By Aderogba George
The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), FCT Council, on Wednesday celebrated its cultural carnival to display talents packaged in Nigerians nurses.
Speaking during the celebration, the Chairman of NANNM, FCT Council, Comrade Deborah Yusuf, stated that the celebration was basically meant to showcase the talents by nurses.
She added that the nurses were also using the maiden edition of the cultural carnival as part of the programme packaged for the 2021 annual FCT nurses week, and to also promote Nigerian unity.
“We are here celebrating ourselves because we are able to survive COVID-19, we are celebrating because we have put in a lot to the profession,” she said.
The Deputy Chairman of the council, Comrade Talatu Haruna, urged governments at all levels, particularly the Federal Government, to do everything within the law to encourage health workers.
According to her, Nigerian medical workers are now seeking greener pastures abroad, tagged brain drain that needs to be addressed.
“The brain drain of nurses and doctors in Nigeria is as a result of lack of welfare package to encouraged them to put in their best to work.
Nigerian nurses and doctors excel abroad based on their competences and effectiveness, as well as the welfare package given to them over there,” Haruna said.
Comrade Biobelemoye Josiah, President, Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, called on government to be accountable to all funds allocated to the health sector, adding that some funds were not used judiciously.
He also urged government to look into the plight of medical health workers to avert incessant strike, adding that the idea of no work no pay cannot settle the issue confronting the health workers.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the carnival featured a novelty football competition between female nurses of Federal Health Institutions and FCT Hospitals.
The match which ended goalless in regulation t5ime later saw the FCT Hospitals winning 3-1 on penalty shootout.
NAN also reports that the cultural carnival witnessed a match past by nurses from different government hospitals in Abuja such as Wuse, Garki, Asokoro, Gwarinlay, Bwari, Karshi, and Kubwa, among others.
NAN reports that trophies and awards were presented to the winning teams which participated in the show. (NAN)