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* News / World Health Organization revokes appointment of Mugabe as Goodwill Ambassador by Idowu Olabode: Today at 03:59:54 PM
The World Health Organization has rescinded its appointment of Robert Mugabe, the longtime president of Zimbabwe, to a “goodwill ambassador” role.

WHO Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus, known as Tedros, said in a statement Sunday morning that he had “listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns” before making his decision.



The appointment had provoked global head-scratching and outrage because of Mugabe’s track record of human rights abuses, including violent crackdowns on political dissent, which have earned Zimbabwe international sanctions.

The outcry rocketed around the world after this week’s announcement and seemed centered around one primary point: Can you be a “goodwill ambassador” if the world widely regards you as a violent, tyrannical despot?

Tedros, an Ethiopian who this year became the first African to hold the director general post,
made the announcement earlier this week at a Uruguay conference on noncommunicable diseases, saying Mugabe would be an advocate for fighting diseases such as cancer and diabetes in Africa.

Tedros had described Mugabe’s Zimbabwe as “a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the center of its policies” and told attendees that Mugabe could use the role “to influence his peers in his region” on the issue.

The Noncommunicable Diseases Alliance — representing a lot of the other people at the conference where Mugabe’s appointment was announced — immediately condemned the move.

NCD members were “shocked and deeply concerned to hear of this appointment, given President Mugabe’s long track record of human-rights violations and undermining the dignity of human beings,” the alliance said in a statement. “While we support WHO and Dr. Tedros in their ambition to drive the NCD agenda forward, we are unable to recognise President Mugabe as a champion for NCDs.”

The appointment “embarrasses” WHO and its director, said Iain Levine, program director for Human Rights Watch.

In a statement to the Associated Press, the U.S. State Department said “this appointment clearly contradicts the United Nations ideals of respect for human rights and human dignity.”

The unofficial response on Twitter was just as strong: “Who next, Kim Jong Un?” quipped one person, referring to the despotic leader of North Korea.

Hillel Neuer, the executive director of United Nations Watch and a human rights activist, wrote: “Shame on you, @WHO, for legitimizing brutal tyrant Mugabe, who devastated the health system of Zimbabwe & flies abroad for his health care.”

On Sunday, a representative from Zimbabwe’s government told a news organization that it respected Tedros’s decision to withdraw Mugabe’s appointment.

But the representative, Foreign Minister Walter Mzembi, told state broadcaster ZBC that Mugabe’s worldwide name recognition had already brought a lot of international attention to noncommunicable diseases.

“WHO ... has benefited tremendously from its decision in nominating President Mugabe to lead the fight against NCDs through media amplification of WHO itself, and curiosity by the general public on what really are NCDs, by tagging the name Mugabe to the debate,” he said. “On a name-recognition scale, this name beats them all.”

Many of the critics of Mugabe’s appointment found it odd that a man accused of destroying Zimbabwe’s health-care system is now speaking out on global health issues.

As the New York Times wrote in 2009, a delegation from Physicians for Human Rights “found that the Mugabe regime destroyed the country’s healthcare system and pursued policies that ruined what had been a vibrant agriculture, depriving all but a tiny elite of proper nutrition, water, and a sustainable livelihood. One result has been a cholera epidemic and the spread of other diseases.”

The hospitals in Zimbabwe have gotten so bad, many have said, that Mugabe flies to other countries for medical treatment.

A 2008 U.S. diplomatic cable obtained by WikiLeaks said Mugabe was battling prostate cancer, according to Reuters. The cable said his physician urged him to step down from office to heal.

He celebrated his 90th birthday in a Singaporean health clinic. On state television, officials said he was “as fit as a fiddle” and that the out-of-country visit was for a long overdue cataract surgery. But he spoke slowly and had a “puffy” appearance, according to Reuters, adding to the rumors.

Goodwill ambassadors hold little power but usually travel the world, using their celebrity to champion their organizations’ key issues. Ricky Martin and Shakira have been goodwill ambassadors for UNICEF, for example. And Mugabe was slated to replace former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

But it’s not unheard of for goodwill ambassadors to have their positions taken away.

