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Abuja Nurses Protest New Certificate Verification Guidelines

The nurses expressed their displeasure over what they described as a violation of their rights and an attempt to stifle them from seeking better job opportunities.


A health worker prepares a dose of Chinese-made Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine in Belgrade Fair turned into a vaccination centre, on February 4, 2021. Inside the dome of Belgrade's fairgrounds, dozens of nurses in protective suits inject Covid-19 jabs into young and old alike, working with an efficiency that has turned Serbia into continental Europe's fastest vaccinator. The small Balkan country has inoculated more than 450,000 of its seven million population in almost two weeks, a rate that exceeds all countries in Europe outside the United Kingdom, according to the scientific publication Our World in Data. Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP
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Nurses in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, are protesting the new verification certification guidelines released by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.

The nurses marched to the headquarters of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives in Abuja to express their displeasure over what they described as a violation of their rights and an attempt to stifle them from seeking better job opportunities.

Addressing the protesters, the Registrar of the Council, Faruk Abubakar, assured the nurses that their complaints would be addressed as soon as possible.

The Council had on February 7, 2024, issued a circular revising the guidelines for requesting the verification of certificates for nurses and midwives.

The Council is mandated by law to regulate the standards of nursing and midwifery education and practice in Nigeria and to review such standards from time to time to meet the changing health needs of the society.