World Health Organisation (WHO)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Office in Nigeria, Abuja on Tuesday appreciated the contribution of front-line health workers fighting the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world.

The UN health agency applauded the workers in its official twitter account @WHONigeria to commemorate the World Health Day.

The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every April 7, under the sponsorship of the WHO, as well as other related organisations.

WHO declared 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife; and the day has been set aside to celebrate the work of these amazing group of caregivers


“On this year’s World Health Day, as front-line health workers lead the charge against the COVID-19 pandemic, WHO appreciate their role,’’ it said.

The twitter page quoted Dr Fiona Braka, Officer-in-Charge of WHO in Nigeria, as saying “ Today, I join other WHO family members to appreciate the life-saving roles of nurses and midwives.

“Nurse mobility and migration must be effectively and ethically managed.

“Presently, over 80 per cent of the world’s nurses are in countries that account for half the global population.

“In low-and lower-middle-income countries globally, the number of nurses is not keeping pace with population growth.

“Survey from 39 countries in the African Region shows a slight increase in the number of nurses and midwives from 1.02 per 1000 people in 2005 to 1.06 in 2018.”

It lauded nurses, midwives and all health workers worldwide for fighting day and night to keep others safe from COVID-19.