“In order for families to get the care they needed, nurses must be available to deliver healthcare services.”
Some health personnel at the Surulere Local Government Primary Health Centre, Lagos, on Tuesday identified shortage of nurses as a challenge in the delivery of healthcare services at the centre.
The personnel spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on the sidelines of the Maternal and Neonatal Child Health Week (MNCHW).
The MNCHW is scheduled to hold between May 19 and May 23.
The Local Immunisation Officer of the health centre, Tolulope Baker, said the MNCHW was an opportunity for families to access free healthcare services at the PHC.
Mrs. Baker said that the services required nurses to administer them, but the centre was short of them.
She said that “in order for families to get the care they needed, nurses must be available to deliver healthcare services.
“During the MNCHW, we are going to administer vaccines including BCG, oral polio, childhood vaccines and also give out free mosquito nets.
“Many families take advantage of the free health programmes, so the turnout is usually massive.
“In order to serve these families better, we will need more health officers like nurses, to attend to them,” she said.
The officer urged mothers to attend health programmes that would help them take care of their children.
According to her, when children are well taken care of, they grow well into healthy and responsible adults who will contribute positively to the society.
Also speaking, the Nutrition Officer of the centre, Oluwatoyin Popoola, said that in spite of the shortage of nurses, a lot of mothers still visited the PHC.
She said that the shortage of nurses and doctors discouraged many mothers from visiting these facilities.
“Many mothers say they will rather visit private hospitals to get the care they need, because of the availability of nurses and doctors.
“This is a burden on most of them as they are made to pay a lot of money to get the care they need,” she said.
In his remarks, a General Practitioner, Sobowale Adeola, urged government to improve on the facilities at the PHC for easy healthcare delivery.
Ms. Adeola identified the facilities to include adequate power supply, water supply and health personnel, noting that such would improve healthcare delivery.”More people will access the PHC when they see that these facilities are available at the centre,” he added.