Wonder Woman was fired as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, for example, after an outcry that a woman in skimpy clothing who solves most of her problems with violence wasn’t a good role model for girls.

Source :https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/10/21/robert-mugabe-under-sanction-for-human-rights-abuses-is-named-a-who-goodwill-ambassador/?utm_term=.06c77a8654f5
* News / Enugu State Releases Fund for Accreditation of School of Nursing and Midwifery by Idowu Olabode: Today at 03:48:20 PM
The Enugu State Government has released an undisclosed sum for the accreditation of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Awgu, and School of Public Health, Nsukka.
 
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Fintan Ekochin, made this known in an interview with the Nigerian Pilot on Friday in Enugu.
 
Ekochin, who did not disclose the amount released for the accreditation, noted that full activities in the institutions would begin as soon as the accreditation was concluded.
 
“The state government is eager to revive the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Awgu that was closed down for some years now due to non-accreditation for resumption and regular academic activities.
 
“The non-accreditation has affected the students of the school from advancing academically.
 
“Also, the government has provided funding for the construction and refurbishing work at the School of Public Health in Nsukka, to get ready for its accreditation as well,’’ he said.
 
According to him, the re-accreditation will enable young people that have decided to be health workers to realise their dreams, get their licences and certifications; thus, becoming breadwinners for their families.
 
“The Gov. IfeanyiUgwuanyi of Enugu State is delighted that these two health institutions are coming back to life,’’ he said.
 
Ekochin, however, noted that the government was working towards ensuring that the state produced quality manpower to sustain its comprehensive healthcare delivery in the state.
 
“The governor is paying great attention to healthcare, especially the free maternal and infant healthcare services currently running in the state.
 
“We are planning on how to get the best to ensure that the free maternal and infant healthcare will continue to remain a huge success in the state,’’ he said.
 
Source: Nigeria Pilot News
* News / West African Health Practitioners Capacity Building Program Ends in Ghana by Idowu Olabode: Today at 02:07:44 PM
This year’s Management Development Institute training programme for managers and leaders of health care organisation in West Africa has ended with a call on participants to use the knowledge acquired to improve health care delivery.

Speaking at the closing ceremony in Accra hosted by the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Prof Franklyn Manu, Former Rector of the Institute extolled the participants for their determination and commitment for a successful completion of the programme.



The week-long training programme, which started from October 16 to 21 brought together 51 participants from Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Uganda.

The programme was funded by Johnson and Johnson, a health manufacturing product in Africa in collaboration with the International School of Management in Senegal, the African Medical and Research Foundation, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, Global Business School Network and ISM.

Prof Manu emphasised the importance of collaboration in the sub-region to strategise and come out with solutions to health related problems.

“It was time Africans placed priority on health care delivery and the need to own and invest in such training programmes by sponsoring it instead of always relying on development partners for support”, he added.

He urged the participants to be Ambassadors of change and share their experiences at their various countries to improve health care delivery.

Prof Duku Osei, the Deputy Rector of GIMPA said the Institute had established itself as one of the best institutions in development training, especially in the public and health sectors, and would continue to create a conducive environment for the training programme to gain roots and become sustainable.

He acknowledged the proposal to include advocacy in the course modules and as well increase the numbers of participants in subsequent programmes, pledging to table the proposals to the authorities for discussions.

He said discussions must be centered on responding to disaster preparedness and emergency management as a way of addressing any unforeseen situation instead of waiting for the situation to happen before responding.

Professor Anthony Mawuli Sallar, the Regional Director of West African Management Development Institute said the Institute had 225 applications for the programme of which 51 participants were selected.

The objective of the programme was to provide various Ministries of health with the needed management and leadership training to implement their shared national health priorities in their respective countries.

Participants were treated to topics such as; human resource management, health system information, social marketing, project management, ethics and corruption among others.

Dr Hamza Bawumia, the Class President, thanked all stakeholders for the opportunity, adding that, the programme had added more knowledge to their ideas and pledged to impart the knowledge gained to improve health delivery services in their various countries.

