Meaningful investment in nursing is integral to reducing child and maternal mortality.

Health experts have bemoaned the poor state of Nigerian hospitals and nurses’ welfare.

The experts made the call on Wednesday, at this year’s edition of the Nigeria Nursing Awards held in Lagos.

According to them, a meaningful investment in nursing is integral to reducing child and maternal mortality.

Organised by a Non-Governmental Organisation, Centre for Right to Health (CRH), the awards, according to the organisers, was initiated five years ago to reward excellence in the nursing profession.

The organisation’s Executive Director, Dr. Stella Iwuagwu, also identified bad attitude displayed by some nurses, particularly in public hospitals, as partly responsible for poor healthcare delivery in the country.

She added that the programme was borne out of the need to care for nurses and motivate them to do more.

In her address titled, ‘Domestic Violence and the Challenge of Maternal Mortality: The Cross for Health Care Professionals in Nigeria’, Dr. Omolola Irinoye of the Department of Nursing Science at the Obafemi Awolowo University identified domestic violence as a major health challenge that does not enjoy adequate attention.

She said domestic violence could lead to grievous health implications such as: sexual dysfunction; unsafe abortion; foetal injury and death; unwanted pregnancy; pregnancy complication and miscarriage.

She therefore called for the inclusion of domestic violence identification and prevention in the school curriculum.

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