Delta state commissioner for health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, has appealed to nurses who are under the volunteer health workers scheme to be patient as the state government is looking into their demand for appointment regularization.
Dr. Ononye made the appeal during a meeting with the volunteer nurses in Asaba on Tuesday.
The health commissioner debunked the rumour making the round that the state government was planning to disengage the services of the nurses under the scheme after serving the state for almost two years, saying that the government of Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa had no intention to do such.
He explained that the volunteer health workers scheme had medical doctors, medical laboratory scientists, laboratory scientists and other health workers under the scheme and that the state government had the intention of engaging some of them if not all.
Similarly, the Delta state head of service, Mr. Reginald Bayoko, has assured the volunteer nurses under that the state government would look into their demand for appointment regularization as permanent staff in the state hospitals management board.
Mr Bayoko gave the assurance in Asaba when members of the volunteer nurses paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Asaba.
The head of service assured the volunteer nurses that he would discuss the issue of appointment regularization with the commissioner for health to find a roadmap for them.
Mr. Bayoko urged the nurses to liaise with their umbrella body, the National Association of Nigerian Nurse and Midwife (NANNM), and put their demand in formal writing to the state government.
He, however, advised the nurses not to put a time frame, thereby putting themselves in under undue tension and unnecessary pressure as it was good for government to “Make haste slowly because of a number of factors. The fact that it may not happen now does not mean it won’t happen at all,” even as he assured the nurses that their demand would receive urgent attention.
The HOS, who commended the nurses for putting in their best and doing a good job, stated that the good report about the work they do in the various hospitals was a plus for the volunteer nurses to get a favourable response from the governor.
One of the leaders of the group, Mrs. Elohor Aka, who spoke on behalf of the group, appreciated Governor Okowa for his SMART Agenda and the giant strides in the infrastructure development of the state pledging their unalloyed support to the governor for his return come 2019.
They appealed to the HOS to use his good office to speak with the state governor to regularize their appointment into the state hospital management board as nurses.