Certificates and gifts were presented to the participants while participants from Ghana presented a plaque to Prof Sallar to appreciate his contribution towards the success of the programme.

GNA
* Nursing Jobs / We are Recruiting Registered Nurses to UK Hospitals by HealthCare73: Today at 12:49:03 PM
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Get set go for LONDON - NHS trust ( Goverment trust)

We are offering you following::

1. Salary - £21,909 - £28,462 p.a.
2. Flight ticket to London
3. Visa expenses
4. 6 months of accomodation
5. Tier 2 - Dependent visa
6. NMC Registration Fees
7. OSCE Exam Registration + Tution for the same.
8. NHS Health Surcharge

We need nurses with following requirements:

1. Bachelor's In Nursing
2. IELTS - 6.5 ( minimum 6.5 in each module)
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(Note: We can start the procedure for Nurses to fly to London and the entire process will take 4-5 months of time, You will be required to reappear for IELTS and get 7 for NMC registration! )

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We are not charging any fees as it is fully sponsored by UK Goverment NHS Trust.
The whole process will be held under the observation of Goverment of UK.



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* News / A Look into the Travails of Nurses in Kenya by STELLAR MURUMBA by Idowu Olabode: Today at 11:33:14 AM
“Imagine one nurse dealing with 150 psychotic patients most of who are male, murderers and brought in under maximum security in police cuffs…”

“Patients would sometime turn to nurses and beat them and do nasty things… I was once beaten by my patients. We reported but nothing happens.


Nurses worldwide may well be the unsung heroes of the medical field — they not only provide care for those hospitalised, but also execute tasks few others are willing to do under the immense pressure of the profession.



From giving injections, handling doctors’ prescriptions, dealing with psychotic patients, bed-bathing some, to soothing irate patients’ kin, their tasks are numerous and indispensable.

Despite this important role, many nurses take home a measly pay.

From 2008, nurses in Kenya -- who are now more than 26,000 but still short of the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended ratio of numbers relative to the population -- have been fighting for better terms.

This fight for increased pay and better working conditions has driven them to down their tools.

As many of their counterparts in the first world look forward to waking up to serving yet another patient, Kenyan nurses have been on strike for months.

“If I was a little wiser earlier in my 30s I would not have continued with nursing,” Ms Agnes Munderu, 52, told the Business Daily in an interview.

I cannot continue sacrificing my wellbeing for a government that has no respect for its workers.”

Ms Munderu quit her job in August last year and later retired in March to fight for the nurses’ rights away from the systems for “fear of intimidation by the government.”

She is the treasurer of the Kenya National Union of Nurses (Knun) and has practised since 1993, when she started with a salary of Sh2,700.

The mother of two, and who has three grandchildren, took an early retirement saying the pressure was too much and frustrations were taking a toll on her.

When she decided to call it quits, her salary for the 23 years in practice in Job Group K had risen to Sh40,000.


Better life


All these years, she has been at the forefront fighting for a better life for nurses.

“I have been at the forefront fighting for nurses’ rights since 1993. I have been suspended, interdicted, jailed because of that and never for once because of failing to report to work,” she said.

Until her resignation, she was a senior nurse at the Mathari National Teaching and Referral Hospital, the only public psychiatric facility in the country.

The facility, according to Ms Munderu, is highly understaffed with wanting working conditions.

This is confirmed by the then hospital head Dr Julius Ogato, who told the last National Assembly’s Health Committee before the August 8 General Election that the facility is overstretched as it cannot turn away patients referred there for psychiatric evaluation and treatment by government departments.

Dr Ogato said the hospital had a bed capacity of 250 and an average occupancy rate of 200 per cent, meaning it was operating with double the number of patients it should have.

“By the time I left the hospital one year ago, a ward with a 50 bed capacity could hold more than 100 patients under the care of one nurse,” said Ms Munderu.

Beaten by patients


“Imagine one nurse dealing with 150 psychotic patients most of who are male, murderers and brought in under maximum security in police cuffs…”

“Patients would sometime turn to nurses and beat them and do nasty things… I was once beaten by my patients. We reported but nothing happens. Very little is done. This is what it means when nurses are fighting for good working conditions.”

