursing fraternity, “I deeply appreciate you all for this visit and for bringing to our attention the issues you believe are hindering performance in the health sector. Most of these challenges are not new. Regarding welfare, I acknowledge your concerns about hazard allowances and implementing the N40,000 minimum wage for your cadre.
However, you also know that Edo is the only State in the Federation currently implementing such. I assure you that as finances improve, you all will also feel the impact. I am glad you know what we are doing about quackery. We will continue to ensure that the rate of quackery is reduced to the barest minimum through appropriate regulations. Plans are also being implemented to ensure our health facilities receive a well-deserved facelift.”
The Commissioner urged nursing association members to key into the State Government’s vision. Further, they asked them to and align with the strategic directions in the ongoing health sector reforms. While using himself as an example of Governor Godwin Obaseki’s dedication to excellence and appointing capable individuals regardless of political affiliation, Dr Alli encouraged the team to see themselves as leaders and problem solvers in the health sector.
He further stated, “The Government has a role to play, and you also have a role to play. You must not relent in your quest to deliver quality services to the people of Edo State. If we do our parts as we should, we will begin to see the progress we desire.”
In her address, the Chairman of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Comr. Nr Catherine Esene, Congratulated the Hon Commissioner, Dr Samuel Alli, on his well-deserved appointment. She expressed utmost confidence in his ability to drive the vision of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led’s administration. She said, ‘We do not doubt your capacity. They stated that they know that Governor Godwin Obaseki,will ensure that they employ the best team to pilot this sector.”
While commending the State Government for the recent recruitment of staff into the Ministry of Health, Hospitals Management Agency and the Edo State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Comr. Esene gave insights into sector challenges, including quackery, nurses’ welfare, premature staff retirement, and the State of health facilities. However, she remained optimistic they could overcome these challenges through collaborative efforts.
The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) serves as the umbrella body for all nurses and midwives across various levels of care, encompassing the federal, State, and local government and the private sector. Their visit signifies a unified commitment to address critical issues in the health sector and work towards their resolution.