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Nurses task government on malaria
Daily Triumph, South Africa Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Nurses in many hospitals across Africa have asked the government authorities to enforce a monthly environmental sanitation exercise and provide free insecticide treated mosquito nets to the people. Many nurses, recently were given a crash course by the ministry of health of many different illnesses, especially childhood illness reports Daily Triumph.

Nurses in Nasarawa State called on the government authorities to enforce a monthly environmental sanitation exercise and provide free insecticide treated mosquito nets to the people.

The nurses said this became necessary, if the objective of the "role back malaria" programme was to be achieved by 2015.

This was part of a twelve-point communiqué issued today in Lafia, at the end of a two-week refresher course organised for nurses by the Nasarawa state ministry of health.

The workshop, which had its theme as, "The Role of the Nurse in the MDGs," resolved that there should be training on integrated management of childhood illnesses.

They also made a case for the urgent commencement of SERVICOM in all hospitals with emphasis on quality assurance in the nursing profession.

The nurses also stressed the need for a nursing audit unit to evaluate health care and the extent of work done by the nursing staff.

The state commissioner for health, Alhaji Abubakar Dahiru, said government was committed to the development of skilled manpower in the health sector.

Represented by the permanent secretary, Alhaji Musa Dangana, the commissioner urged participants to make use of the knowledge acquired from the course.

In his remark, the Chief Medical Director of the state Hospital Management Board, Dr Thomas Affi, said the essence of the course was to revisit what the nurses learnt in school.

Affi also said the course would keep them abreast of the current trends in practice and the confidence to approach their duties professionally.

He, however, expressed the hope that the refresher course would be a regular event, considering the need to improve health care service in the state.

The Director, State Nursing Service, Mr Iliya Gugu, said the programme was meant to provide high standard nursing care in the practice environment.

Gugu urged participants to reciprocate the gesture of the training, by discharging their duties professionally in their respective areas.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the highpoints of the occasion included the presentation of certificates to participants.

This article was published in the Daily Triumph on Tuesday, July 29, 2008. Please read the original article here.
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