In a psychiatric facility, the recommended nurses to patient ratio should be 1:10 but in Mathari Hospital it’s 1:150 patients, according to Ms Munderu.

Nurses have been neglected, she laments.

It is now more than 120 days since the nationwide nurses’ strike started, but she says “nobody seems to understand what nurses do.”

The Kenya Healthcare Workforce Report shows the current ratio of practicing nurses to the population is at 8.3 per 10,000, way below WHO recommended limit of 25 nurses per 10,000.

Official records further show Kenya has 51,649 registered nurses below 60 years of age but only 31,896 are active in hospitals.

The data shows that a Kenyan nurse is exposed to working overtime and at least three times more than a nurse in South Africa or America.

Meet demands


Ms Munderu, a Nakuru Medical Training College alumni, says her salary could not meet her needs.

Therefore, instead of going home after a day’s work at the government facility, she would do locum — fees paid to a health worker hired on a temporary basis — in other hospitals in order to meet her household’s expenditures.

“We could stay even for a week before seeing our children as we were running from one hospital to another to earn a decent living.”

Nurses in the same Job Group who resided in Nairobi, Kiambu received a house allowance of Sh10,000, risk allowance of Sh3,850, commuter allowance of Sh4,000, uniform allowance of Sh10,000 annually and leave allowance of Sh6,000 once a year.

The current CBA proposes the lowest house allowance of Sh12,000 and the highest of Sh72,000.

On July 23, 2013 Knun signed a deal with the Health ministry where the government was to follow up the implementation of a scheme of service and the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for nurses.

The two would later in the same month start talks and agreed to complete the exercise within 30 days.

Concluded in 2014


Negotiations were concluded in April, 2014 but are yet to be implemented.

Knun general-secretary, Seth Panyako said the Office of the Attorney-General advised against implementing the CBA in the form it was as it would only be legally applicable to employees of the national government.

“The AG said it would disadvantage nurses in the county governments who employ majority of nurses beside the unnecessary litigation but it could have been reworded,” Mr Panyako told the Business Daily in an interview at his Uchumi House office.

This, he said, followed a strike notice on September 1, 2014 after government’s refusal to sign and facilitate registration of the nurses CBA in court.

The continuous CBA negotiations led to new proposed harmonised salaries across all job groups, with the highest paid nurse asking for Sh874,500 net salary inclusive of 40 per cent remunerative allowances.

The lowest nurse in the proposal is to get Sh29,800 inclusive of allowances.

“Nurses’ demands sum up to Sh7.8 billion per year for the 25,000 union members against the Sh8.2 billion that doctors were given to cater for the roughly 4,000 of them,” said Panyako.

As the crisis in the public health sector deepens even after clinical officers resumed their strike last week over delayed salaries, unpaid internship and “unfair” job evaluation by the Salaries and Remunerations Commission (SRC), the county governments are still unyielding on the nurses’ demands.

The Council of Governors (CoG) chairman Josphat Nanok has said some of the nurses’ demands cannot be met due to budgetary constraints.

'Bad faith'


“As a matter of fact the nurses’ strike is illegal. It is notable that the nurses went on strike while the negotiations on their CBA were taking place.

This was an act in bad faith,” said Mr Nanok.

Mr Nanok, who is also the Turkana County governor, went ahead to ask counties to advertise the positions of nurses who will have not returned to work and their salaries stopped.

A week before the August 8 polls, the nurses rejected the last offer by the governors to end their strike against another offer to release their July salaries and allowances.

This is even after an August 28 meeting to review the CBA by CoG and Knun officials, which reached new agreements.

“As at August 30, the union had reduced her demands to the lowest minimums just to allow for a final agreement with government register the CBA and have nurses resume work,” said Mr Panyako.

“During the last meeting the union dropped two previously agreed allowances; call allowance of Sh10,000 per month and a monthly responsibility allowance of Sh5,000.”

Mr Panyako added: “The union also dropped the extraneous allowance of Sh5,000 and has settled to a bare minimum of proper grading structure, health risk structure and uniform allowance.”

