Dr. Mrs. C.O. Sowunmi, Associate Professor, Babcock University has called on the federal government to support nurses’ research through adequate funding as a way to improve the health sector.
Dr Sowunmi made the call while speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Nurses’ week of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex Schools of Nursing, Midwifery, and Perioperative Nursing in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
The Associate Professor noted that once there’s adequate funding for nurses’ research, there should be an organizational support to enhance the implementation of evidence for practice.
She also explained that restructuring the Nigerian health sector to conform with global standards remains a challenge for stakeholders adding that previous health care reforms initiated by the government to address the devastating state of the healthcare system in the country have not yielded any positive result.
“Healthcare in Nigeria is witnessing unprecedented challenges and downfalls in the delivery of quality healthcare service. Nigeria’s healthcare industry is ravaged by inadequate health facilities, high health personnel ratios, insufficient effective drugs’ supply, decaying infrastructure, inequity in resource distribution and poor access to healthcare by communities,” she said.
In her remarks, the Director of Nursing Education at the OAUTHC, Mrs. Olubunmi Lawal urged the nurses to follow the dictates of the profession and be committed to saving lives at all time.
The president of the Association, Oyewole Abel said the 2018 Nurses’ week with the theme: Health Care Reform: Nurses’ Impact was chosen with the aim of discussing elaborately the concerns of Nigerians in the Healthcare sector.
The opening ceremony of the one week long 2018 Nurses Week also witnessed the presentation of award of excellence to individuals who have made an impact in their respective fields.