A viral video circulating on the internet has captured nurses in Abuja on Monday, protesting against the new verification certification guidelines released by the Nigeria and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN).
The protest which was carried out within the premises of the NMCN office, also captured the nurses expressing their displeasure over what they described as an attempt to hinder their freedom to pursue career opportunities, demanding the council to address nurses’ welfare, salary scale, shortage of staff, and other rights.
Recall that the NMCN had on February 7, 2024, issued a circular revising the guidelines for requesting verification of certificates for nurses and midwives.
The council had stated that applicants must have an active/practicing license with a minimum of six months to the expiration date, and processing of verification applications would take a minimum of six months. According to the council, the implementation of the guidelines takes effect from March 1, 2024.
However, the nurses and midwives who were protesting at the NMCN office on Monday, sang and carried placards around the premises peacefully with some of the placards reading, “Address unemployment among nurses, address quackery, address nurses welfare.
“#No to verification rules. Stop frustrating the Nigerian nurses, we are going through a lot already, Protect nurses, protect healthcare,.NMCN, we say no to the verification rules,.NMCN, don’t reduce nurses.”
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