Other allowances reduced include; health risk allowance of Sh15,400, Uniform allowance of Sh50,000 per year, which they agreed could be paid out in phases.

'Historical injustices'


Ms Munderu says that nurses are still facing historical injustices basically because doctors are seen to be more superior.

“Is it because these government officials interact more with doctors in their private clinics and nurses take care of the weak who cannot come to our rescue?” she pondered.

“When we went on strike in 2013, I was among those who were arrested and locked in Kilimani Police Station for a night and when my girls got the news they celebrated – they hoped I would finally stop fighting for the nurses’ rights… but, aluta continua.”

Source :http://www.businessdailyafrica.com
* Nursing Jobs / Florence Home Care Service in Need of 200 Nurses in UAE, Salary of P98,000 by katty: Today at 06:53:05 AM
Florence Home Health Care Center is a home healthcare company introduced to UAE community in early 2014. It is duly registered and licensed by the HEALTH Authority Abu Dhabi to give quality services to clients in need of home care services. It commits to help and serve clients with utmost RESPECT, DIGNITY and EQUALITY.

Florence Home Care Center is looking for nurses based in the Philippines who are interested in working in UAE without.

Requirements
Female candidates only
Must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Must have 2 years post registration clinical experience
HAAD passer (they will assist if not yet)
Not more than 35 years old


Fringe Benefits
 Salary Offer 5,000AED or around Php70,000
1.25% O.T. pay per hour (up to 7000AED or around Php98,000)
Free Accommodation
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1 Month Paid Annual Leave
No Placement fees
   
Method of Application

To apply for this post send your CV to:
Kaye Lladones – HR Manager
Mobile No.: +971 55 276 5855
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* News / Pakistan: Student Nurses Allege Sexual Harassment by Idowu Olabode: October 22, 2017, 09:58:27 PM
Trainee nurses of Ghulam Muhammad Mahar Medical College Teaching Hospital accused fellow male colleagues of sexual harassment.

In a letter written by a group of trainee nurses to health officials, they alleged they were under pressure as accountants of the hospital were demanding sexual favours in return for their salaries and stipend.

They said their salaries had been held by said officers for more than six month because the nurses refused their sexual advances.

They also claimed most of the trainee nurses had left their training as a result of the sexual harassment by the officials.

They alleged that the hospital’s administration had not acted on their complaints.

A number of the trainee nurses had attempted to die by suicide due to the coercion and stress, the letter stated.

The nurses appealed Sindh government and Chief Justice of Pakistan to investigate and resolve the issue.

Source : Pakistan Daily Times
* News / Kenya: Why Nurses' strike is taking too long to End by Idowu Olabode: October 22, 2017, 09:53:15 PM
Insincerity, blame games, show of might and threats have been blamed for lack of progress in talks to resolve a four-month impasse between nurses and their employer.

Services have for the past couple of months ground to a halt in hospitals across the country, pushing patients, especially pregnant women, in some border counties to seek help in neighbouring countries.



Even so, nurses have remained adamant that county and national governments must first honour a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) before any of the caregivers can set foot in the public hospitals.

At the receiving end of this protracted tug-of-war are thousands of patients who have gone for months without services.

HEALTH CRISIS

The number of mothers dying from complications of child birth has doubled.

Children have not been vaccinated and diseases that were once under control have begun to rear their ugly heads.

This year will go down in history as one that endured the worst public health crisis in Kenya’s history.

For most of this year, public health facilities across the country have been closed.

This is after the year opened with a doctors’ strike that paralysed activities in most public hospitals and, after this was resolved, nurses and other health workers started a series of work boycotts.

DEVOLUTION

Following the devolution of health, the national government when approached to address the health workers’ dispute has always said “health is 100 per cent devolved”.

County governments have insisted that they be given full control over health.

Four years later, the health sector is in a shambles due to delays in procuring essential goods and services and misuse of funds allocated to healthcare.

But it is probably difficulties in payment of salaries leading to continued industrial unrest and under-performance across the board that has dealt the country’s health system its biggest blow.

PAY

Soon after doctors were able to finally resume duty following three months of holding a hard-line stance, nurses and clinical officers downed their tools, demanding that the government treats them equally.

