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* News / Ghana: Zuarungu NTC to run Post Nurse Assistant Clinical Midwifery Programme by katty: Today at 10:52:03 AM
The Zuarungu Nursing Training College (ZNTC) in the Upper East Region has received certification from the Nurses and Midwifery Council (NMC) to run a Post Nurse Assistant Clinical Midwifery Programme.

This would augment the staff strength of midwives in the Region, Mr Michael Yidana Mantamia, the Principal of the College, has said.

He said that was an achievement and attributed it to the hardworking tutors and staff of the College.

Mr Mantamia was speaking at the matriculation ceremony of 193 students comprising 76 offering Registered General Nursing, made up of 45 males and 31 females, and 117 students offering Health Assistant Clinicals, 35 of them being males and 82 females.

He urged the students to take their academic work seriously to enable them to excel.

He said the occasion was to formally welcome and usher the fresh students into the College and admonished them to focus on their studies to maintain the good academic performance of the College in the yearly licensure examination organised by the NMC.

Mr Mantamia told the students that even though they had been matriculated, the Ministry of Health was verifying the results of all fresh students across the country and warned that “if at any point it is found that the results any of you used was fake or below requirement, you will be withdrawn and the possible legal action taken.”

He expressed worry about accommodation challenges of the College and said no tutor was resident on campus, while students lived in rented rooms within and outside the District, and commuted to campus daily for academic activities.

“We recognise that the students are adults, but they still need guidance from tutors, and so accommodation for tutors and staff is very important to us,” he said, and appealed to landlords in the area to review their rent charges as most of them charged exorbitant prices.

Mr Mantamia called on stakeholders to assist the College with a bus to ease the stress of transporting students to various health facilities within and outside the Region for clinical attachments.

He said presently the College depended on a mini-bus, which could transport few students at a time.

Reverend Emmanuel Abugre Abole, the Bolgatanga East District Chief Executive, said the students were full-fledged members of the institution, not only with full rights and privileges, but also the responsibility of abiding by its rules and regulations.

He counselled them to live by the Code of Ethics and be disciplined adding; “You must bear in mind that the profession you have chosen is to prepare you for the future so you must humble yourselves to allow the College to form you into professionals,” he said.

Rev Abole commended the Principal and staff for their hard work and pledged the Assembly’s support towards starting the Midwifery Programme.     

* News / How I Checked Agitations, Inter-Professional Rivalry At UCH – CMD by katty: Today at 10:48:04 AM
Prof. Temitope Alonge, the Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, on Monday said his management style helped to check agitations and inter-professional rivalry in the tertiary health institution.

Alonge stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan.

He told NAN that his ability to end inter-professional rivalry as well as build human resources and structures were major factors for his success.

He said: “The management style I adopted is based on three Bs.

“You build people, build systems and structures and also you build the institution.

“These are the cardinal Bs that have helped to take the hospital to unprecedented heights.

“We have structures and systems that would work independent of any individual,  so we don’t have any over bearing management as it were.

“But each professional body is independent and excelling.

“We have directors in most of the professional groupings and people are happy getting to the peak of their career.

“There has been a gross reduction in agitations.
“Inter professional-rivalry has dwindled.

“We are able to do many more surgical procedures, open up new treatment regimens, as well as established the first geriatric centre in the whole of Africa.

“We extended that by having the first Geriatric Rehabilitation Centre in West Africa and Africa which is for long-term care.”

Alonge advocated Public Private Partnership as the best model in restructuring the health sector.

He said: “I have never seen a government or any country where they are able to fund health care services alone.
“Public-Private Partnership has been a major boost for UCH’s survival.

“And I sincerely hope that the next administration will not only leverage on that but increase the PPP model, so as to provide services and funds for the hospital.”

NAN reports that Alonge, who assumed office in 2010, would quit on February 28, 2019, after two terms of eight years.

