KIU, Western Campus – The leaders of Nurses and Midwives in Uganda, led by Commissioner Hajati Musene have on 21st April met the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Health Dr Diana Atwine (pictured above) to present to her the challenges these categories of health workers are going through in this COVID-19 pandemic.
Nurses and Midwives are in the lead on the frontline of the fight against COVID-19 but have persistently complained of being marginalized, with some people considering only doctors as the relevant healthcare workforce.
The World Health Organization set 2020 as the year of the Nurse and the Midwife in a bid to get leaders to increase investments in the Nurse and Midwifery workforce.
As a result of the meeting, the two sides set up a think-tank which is going to advocate for nurses and midwives in the frontline of this pandemic for effective management.
The Principal Nursing Officer (PNO) for KIU Teaching Hospital Sr Elizabeth Kamahoro thanked the PS and the nurse and midwives’ leadership for this development.
“I thank them (Nurse and Midwives leadership) for their continued leadership and for advocating for us and presenting our challenges. I also thank Dr Atwine for welcoming our leadership,” a beaming Sr Kamahoro said.