Ebola: Nurses urge President Buhari to honour dead colleagues



The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to honour three of its members killed by Ebola while working to combat the spread of the deadly disease in 2014.

The President of the association, Alhaji AbdulRafiu Adeniji, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

He said the presidential honour would boost the morale of their members across the country.

He said Ebola had claimed the lives of a doctor and three nurses, who were doing their best to avoid the spread of the  disease.

"Unfortunately today, it was only the doctor that the Federal Government recognized.’’

"The federal government should not be lopsided in remembering people who were hero of the Ebola,’’ adding that success in the health sector was always team work.

Adeniji said the  country was saved from the ravaging disease by sacrifices made by health workers across the country.  He also stated that such workers' families deserved adequate recognition and compensation.

The president of the nurses also said that in countries like Senegal, health workers who died while trying to save life of Ebola victims had their salaries paid to their families until their year of retirement is attained.

"With this, the loss to the families of the deceased health worker are minimised,’’ he said.

He also assured President Buhari of the Association’s support to enable him achieve his administration's set goals in the health sector.

He urged members of the association to remain dedicated and put in their best in alleviating suffering and bringing comfort to  sick persons.

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