* Post Basic Courses / FCT School of Midwifryt 2019/2020 Admission Form on Sale by katty: Today at 10:40:26 AM
This is to inform interested candidates wishing to seek admission into the FCT School of Nursing/Midwifery Gwagwalada, that the Hon. Secretary, Health & Human Services Secretariat, Mallam Adamu Abubakar Bappah, has graciously extended the Closing date for the sales of Forms by two weels from 8th to 22nd December 2018. The extension is to give more Nigerians the opportunity to apply.

Candidates wishing to obtain the forms should show evidence of payment of Non-refundable fee of N5,000.00 (Five thousand Naira) only into Health & Human Services Secretariat Revenue Account in FCMB. Candidates are to pay into account No: 3402015028.
Candidates should please note that the entrance examination into FCT School of Midwifer/Nursing Gwagwalada earlier Scheduled for Saturday 15th December 2018 is hereby postponed. it will now hold as Computer Based Test on 24th, 25th and 26th January 2019.

Your individual/particular exam date/ batch will be communicated before 21st January 2019. if not contact 08180157965, 07064221237 with your exam details
* News / Quality Healthcare: Nursing Don Advocates Training, Motivation of Nurses by katty: December 16, 2018, 04:58:05 PM
Saleh Ndaski, the Head of Nursing Department, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, has called for adequate training and retraining, as well as motivation of nurses for quality healthcare delivery in the country.

Ndaski made the call at the annual national conference of National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) Federal Health Institutions Sector in Abuja.

The conference has as its theme “Nursing Models/Theories for Effective Nursing Practice.”

The NANNM head described nurses as custodians of patients and the only healthcare providers who worked 24 hours.

He said nurses required continuous training to keep them abreast of emerging trends in the health sector.

He added that “nurses require adequate training and retraining because healthcare problems are emerging and a lot of diseases are coming up and they need to be abreast with such problems and how to effectively tackle them.

“Nurses require motivation to be able to provide the best of services required of them as majority of them are not well motivated and this is a major gap in quality care.”

Ndaski noted that a lot of reforms were done in the profession with regard to scientific discovery.

He, however, added that a lot of theories and models that existed in the practice were not fully utilised by nurses due to lack of adequate knowledge, decayed infrastructure, among others.

He said that those theories and models provide nurses with perfect care and services, as well as quality healthcare delivery.

According to him, nurses are always concerned about patients having the best of care within the health sector, hence the theme of the conference.

Mr Wale Olatunde, the National Chairman of NANNM, reiterated the determination of the association to regulate the activities of Nigerian nurses and midwives in the most effective manner.

This, he said would ensure best practices and safeguard best healthcare delivery for all Nigerians.

According to him, the theme of the conference is carefully selected based on the nurses’ conviction that there must be shift from theory development to theory utilisation in health facilities.

Olatunde said this would help to restore proper relationship between theory and practice.

“Nursing is now in the era of utilisation of philosophies, models and theories for clinical nursing practice,” he said.

The chairman said that the theme was aimed at enhancing the capacity of the professionals and equipping  them intellectually to select a theoretical work that would guide their daily clinical practice.

“This remains one of the practical ways in which we can help to reverse the current rating of the country’s health indices.

“The effectiveness of clinical nursing services remain critical in determination of quality health care services.”

The conference, according to him, is part of the association’s contributions toward complementing government’s efforts in its drive to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the citizens.

Mr Faruk Abubakar, the Registrar, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, urged the nurses to deliver their duty with all diligence by prioritising the interest of patients.

Abubakar urged them to always discharge their duties to the best of their ability.

He said that nurses should consider the plights of patients in order to achieve quality care, “which is the sole aim of nursing or other professional practices in the health sector.”

Source : NAN
* News / Ghana: Tanoso Nursing College to benefit from GH¢2 billion student hostel by katty: December 16, 2018, 10:59:18 AM
Freda Prempeh, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tano North Constituency in Brong-Ahafo, was at a ceremony for work to begin on 100-bed capacity hostel facility for the Tanoso Community Health Nursing Training College (CHNTC) in the Tano North Municipality of the Region.

