Nurses under the aegis of University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) have called for unity among Nigerians in this trying period when the father of the country is off-color.
In a statement jointly signed by the National President, Chief (Hon.) S.E.O. Egwuenu, and the National Secretary, Nur. G.I. Nshi, the association said: “in families when the father is constrained by health challenges other members unite to keep the family moving”.
“Good enough, our president, being a man that has the interest of the country at heart, properly handed over to his second in command, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, before leaving the Country.
Our obligations as members of this big family, Nigeria, at this material time is to show strong support for our father, President Muhammadu Buhari and our elder brother, Prof. Osibanjo, who is acting on his behalf.
“Our support should be unalloyed, be it morally, physically, socially or spiritually and should reflect in our demeanours and utterances.
The association equally used the opportunity to sue for fixing of the health system of the Country.
“It is awful that despite parading highly endowed healthcare providers, our political leaders do not patronize our healthcare system because nobody wants to fix its structural deficits.
“It is disheartening, to say the least, to perennially see our leaders jet out in droves in search of foreign healthcare that was fixed by other leaders.
“It is high time our leaders learnt from the likes of Nelson Mandela of South Africa and Fidel Castro of Cuba who fixed their country’s health system and were nursed to longevity till death by the same system, without junketing around for medical tourism.
“We hope that our dear President is taking note of what makes the British Health System better than ours and as he returns ‘hale and hearty’ to the country, would summon the political will to fix our own system, make it work and save the country from further “medical tourism” embarrassment- the Nurses said.