medical expert says Nigeria needs about 800,000 nurses and midwives to meet up with its teeming population of over 200 million people.
He said the computation agreed with the Workload Indicators of Staffing Need, WISN, put in place by the World Health Organisation.
According to the WHO, WISN serves as a roadmap for scaling up human resources for improved health service delivery in the African Region between 2012 and 2025.
It lays emphasis on the availability of sufficient numbers of qualified health workers in the right place as essential for the delivery of quality health services to the population.
WISN also drew global attention to the critical shortage of skilled health professionals such as physicians, nurses and midwives in 57 African countries.
In an interview with PUNCH HealthWise, President of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Adeniji Abdrafiu,said the shortage of manpower has left a large vacuum in the health sector.