The project, to be executed by Victory for Us Limited, a local construction firm, is estimated at the cost of GH¢2 billion and is expected to be completed by 2020.

It’s jointly funded by the Ministry of Health and the MP’s share of the Common Fund.

Mrs Prempeh, who is a Deputy Minister of Works and Housing, said the facility would improve on student enrolment.

She said the government places priority on improving on access to quality education, hence the introduction of the free Senior High School programme which was making a significant impact in the education sector.

The MP urged the nursing students to avoid unhealthy lifestyles and concentrate on their books.

Mrs Prempeh said nursing is a divine call and advised the students to prepare themselves well and develop the mindset of serving the people anywhere they would be posted after the completion of their studies.

Mrs Elizabeth Wiafe, the Principal of the CHNTC, said hostel was among the urgent needs of the school and commended the MP and the government for the assistance.

She said with the hostel facility, the security and welfare of the students would improve, noting because of the poor security, students were always attacked by robbers.

Mrs Wiafe said because the students rented private hostels outside campus it was making it extremely difficult for authorities to monitor their movements.

She said the College, which has 610 student populations, was in urgent need quarters to solve the accommodation problems facing tutors as well as a befitting administration block.

Source: GNA
* News / NMCN Registrar Urges Investment In Nurses, Midwives by katty: December 15, 2018, 09:26:29 PM
The Registrar, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, Faruk Umar Abubakar, has stressed the need to invest and develop nursing and midwifery workforce in the country in order to achieve a rapid cost-effective expansion of high quality Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Speaking at the induction ceremony of 2018 General Nursing Graduates of the University of Nigeria (UNN) Enugu campus, at the weekend, the Registrar, who was represented by Idongesit Akpabio, attributed the lack of political will to accept the vital role of nurses as equal members of the healthcare team to poor investment in the workforce.

He lamented the discrimination in the placement and lack of recognition of nurses for leadership positions and numeration.

He, therefore, called for collaboration in the funding of nursing profession in Nigeria for effective healthcare delivery.
* News / At Last Ordeal Of 79 Stranded Indian Nurses in Kuwait Ends by katty: December 15, 2018, 09:23:17 PM
The ordeal of 79 Indian nurses stranded in Kuwait for the last two years without jobs or iqamas has ended after the government legalized their residence and completed the formalities for employment at health ministry hospitals. “It is like a new lease of life for us. We are getting our residencies stamped. We have also been offered jobs in MoH hospitals,” a visibly joyful nurse told Kuwait Times on the condition of anonymity. The nurses sounded optimistic that they will be able to move on, putting two years of traumatic experiences behind them.

They also visited the Indian Embassy and expressed their gratitude to the officials for helping them in redressing their grievances. “Out of 79 nurses, 70 will be joining various health ministry hospitals in the coming week. The employment of the others is in different stages of processing,” said an Indian embassy official. The aggrieved nurses had raised the issue with Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj during her visit to Kuwait in October. The minister discussed the matter with top authorities in Kuwait including Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah. After talks with the officials, Swaraj had said she expected a speedy resolution to this “compassionate and serious” issue.

The health ministry had signed a contract with 80 nurses from India in 2015, who reached Kuwait in early 2016. Although, they were assigned to various hospitals, the Civil Service Commission cancelled their appointments over alleged financial irregularities in recruitment. Since then, 79 nurses remained virtually in limbo without jobs or residencies, while one managed to leave the country. “We took the matter very seriously and pursued it relentlessly to find an early solution to the problem. We held several rounds of discussions with officials in the foreign, social affairs and labor and interior ministries before reaching a solution,” the embassy official added.

By Sajeev K Peter
* News / Yellow fever claims another life in Benin by katty: December 15, 2018, 04:16:10 PM
An unidentified middle-aged man has reportedly died from the dreaded yellow fever infection in Benin, the Edo State.

