False Allegation against Nurses
Special Adviser to Kaduna State Government
“disconnection of oxygen supply of a two-month old baby in incubator on Monday, 17th May, 2021”.
The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) is a professional cum Trade Union Association affiliated to Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC). The Association strongly frowns at the false allegation leveled against innocent Nurses/Midwives by the Special Adviser to Kaduna State Government with respect to claimed “report from Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital disclosed that some identified nurses disconnected the oxygen supply of a two-month old baby in an incubator on Monday 17th May, 2021.
The names of the three nurses from the Special Baby Care Unit (SBCU) who were involved in this despicable act have been forwarded to the Ministry of Justice to initiate prosecution for attempted murder or murder in the event we lost the baby” the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication, asserted.
The Association condemns in strong terms this false allegation which has not been investigated nor verified by the Speaker before making a concluded statement. This has to be investigated further, as the allegation lacks any evidence or facts and calls for questions:
Who generated this report from Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital.
Who are these three Nurses from the Special Baby Care Unit (SBCU)?
Where is the list of such Nurses?
Which section of the Ministry of Justice is handing or concerned the prosecution the matter?
Where is the corpse of this baby claimed to have died?
Why this is false allegation needs urgent attention is that the second leg of the Special Adviser’s statement is that the Ministry of Health will dismiss all Nurses below GL 14 for going on an unlawful strike, which the Kaduna State Government needs to refute (if Government has not taken side).
It is painful to note that on Thursday 22nd April 2021, two Nurses were kidnapped while on Night duty at Idon Rural Hospital, rather than the Government to show empathy and concern for the whereabouts of these two Nurses, the family and the leadership of the Association, what our members experience are intimidation, victimization, attacks, threats here and there.
This unpopular approach to issues should stop as it does not tell good of any responsible government.
The Nurses have become endangered species for no reason of their own but action of those who do not see reason to value the indispensable responsibilities of the Nurses and Midwives in the health care delivery system.
In the mist of all odds, where the safety and security of Nurses and Midwives are no longer guaranteed especially in Kaduna State, the Association hereby notifies the Federal Government and the general public that:
The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) is affiliated to Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and remains one entity.
No professional Nurse or Midwife/member of the noble Association can be involved with disconnection of oxygen supply to any patient regardless of age, sex, race, ethnicity, religion or any human consideration.
All professional Nurses and Midwives have passion for medical care of individuals, families, communities and the Nigeria Nation.
Any form of pugnacious attack on NLC leadership/Nigeria workers is condemned in its entirety.
Any form of maltreatment, attacks, victimization, kidnapping, sack or dismissal of any Nurse/Midwife remains unacceptable and totally condemned.
Involvement of Nurses/Midwives in the 3-Day peaceful protest embarked upon by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) should not attract any punishment or victimization now or later.
Kaduna State Government should be held responsible for any harm or maltreatment including loss of job affecting Nurses/Midwives in Kaduna.
Any responsible government would have concern for her workers and the welfare of citizens.
The Association appreciates the Federal Government’s intervention through the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to preserve the lives of defenseless workers.
United we stand.
Nnachi Michael E.