The nurses said it was unfair to pay doctors “400 per cent of what they ask for” while downgrading them.

But no sooner had the clinical officers’ strike began gaining momentum than it was called off.

Always seen as the more humane of the 17 cadres of health professionals, the estimated 7,000 officers called off their two-week strike after signing a return-to-work formula with the Health Ministry and governors.

“We are not going back to work because we are happy, but because this is the beginning of having our issues addressed,” secretary general of the Kenya Union of Clinical Officers George Gibore said while signing the document.

NURSES STRIKE
But it has been the nurses’ strike, which has been going on for more than 130 days, that has seen most county health facilities deserted for lack of nursing services.

Through a protracted strike that has been laced with internal disputes within the nursing union leadership, thousands of Kenyans have missed essential hospital services.

Nurses first took to the streets on December 5, last year, the same time as doctors.

Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu when he appeared before the Senate Health Committee on February 14, 2017. Dr Mailu has maintained that talks with nurses were not yielding fruits because the nurses' officials were insincere. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Almost nine days after this, they signed a return-to-work formula with governors after being offered a nursing allowance of between Sh15,000 and Sh20,000, to be implemented in two tranches, 60 per cent beginning January and the rest from July.

CBA
Two months later, nurses and the ministry as well as the Council of Governors began negotiations on the CBA, which became the genesis of the current stalemate.

On June 5, barely six months after calling off a nationwide strike, the Kenya National Union of Nurses (Knun) leaders asked their members to boycott work until such a time when the two levels of government would agree to sign and implement their CBA, which would cost taxpayers up to Sh7.8 billion annually.

Unlike their colleagues, they have stood their ground: “This time around we will not go back to work until our CBA is signed and registered in courts,” Knun Secretary-General Seth Panyako has persistently said.

And on this stance, close to 20,000 nurses across the 47 counties have stayed off work, unshaken by threats by governors to take action against those who are defiant.

PLEAS AND THREATS

Despite pleas and even sack threats from both levels of government, they have remained unshaken, claiming to have already ceded much ground.

“We have already written to them (CoG) and told them we are willing to give up the responsibility and call allowances, which reduces the annual cost of the CBA by 1.6 billion,” said Mr Maurice Opetu, the union’s deputy secretary-general.

“We are also willing to spread out the cost of other payments like uniform allowances in four years.”

But the ministry reads mischief on the part of nurses. While signing the clinical officers’ agreement, Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu said meetings with nurses were not yielding fruit “because the union leadership is not sincere”.

“We invited the union, had good discussions and agreed on what we can and cannot deliver. The union leaders requested for time to seek guidance from members but they have not come back,” said Dr Mailu while signing a return-to-work agreement with clinical officers.

DEADLOCK

While denying the accusation, Mr Opetu said the meeting was informal as the CS just wanted to know how “our discussions with the Principal Secretary went”. “Let him show evidence or even minutes of the said meeting,” he said.

But why has the deadlock taken so long to resolve?

According to nurses, the lack of progress can be blamed on lack of sincerity by the involved parties.

“There is poor leadership within the ministry and the CoG. Instead of addressing us, they have resorted to sideshows, thinking that we will get tired and eventually go back to work without having our issues resolved,” said Mr Opetu.

INFIGHTING

Contacted to address the allegations, neither the CS nor the PS picked our calls.

But the union’s leadership has also been hit by infighting. Early into the strike, the union was divided into two factions, one led by the embattled chairman John Bii and the other by Mr Panyako.

This division saw the Bii-led team kicked out of a media briefing meant to call off the strike, as the other team remained adamant to date.

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And now, Kenya is staring into a health crisis as hundreds of thousands of children are going without vaccination.

Even worse, is that there is no hope in sight as the latest planned meeting was called off at the last minute with both sides of the divide citing “unavoidable circumstances”.

MEETING

Two weeks ago, the CoG sent out an invitation letter to the union’s representatives to a meeting to resolve the strike.

In the letter addressed to Mr Panyako and seen by the Nation, governors said they wished to “unlock the current nurses’ strike that has prolonged and caused suffering on Kenyan citizens”.

