As Ondo State join others worldwide to celebrate this year’s World Health Day in low key, the CEO, Kids & Teens Resource Centre, (K&TRC) Akure, Martin- Mary Falana, a Global Health Advocate has again restated the need to recognize and applaud the critical roles Nurses and Midwives play in keeping the world healthy just as he called for improved welfare for them.
In a statement made available to media men, Mr. Falana said Nurses and other health workers should be commended for being at the forefront of COVID-19 response by providing high quality, respectful treatment to address fears and questions amidst the COVID-19 situation in the country.
Mr. Falana while applauding the Ondo State Government for putting necessary measures in place to combat the spread of the monstrous virus in the state said COVID-19 came as an emergency with no plans in the 2020 budget, thus every very little and huge effort of any government should be commended.
“Today, as we celebrate the World Health Day with the theme “Support Nurses and Midwives” we commend all our healthcare providers in Ondo State. Nurses and Midwives provide a broad range of essential health services, not just to mothers and families, but also to the community. They have essential roles at all levels of health care. Midwifery, where care includes proven interventions for maternal and newborn health as well as for other reproductive health issues, could avert over 80% of all maternal deaths, stillbirths, and neonatal deaths.
7 April 2020 is the day to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives and remind world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy. World Health Day highlights the current status of nursing and midwifery around the world.
This will be vital if we are to achieve national and global targets related to universal health coverage, maternal and child health, infectious and non-communicable diseases including mental health, emergency preparedness and response, patient safety and the delivery of integrated, people-centered care, amongst others”, he added stressing that the kind of commitment and preparedness shown by the government should be sustained to make health systems get better.
He also used the opportunity to call for support from the private sectors and other philanthropic individuals to ensure that nursing and midwifery workforces are strong enough to ensure that everyone, everywhere gets the healthcare they need.