Soludo To Employ 500 Health Care Workers

By Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo has concluded plans to employ 500 health care workers as veritable means to addressing issues of dearth of human resource for health in the state health sector.
Disclosing this during the grand finale of the 2023 Nursing Week in Anambra held at the Sen. Uche Ekwunife Event Centre in Awka, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ben Afam Obidike, said the state government would employ about 300 nurses and other health practitioners which include medical doctors, community health extension workers and a host of others, stating that the vacancies had already been advertised.
The Commissioner, who stated that Governor Soludo is nurses friendly, noted that at inception of the present administration, about 138 nurses were employed and that plans had been concluded to employ another 300 nurses.
He said those retiring from active service were getting their pensions and gratuities while those still in service were also getting their promotions and other benefits, adding that within just one year on the saddle, Soludo’s government is employing about 500 nurses.
Obidike was however of the opinion that while the cankerworm called “Japa” syndrome associated with nurses cannot be controlled or curtailed, he said there was need for training and retraining of more nurses to fill up spaces created due to Japa syndrome, retirements and other factors even as he stressed that Anambra State has very good nursing schools, one of which he said is School of Nursing Nkpor in Idemili-North Local Government Area of the state.
Although he disclosed that government is working assiduously on improving salaries and incentives for nurses, he said monetary benefits should not be the focus; rather passion and dedication to duty should be uppermost in the mind of every nurse who sees the nursing profession as a vocation to serve humanity.
He was worried that health care professionals have deviated from the passion to save life first; instead, pecuniary interests have done more harm than good to the medical profession.
He said Florence Nightingale who was the forerunner of modern nursing not only used her own money to establish a nursing school but was also selfless in providing nursing care during her time.
He said such virtue of diligence and selflessness had become a mirage among the present day nurses.

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