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Kwara Nurses Embark On Strike Over Lack Of Protective Wear

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Nurses and Midwives in Kwara state have embarked on strike over lack of protective wears Coronavirus pandemic in the state.

Kwara Nurses Embark On Strike Over Lack Of Protective Wear

The nurses under the aegis of National Association of Nurses and Midwives berated the state government over the poor working condition they are subjected to.

Speaking during their protest in the hospital premises, the health workers lamented that the state government did not provide personal protective equipment for them in the accident and emergency units as well as other units despite the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

The nurses also said they worked two shifts of 10-14 hours daily without provision of call food or allowances as being provided for some other health workers.

The auditor of the association, Funke Alo, added that designated pick-up points for workers on duty were few, which made workers go through stress before finding their way.

While accusing the government and top management of disregarding their letter where they pointed out their challenges and the risk involved in the course of their work, the protesting health workers vowed not to resume work until the issues were addressed.

She said, “The nurses are working under a risky condition in this hospital. Those at the Accident and Emergency ward are not given the Personal Protective Equipment to protect them against the danger of contracting coronavirus which we has now crept into the state and we are not also paid hazard allowance as it is done in other states.

Adelowo Adegboyega
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