The Cross River Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu, on Tuesday, referred to as on the Federal Government to urgently strengthen the nation’s well being system.
Edu made the decision in Calabar whereas commemorating the World Health Day 2020.
The World Health Day is a world well being consciousness day celebrated yearly on April 7 below the sponsorship of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in addition to different associated organisations with the theme: “Support Nurses and Midwives”
She stated, “It is time for us as a nation to enhance the well being system as an entire, to make it extra useful.’’
According to her, the current state of affairs of the world is a chance to extend the notice of well being points throughout the nation.
“Fifteen per cent of the nation’s whole price range ought to go to the well being sector and it’s also necessary for us to extend the variety of well being staff now we have on floor.
“For Cross River, a lot of work is ongoing like sensitisation in border communities, compulsory use of face mask by all residents of the state and the provision of health services to people who need them,” Edu stated.
On the theme of the commemoration, the commissioner stated that nurses and midwives must be supported.
In her comment, Dr Jacinta Okoi-Obuli, Consultant Pediatrician on the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, (UCTH), stated that as a nation, we have to take a look at methods of bettering the companies and variety of our nurses.
Okoi-Obuli stated that nurses and midwives have been the backbones of well being companies as a result of they ensured that each instruction by the medical doctors was carried out.
“Without the nurses and midwives, we can not obtain the worldwide goal of common well being protection of maternal and baby well being, prevention of communicable and non- communicable ailments, together with COVID-19.
“As a nation, we have to take a look at the parity of pay of the nurses within the federal and state ranges as a result of these on the states usually are not nicely paid. We want to have a look at parity within the pay throughout board.
“The health workers should be given preferential treatment because they are the soldiers of the country for now, not the Army, Navy or Air Force,” she stated.