The Rivers State Chairperson of the National Association of Nurses and Midwives, Bridget Nwosu has called on the government and donor agencies to provide means of transportation for nurses in the state. This is so they do not risk infecting the public after exposure at the office, or get infected in public vehicles.
Nwosu made the call while speaking to journalists on the different challenges nurses face during the COVID-19, pandemic in the state. She further directed nurses in the state not to attend to patients in hospitals without personal protective equipment.
The Chairperson noted that nurses cannot risk their lives for the sake of others while calling on the government and donor agencies to provide them with PPE. She stated that nurses attend to patients without these PPE, because it is not made available for them to use. So many nurses are currently self isolating in the state for this reason, she confirmed. Bridget equally confirmed that so many patients hide their symptoms and medical history from nurses, which is another way they are been exposed to the virus.
The chairperson furthermore, called for the employment of more nurses as many are self isolating, leading to the shortage of nurses at various hospitals.