Two days later, the council through an email, notified nurses that the meeting “has been cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances.” “The inconveniences caused are highly regrettable,” the email added.

When contacted, the communication team for the council said a new date for the meeting will be communicated.

VACCINES

While politicians and technocrats have been haggling over budgets, promotions, salaries and their effects on government’s recurrent expenditure, few have paused to think about what the current impasse is doing to the country’s children, who are not receiving scheduled vaccines against some of the world’s most debilitating diseases, including polio, pneumonia, meningitis, measles, influenza, and hepatitis.

These diseases, long identified as among the biggest health threats in the region, could ravage the nation in the coming years if these hordes of vulnerable children are exposed to their vectors.

For health experts, it is hard to fathom the gravity of the situation.

Nurses worldwide may well be the unsung heroes of the medical field — they not only provide care to those hospitalised, but also execute tasks few others are willing to do under the immense pressure of the profession.

From giving injections, handling doctors’ prescriptions and dealing with psychotic patients.

Source : Daily Nation
* Nursing Jobs / International Rescue Committee Vacancies for Nurses-Midwives by Idowu Olabode: October 22, 2017, 09:45:40 PM
International Rescue Committee (IRC) is recruiting for fulltime Health Nurse-Midwife. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
 
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
 
Job Title: Health Nurse-Midwife
Location: Damaturu, Yobe
 
Scope of Work
 
The Nurse-Midwife is responsible for supportive supervision and patient care at health facilities and mobile clinics. The Nurse reports to the team leader or Health Manager.
 
Roles and Responsibilities
Conduct skills assessments of PHC staff in nursing care and midwifery
Support RH activities at each facility or mobile clinic on rotational basis.
Prepare and implement training plan, including on-the-job coaching and competency based trainings
Assist the PHC staff in RH activities at the facilities and at the mobile clinics ensuring skills transfer is taking place in Basic emergency obstetric care, family planning, STI counseling and treatment, ANC, PNC and postabortion care.
Support the Community Mobilizer in messages targeting all pillars of Safe Motherhood.
Collect weekly activity reports from the facility midwife, review, discuss and update action plans for the following week.
Ensure RH protocols and other IEC materials are well displayed in the facilities and outreach sites.
Support an effective referral mechanism between the facilities/mobile clinics and the hospital.
Human Resource Management
Supervise and monitor PHC midwifery staff.
Build staff capacity through on job coaching, skills training and supportive supervision.
Jointly with the team, provide ongoing education for clinic staff and CVs.

Operations:
Maintain an updated record and compile and submit monthly reports of all services given.
Monitor and ensure the proper usage of health and program supplies.
Prepare weekly work plans and ensure timely implementation of the project activities.
Communication and Reporting:
Support Health Clinical Officer in compiling statistical reports from the facilities and mobile clinics for submission weekly, monthly and annually.
Ensure adequate flow of information for all supervisees with constant feedback as may be required.
Carry out other relevant or requested duties as may be required.
 
Key Result Areas:
Improvement of key health indicators mainly maternal mortality ratio, neonatal mortality ratio, and community population coverage.
Increased uptake of health services as a strategy of reducing mortality
Increased uptake of positive practices related to health, nutrition and hygiene.
Timely and quality health care services to displaced persons, refugees and other vulnerable groups.
Community volunteers actively participate in health services within their community
 
Qualifications:
Registered Nurse-Midwife
A mature person of high professional discipline and moral integrity, able to work under stress as the situation may dictate.
Must possess the practicing license or qualifying certificate.
Certificate in child health or nutrition is an added advantage.
 
Competencies:
Two to three years’ experience in midwifery.
Proven experience in community based programming with the ability to motivate and lead community volunteers.
Proven ability to coach and train health workers
Ability to work with displaced communities with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Experience in working in a team.
Flexible to travel and work in different locations.
Ability to speak local languages will be added advantage.
Proficiency in computer skills, especially in MS Word and Excel is an added advantage.
 
Benefits
Monthly salary, 13th Month Salary Inclusive
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