As the World celebrates the 2020 World Health Day, the Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) has called for standard medical practice in Nigeria and honoring of midwives and nurses who are involved directly as care givers to sick patients especially in the light of the pandemic which has ravaged the world.
The Executive of CCIDESOR, Ogechi Ikeh pointed out that with the outbreak of COVID-19, it has been discovered that the country has dearth of standard medical facilities, lack of well-equipped isolation centers and underpaid medical personnel, especially nurses and midwives who would serve as the sole care givers to infected patients
Today is set apart to celebrate and honor the tireless efforts of nurses and midwives arounf the globe more so, remind world leaders of the critical role these medical personnel play in keeping the world healthy. Nurses and other health workers are at the forefront of COVID-19 response – providing high quality, respectful treatment and care, leading community dialogue to address fears and questions and, in some instances, collecting data for clinical studies. Quite simply, without nurses, there would be no response.
In this International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, World Health Day (WHO) highlights the current status of nursing and around the world. WHO and its partners will make a series of recommendations to strengthen the nursing and midwifery workforce.
This will be vital if we are to achieve national and global targets related to universal health coverage, maternal and child health, infectious and non-communicable diseases including mental health, emergency preparedness and response, patient safety and the delivery of integrated, people-centered care, amongst others.
CCIDESOR urged all and sundry to encourage and cooperate with professional care givers in leading the nation and globe at large to a standard health practice by maintaining standard personal hygiene, especially ensuring Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) in the environment, social distancing, washing of hands with clean water and soap, avoiding of touching of faces with the hands and use of alcoholic hand sanitizers. We also ask the government to support care givers by giving them remuneration that covers the risk they take to take care of human lives and to create an environment of standard medical practice post COVID-19.