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Dear Gov. Tambuwal: Nurses Are NOT Medical Technicians by dmanj: 2:43pm On Jun 17, 2016
Sir, Permit me to use the
nursingworldnigeria.com website to
appreciate your kind gesture at the recent
increment in allowances for NYSC members
serving in your state, Sokoto.
You showed great magnanimity towards
medical doctors by increasing their allowance
from N36000 to N50,000. With this new
initiative by your governemnt, even
pharmacists would now smile home with
N25,000 up from the N19,000 they
previously earned.
According to you sir, graduates of lab
science and other MEDICAL TECHNICIANS
LIKE NURSES are now entitled to a monthly
stipend of N15,000 up from the current
N9,000 they were earning from the state
Sir, My first reaction to your
grouping of nurses as MEDICAL
TECHNICIANS was to laugh it off and totally
ignore it but on second thought, I decided
keeping silent would be unwise and i would
unwittingly be lending credence to your
innocent 'demeaning categorization' of
nurses as technicians.
For the records sir,'medical technician’ is a
broad term that encompasses a number of
important careers in the healthcare industry.
In Nigeria these group of careers are
referred to as medical technicians: operation
theatre technicians, echo technicians, lab
technicians, pharmacy technicians,
environmental health technicians, community
health technicians, medical darkroom
technicians, x-ray technicians, dental
technicians, biomed technicians, anaesthetic
technicians, optometric technicians, EEG
technicians etc their jobs can involve tasks
such as utilizing equipment that provides the
latest life-saving medical treatments for
patients in need. Duties may involve the
utilization of diagnostic equipment to
produce images that allow physicians to
diagnose and effectively treat a host of
ailments. In addition to the responsibility of
running medical equipment, medical
technicians can also perform administrative
duties that include organizing patient charts
and making sure records are accurate and up
to date. Sir, we are all human and every one can
make an innocent mistake as we are not
infallable. Even the president at one point in
time referred to Germany as “West Germany”
whereas Germany ceased to be West
Germany in 1990. You would agree with me
at this point that nurses are not medical
I am sincerely worried that your
categorization of nurses as 'medical
technicians' may have guided your decision
on what they should earn as remuneration in
this new policy you plan to implement.
I dont mean to disparage any professional
course but i must highlight the fact that all
these technician courses you grouped nurses
with are all run on national diploma (ND) and
higher national diploma (HND) basis in
colleges of health tech at a maximum
duration of 3 years. Could this be a factor
your considered when you deemed it
befitting that they earn N15,000?
According to the NUC benchmark and
minimum academic standard for
pharmaceutical sciences, Pharmacist spend
five years in the university and graduate with
a bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm), Nurses
also spend 5 years in the university and
graduate with a bachelor of Nursing science
(BNSc) in addition to multiple diplomas in
Nursing, Midwifery, public health etc. Am at a
loss as to the yardstick used to determine
that corper pharmacists should earn N25000
and nurses N15,000 whereas both spend
same 5 years in the university and graduate
with bachelors degree.
Sir, you must take a stand and stop this day
light robbery which even continues even after
youth service as these same pharmacy
graduates after NYSC are placed on CONHESS
09 (Grade level 10) after internship with all
its attendant practical experience and
financial emoluments while nurses are denied
internship opportunities and aberrantly
placed on CONHESS 07 (Grade level 08)
Nurses spend more time at the patients
bedside, they work under inhumane
conditions in the wards. They are
overworked and underpaid. What an
aberration and travesty of justice. I urge you
sir to revisit this new policy and ensure that
NYSC nurses in the employ of sokoto state
earn remunerations commensurate with the
load they carry at work.
In November 2015, you ordered the
immediate reabsorbtion of 50 Sure-p
midwives and nurses into the sokoto primary
healthcare agency after the federal
government had ordered the winding down of
SURE-P. We need you to stand up for us and
take a stand. Nurses are not medical
technicians and we deserve better.
I trust you would do the needfull
Jude Chiedu writes for

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Re: Dear Gov. Tambuwal: Nurses Are NOT Medical Technicians by mofayodeyahoo: 3:23pm On Jun 17, 2016
Re: Dear Gov. Tambuwal: Nurses Are NOT Medical Technicians by dmanj: 4:28pm On Jun 17, 2016

How proper is it to copy an 'IGNORANT' man? 'him no suppose copy bad thing'.
However, I think in the context Sen Ali Ndume made that remarks, he wasn't referring to a Professional Nurse.

lasca... pls move this post to fp for the sake of the masses and to correct the demeaning impression the Gov gave when he made that statement.

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