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* News / Nigeria Govt Clips Workers' Wings To Implement No-work No Pay Rule in Principle by katty: Today at 08:30:52 PM
-Nigerian workers will automatically lose salaries any time they embark on strike.

The Federal Executive Council ( FEC ) has approved the implementation of the no-work, no pay principle when workers go on strike in the federal public service.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, disclosed this on Wednesday in the Presidential Villa, Abuja while briefing State House Correspondents after FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said the approval was sequel to the adoption of the Draft White Paper on the Report of the Technical Committee on Industrial Relations Matters in the Federal Public Service.

Ngige said that the public service in Nigeria was bedevilled by problems and conflict areas; hence governments over time set up various committees and brought out circulars in a bid to stem the tide of industrial dispute.

The minister said that the technical committee, which was inaugurated on April 27, 2016, did their work and submitted to the FEC in Oct. 2017.

“FEC in turn, empanelled a committee of ten which I chaired to do a government Draft White Paper on those contentious areas that the technical committee had looked at.

“These contentious areas are enforcement of section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act Law of the Federation 2004; this is the section that deals with lockout of workers by their employers without declaring redundancy appropriately.

“Because in some establishments, especially in the private sector, workers are locked out by their employers; so the law there says that if you lock your workers without passing through the normal channel-due process.

“For the period of the lock out, the worker is assumed to be at work and will receive all the remunerations and allowances, benefits accruing to him for the period and that period will also be counted for him as a pensionable period in the computation of his pension.

“But when workers go on strike, the principle of no-work-no-pay will also apply because that principle is enshrined in the same section 43 of the Labour Act.’’

According to Ngige, the section says that for the period a worker withdraws his services, government or his employers are not entitled to pay.

The minister said that under the section, the period for which the worker was absent would not count as part of his pensionable period in the public service.

He said that FEC accepted it as a white paper recommendation that should be gazetted because even the National Industrial Court had made pronouncement on that law and said that it was clear.

Ngige said that another area was the issue of public servants remaining permanently in the executive bodies on trade unions.

“Government realises that some persons in the public service go into trade union executive positions; hold offices; and they do that for life; for as long as they are in the service.

“In doing so, they will refuse postings and deployments under the guise that are doing trade union activities; government says no.

“You have to be a public servant first before you become a trade unionist; therefore, if you are there; the public service rules will also apply to you.

“And in doing so, government says establishments will look at the issues and give it a human face in order not to disrupt trade unionism.

“And in furtherance to this, government has also said that there must tenure stipulations because people stay there without tenure; many organisations give people union positions without tenure; government says there is no office that does not have tenure.’’

Ngige said that trade unions, henceforth, should present constitutions that must have tenures; at least, maximum of two tenures for any elective position.

He said that another aspect of the report discussed by the council was the issue of residence training for medical doctors.

According to him, the residence training for medical doctors has been contentious one as some medical doctors come into this training and become professional unionists and stay there as permanent job.

He said that the Federal Government had fixed tenure for residence training of medical doctors, which was seven years within the trainee was to pass all his exams or quit.

Ngige said that FEC also looked at the Ayere report on inter-professional rivalry in the health sector and directed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) to present it FEC for deliberation.

On the minimum wage, the minister restated that the Federal Government’s stance was N24, 000 per month.

He said that once minimum wage was fixed, any organisation or state that had the capacity to pay more could do that.

Ngige cited that Edo, Delta and Lagos states paid their workers more than the current N18, 000 national minimum wage.
Source :The Nation Newspaper
* News / Ezekwesili Protest In Abuja Over Killing Of Midwives Hauwa,Saifura By Boko Haram by katty: Today at 06:33:28 PM
Oby Ezekwesili,Deji Adeyanju and others yesterday took to the streets of Abuja to protest the killing of two midwives, Saifura and Hauwa by Boko Haram terrorists.

According to them,Buhari’s administration has failed Saifura and Hauwa.They also urged FG to hasten the release of Alice, Leah and 112 Chibok Girls are still in Boko Haram's captivity






* News / Buhari Speaks With Hauwa Liman’s Family, Says FG Did Everything To Save Her by katty: Today at 06:20:46 PM
President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken with Mohammed Liman, father of Hauwa Liman, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) midwife who was slain by Boko Haram terrorists, LEADERSHIP reports.

In a telephone call, President Buhari in a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu, commiserated with the family and assured Miss Liman’s father that the Nigerian government did everything possible to save his daughter’s life, expressing sadness that all the efforts turned out unsuccessful.

He regretted that her commitment to helping victims of the Boko Haram insurgency ended in such a brutal way.

President Buhari also spoke with Peter Maurer, the President of the ICRC, extending condolences on the loss of the midwife.

The President commended the ICRC for the great work they had been doing in Nigeria by providing healthcare services to victims of insurgency in some of the most affected areas.

