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Tense Situation Brews Between Nurses and FG Over Certification Process

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Members of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives are in uproar as they prepare to confront the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria regarding new guidelines for certificate verification.

Nurses and midwives have expressed dissatisfaction with the deactivation of the NMCN verification portal since December 2023, claiming that it obstructs their career advancement opportunities abroad and is influenced by the government’s effort to reduce the emigration of health workers.

The NMCN, established by the Federal Government, holds the responsibility for ensuring delivery of safe nursing and midwifery care to the public, regulating education and practice standards, and addressing the changing health needs of society.

In 2023, the NANNM highlighted that over 75,000 nurses and midwives had left the country in the past five years, emphasized by challenges such as insecurity, kidnappings, and violence in the workplace.

This exodus exacerbates the existing scarcity of healthcare workers and poses significant threats to the healthcare system, limiting access to care for many individuals.

The President of the association, Michael Nnachi, pointed out the adverse impact of brain drain on the healthcare sector due to overworked and undercompensated nurses, resulting in compromised healthcare delivery.

The revised guidelines issued by the NMCN on February 7, 2024, have triggered strong reactions from nurses, who perceive the directive as a violation of their rights and damaging to their profession.

Protests and rallies are being organized in response to the directive, with nurses in Lagos and Abuja planning demonstrations to express their discontent.

In light of these developments, the NANNM and individual state chapters are taking a stand against the NMCN’s directive, expressing concerns about its implications for nurses and emphasizing the need for the government to address the underlying issues driving emigration.

These measures signify the growing discontent and opposition among nurses toward the NMCN’s policies, reflecting the urgent need for resolution and action to safeguard the welfare and rights of nurses in Nigeria.

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