Life - Health & Wellness Updated: March 11, 2023

Health Workers Urge Kwara Government To Level Up Welfare Package

By Felicia Abisola Olamiji
March 11, 2023

The Kwara Chairman of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Alhaji Aminu Shehu, has called on the state government to improve members' welfare packages.

Aminu made the appeal on Saturday in Ilorin on the sideline of a forum addressing the gross shortage of manpower of medical practitioners in the state.

He also urged the state government to employ more health workers that would measure up with the increasing number of patients in public health facilities.

According to him, there are only 700 nurses in the state and for them to be sufficient and efficient in discharging their work, the government must employ 3,000 more and also ensure a better welfare package.

“Last year we mounted pressure on the state government to increase our salary and the governor increased it from 60 per cent to 70 per cent, but didn’t meet our expectations because we demanded for 100 per cent.


“The governor employed more nurses last year, but as he employed they spent some time and leave the service for a better offer.

“We now concluded that the solution to the problem is the increment of salary from 70 per cent to 100 per cent, improve welfare package and payment of hazard allowance.

“We have written to the governor who asked us to bring the number of nurses in the state and the number required to be employed,” he said.

Aminu decried the pathetic situation whereby one nurse attends to about 30 patients in Kwara when it should be one nurse to four patients, saying the development is worrisome.

He further demanded the presence of security operatives at various hospitals in order to checkmate the excesses of some patients and their relatives who sometimes become violent and unruly whenever they lose their loved ones.


The labour leader however appreciated Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for trying to address the plight of health workers in the state.

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Felicia Abisola Olamiji

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