Written by Ambrose IMOBHIO

Nurses, midwives protest in Delta over appointments

The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives Delta State branch has protested what they say are ambiguities in some appointments by the Local Government Service Commission.

At a protest led by state chairman and secretary of the body, Comrade Jegede Ikpena and Comrade Okoh F.A, respectively, to the chairman and members of the Delta State Local Government Service Commission Asaba, the nurses and midwives claimed that such appointments do not fall in line with the guidelines of the implementation of Primary Health Care, PHC.

The association complained that the position of executive secretary is not restricted to medical doctors alone as it currently being done in some cases.

It was also their contention that it is on record that in the guideline that other health managers are qualified to hold the position of executive secretary.

They also queried the present arrangement whereby the Local Government Health Authority office is located in local government area secretariat is in contravention of the earlier circular PHA/CS1101T/18 of the Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency.

The body alleged that the present arrangement has now caused intimidation of its members by the Executive Secretaries.

According to the association, executive secretaries, who are currently staffers of the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, are using their opportunities to take over the functions of the PHC coordinators in the local governments who are nurses.

The nurses and midwives directed their members, who are head nurses in Local Government Primary Healthcare Development Agencies to assume the function of signing salary vouchers.

Furthermore, they warned that they are not afraid of moving their services to Delta State Primary Care Health Development Agency, but due process must be maintained, and warned as well that it was opposed to casualization of members.

The chairman, Delta State Local Government Service Commission, Comrade Oyibo Olumani, commended them for their peaceful protest and assured them that all the issues raised by them will be channeled to the state government for necessary action.



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