The National Association of Perioperative Nurses (NAPON) has stated that the lack of perioperative nurses in the country’s health sector had affected the management of surgical patients.
The National Chairman of the association, Adeyeni Babatunde, has stated this during the 2nd Annual National Executive Council meeting of NAPON in Umuahia.
“In most hospitals, the job meant for at least six perioperative nurses is done by either two or three perioperative nurses.
“The situation seems to be degenerating because most perioperative nurses are retiring and the retired ones are yet to be replaced in the various health facilities across the nation.
“We implore the relevant agencies to ensure that more perioperative nurses are employed, so that operating theatres will be manned by skilled perioperative nurses.
“They should sponsor our willing members who are interested in specialising in perioperative nursing; this will help to solve the problem of shortage of manpower,” Babatunde said.