Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, on Wednesday commended the Nigerian Health Workers for their outstanding gallantry in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Mr Ngige gave the commendation in a goodwill message to the President of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, NANNM, Abdulrafiu Adetunji on the occasion of the 2020 World Health Day Celebration in Abuja.
According to him, the World Health Organisation has dedicated this year’s World Health Day to the Nursing Profession with a theme , “ Support Nurses and Midwives,” in view of their critical role in battle against the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
The minister said the account of the battle on COVID-19 would be incomplete without the gallant roles of the healthcare professionals -doctors, nurses, midwives, Lab. Tech and Allied Health Professionals.
“They are the bulwark, the frontline soldiers in the war against the enemy, the Coronavirus and its attendant disease condition -COVID-19,” he said.
Mr Ngige recalled that the circumstances in which the Nurses and Midwives operated to save lives, exposed them to numerous health hazards and in some cases, death and noted the appropriateness of the theme of this year’s celebration.
He further paid tributes to the efforts of the members of the union in fighting the pandemic in Nigeria.
The minister urged them not to relent in the various battles of the war, especially in the epicenter of the pandemic in Lagos, FCT and other states of the federation.
He, however, assured them of the continued support of the Federal Government, and prayed God to protect them.