This recent death has again heightened fears of residents of the state over the non-availability of yellow fever vaccine at the government’s health centers.

The victim who reportedly died at the accident and emergency unit of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), was said to have been rushed to the hospital on Friday afternoon, but he died even before he could be transferred to a ward.

A source who did not want his name in print, told our correspondent that all medical personnel and the accident and emergency ward of the hospital were now clothed in full protective gears.

It would be recalled that the viral disease which broke out about a month ago, had claimed several lives in the state.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. David Osifo, had also confirmed that the disease had spread to about 10 out of the 18 local government areas of the state.

This is even as the Senior Special Adviser, SSA to Governor Godwin Obaseki on health, Dr. Aanu Fakunle, disclosed that the state government was doing everything possible to put the outbreak under control.

She disclosed that the local government councils were also doing their bit in health education in their communities.

“I can say that all hands are on deck, all things are working together, with support from the federal ministry of health, NCDC, WHO and the state epidemiology team,” she said.

As at the time of filing this report, Dr. Osifo could not be reached for comment, as calls made to his mobile phone failed to connect.
Source : PM News
* News / ‘Miracle baby’ survives Ebola outbreak in DR Congo by katty: December 15, 2018, 04:05:39 PM
A baby girl who was admitted to an Ebola treatment centre just six days after birth has now recovered from the virus, health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have announced.

The baby is now the world’s youngest survivor of what the World Health Organisation (WHO) calls the world’s second-deadliest Ebola outbreak.

Her mother who had Ebola died during childbirth. Health authorities say the baby is a “young miracle”.

She was discharged from a hospital in the conflict-ridden northern city of Beni on Wednesday, where she had received around-the-clock care for weeks.

“She went home in the arms of her father and her aunt,” the ministry said.

Breast milk infection

Few cases of infections in babies have been reported but experts suspect transmission might happen via breast milk or close contact with infected parents, the Associated Press news agency reports.

The deadly Ebola is typically spread by infected bodily fluids.

Children now account for more than one-third of all cases, according to the UN children’s agency Unicef.

A total of 426 cases of the virus have now been reported in and around Beni, according to WHO.

Almost 209 people have died in the current Ebola outbreak.

More than 11,000 people died and more than 28,000 were infected in West Africa between 2014 and 2016 – the deadliest occurrence of the disease since its discovery in 1976
Source : Standard Digital
* News / Masaka Nursing Students Fault Uganda Nursing Board Over Missing Exam Papers by katty: December 15, 2018, 01:09:11 PM
Students of Masaka School of Comprehensive Nursing (MSCN) have accused the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board (UNMEB) for disorganizing their readiness to seat for their final examinations.

This came after UNMEB delivered less papers compared to the number of students during the first exam of mental health nursing on Monday.

“The entire process of writing papers was put to a standstill after one student missed to get; after sometime they printed another paper before we all started,” A student who preferred to speak on principal of anonymity told Daily Monitor.

Since then, the incident has prompted additional supervision at the school which forced also the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Of Education and Sports, Alex Kakoza to visit the institute yesterday.

He, however, said his visit was majorly to supervise the ongoing exercise after UNMEB liaised to fix the missing paper.
According to Ms Agnes Wada, the Public Relations Officer of UNMEB, the missing paper resulted from a slight mistake in packaging papers.
“The board sent an official who printed a paper from our certified email under the observation of the institutional administration and the area supervisory team,” Ms Wada explained.

She further revealed that over 1,436 stake holders will be visiting 91 siting centers in the country majorly to supervise the progress of ongoing national examinations before next week when practical papers start.

A total of 3,888 Nurses and Midwives are sitting for their exams under UNMEB which started on December 3 and expected to end on December 14.

UNMEB is a semi-autonomous government body that was established in December 2005 by Ministry of Education and Sports with a cardinal objective of streamlining, regulating and coordinating examinations and awards for Nurses and Midwives in Uganda
Source : Uganda Monitor
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