President Buhari appealed to the ICRC to continue their services in Nigeria, and not give up, despite the unfortunate and painful loss of their staff.

According to the President, Nigeria needs the ICRC and the government will continue to do all it can to protect staff of the organisation and other aid workers that are providing much-needed humanitarian services in the North East region, which had been affected by almost a decade-long conflict.
* News / United Nations Agencies Call for Ban on Virginity Testing by katty: Today at 05:42:42 PM
Virginity testing — a gynecological examination conducted under the belief that it determines whether a woman or girl has had vaginal intercourse — must end, says UN Human Rights, UN Women and the World Health Organization (WHO).

In a global call to eliminate violence against women and girls everywhere, this medically unnecessary, and often times painful, humiliating and traumatic practice must end.
 


Virginity testing is a long-standing tradition that has been documented in at least 20 countries spanning all regions of the world. Women and girls are subjected, and often forced, to undergo virginity testing for various reasons. These include requests from parents or potential partners to establish marriage eligibility or from employers for employment eligibility. It is mostly performed by doctors, police officers, or community leaders on women and girls in order to assess their virtue, honour or social value. In some regions, it is common practice for health professionals to perform virginity testing on victims of rape, supposedly to ascertain whether or not rape occurred.

Virginity testing is often performed by inspecting the hymen for tears or its size of opening, and/or inserting fingers into the vagina (the “two-finger” test). Both techniques are practiced under the belief that the appearance of the female genitalia can indicate a girl’s or woman’s history of sexual activity. WHO states that there is no evidence that either method can prove whether a woman or girl has had vaginal intercourse or not.

Emphasis on women’s “virginity” is a form of gender discrimination

The term “virginity” is not a medical or scientific term.  Rather, the concept of “virginity” is a social, cultural and religious construct – one that reflects gender discrimination against women and girls.

The social expectation that girls and women should remain “virgins” (i.e. without having sexual intercourse) is based on stereotyped notions that female sexuality should be curtailed within marriage. This notion is harmful to women and girls globally.
 
Health impacts of virginity testing


These examinations are not only a violation of women’s and girls’ human rights, but in cases of rape can cause additional pain and mimic the original act of sexual violence, leading to re-experience, re-traumatization and re-victimization. Many women suffer from adverse short- and long-term physical, psychological and social consequences of this practice. This includes anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress. In extreme cases, women or girls may attempt suicide or be killed in the name of “honour”.

Performing this medically unnecessary and harmful test violates several human rights and ethical standards including the fundamental principle in medicine to ‘do no harm’. WHO recommends that this test should not be performed under any circumstances.
 
Governments, health professionals and communities must act to eliminate the practice


There is an urgent need to raise awareness among health professionals and communities of the detrimental effects of performing this test on women and girls, its lack of scientific validity, and the need to eliminate its use. Some governments have banned virginity testing and enacted laws to criminally punish those who perform the examination. Many professional health associations and human rights organizations have condemned this practice as unscientific and a violation of women’s and girls’ rights.

UN Human Rights, UN Women and WHO are committed to ending virginity testing and ensuring that the rights of all women and girls are upheld. The following are recommended strategies to eliminate virginity testing in settings where it occurs:

*Health professionals and their professional associations should be aware that virginity testing has no scientific merit and cannot determine past vaginal penetration. They should also know the health and human rights consequences of virginity testing, and never perform or support the practice.

*Governments should enact and enforce laws that ban virginity testing.

*Communities and all relevant stakeholders should implement awareness campaigns that challenge myths related to virginity and harmful gender norms that place emphasis on control of women’s and girls’ sexuality and bodies.
 
Statement document that includes background on the issue, scientific evidence and global strategies to eliminate this practice
www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/eliminating-virginity-testing-interagency-statement/en/
* News / South Africa: 1391 Nurses Set to Graduate from KwaZulu-Natal Nursing Schools by katty: Today at 05:26:41 PM
Durban - The Department of Health said 1391 expected to graduate in nursing would bode well for the patients of KZN.

"The graduation carries much significance for the nurses themselves and the people of KZN, as it means these healthcare professionals will be able to inject their newly-acquired skills into the public healthcare system, for the benefit of all," said Department spokesperson Agiza Hlongwane.

The graduation will take place over Thursday and Friday at the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg.

"After many hours of painstaking work, there is likely to be a euphoric atmosphere and scenes of joy among the nurses and their families as their new qualifications are conferred on them," said Hlongwane.

 The Department said there will be numerous qualifications that will be awarded, including specialist nursing categories such as Midwifery and Neonatal Nursing Science, Child Health Nursing Science and Critical Care Nursing Science among others.

Daily News
* News / Kenya : Attack on Nurse Opens Door to Troubling Claims by katty: Today at 09:37:37 AM
The Saturday morning assault of a nurse at the Kenyatta National Hospital has galvanised her colleagues into speaking up about the dangers they face at work.

Mildred Akinyi was beaten and strangled by five relatives of a patient who had died a few hours earlier, sparking outrage among nurses and clinical officers at the country’s largest referral hospital.

According to some of Ms Akinyi’s colleagues, she was a locum – one of 220 nurses who have been ‘undergoing orientation’ at KNH for five years and are yet to be hired on permanent terms.

A number of locum nurses who spoke to The Standard on condition of anonymity narrated similar experiences of working in a hostile environment.

Akinyi is recovering. Hospital officials said she had left the high dependency unit and was admitted in KNH’s private wing.

According to a hospital statement, Akinyi was assaulted following the death of a 17-year-old leukemia patient, who had been admitted since June.

Fellow nurses said the patient’s brother got to the hospital at 7am after being informed of the death. He left and returned at 10am with five relatives, including his mother and father. The relatives then allegedly assaulted Akinyi as a different nurse prepared the body for viewing.

“The hospital management condemns in the strongest terms possible this unfortunate incident and overall, any assault on any of its staff. To this end, the hospital will work hand in hand with the relevant authorities to ensure that such incidences do not recur and assure safety of patients and staff,” read a statement signed by KNH CEO Thomas Mutie.

While calling on patients and families to be courteous to staff and follow proper channels to resolve disagreements, Dr Mutie told the nurses that working in unpredictable environments like hospitals meant they had to expect anything.

But Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Secretary General Ouma Oluga condemned what he said was a worrying yet growing trend of attacks on medical practitioners.

“We are tired of the attacks. Hospitals must ensure security for both patients and workers. We also have rights. If we cannot be guaranteed our security, we will take matters into our hands,” Dr Oluga said yesterday when he met the nurses.

Less rewarding


The visit by officials from KMPDU and the Kenya National Union of Nurses was also intended to bolster the locums’ push to be allowed to form their own union. This after it emerged that their tenure at the hospital had been less rewarding.

“The hospital brought us here years ago promising to monitor our performance before employing us. It has been five years and we are still waiting,” said a nurse who joined KNH in 2013.

The nurses said they were paid Sh300 an hour for a maximum of 150 hours each month, translating to Sh45,000 a month. This, they said, was insufficient pay, considering their strenuous working conditions.

“We are overwhelmed,” one nurse said. “The ideal nurse-to-patient ratio is one to eight, but we oversee more than 20 patients each at a time.”

Some of the nurses said it was clear the hospital would never offer them stable jobs, but they remained for lack of better options

Source: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/health/article/2001299327/attack-on-nurse-opens-door-to-troubling-claims
* News / Nigerian Nurses Must Embrace Professional Core Values –Dr. Idris by katty: Today at 09:29:14 AM
Dr. Jide Idris, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, has tasked nurses in the State health sector on the need to embrace the core values of the nursing profession in the care of patients.

Idris gave this charge yesterday during the 2018 Nurses Assembly, a programme sponsored by the Lagos State Government to update nurses, midwives and educators in Lagos on professional guidelines and policies affecting the profession.



He noted that nurses are integral part of the think-tank of the State government who contribute a lot to formulation and implementation of policies in the health sector.

Idris who was represented by Dr. Funmilayo Shokunbi, the Director, Medical Administration, Training and Programmes in the Ministry of Health, implored nurses to continue to exude professionalism, discipline, integrity, humility, selflessness and great care in the discharge of noble duties.

Earlier in her remarks, Mrs. Dorcas Shonibare, the Director of Nursing Services in the Lagos State Ministry of Health, stated that the Nurses Assembly is an annual event sponsored by the Ministry of Health to update nurses on current trends in the profession and serve as a platform for nurses to interact as professionals.

She explained that the theme of this year’s assembly “Nursing Accountability in the 21st Century” as a follow up to last year’s theme “Professionalism: A Roadmap for Ethical Compliance in Nursing” is a starting point for major strategic planning for a new perspective on ethics of the profession.

“Accountability is the acknowledgement and assumption of responsibility for actions, products, decisions and policies including the administration, governance and implementation within the scope of the role or employment position and encompassing the obligation to report, explain and be answerable for resulting consequence,” Shonibare said.

She stated that the recent launch of 12 patients’ Bill of Right championed by the Consumers Protection Council (CPC) and the Federal Ministry of Health is a wakeup call to the Health Sector in Nigeria thus bringing to fore the need for nurses to be fully updated as ignorance is no excuse.

“Patients are now empowered to demand for their rights and you must be ready to give explanation for your actions and intentions without having the erroneous belief that they are at your mercy,” she said.

Shonibare while encouraging nurses to have an orientation of being accountable stated that the practice of nursing services in Lagos State is being monitored in public and private health facilities by the Lagos State Health Facilities Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA).

During her lecture on 21st Century Nurse Manager, Mrs. Helen Mbonu, the Group Director of Nursing Services Reddington Hospital, stated that a 21st century nurse manager must be a great communicator employing frequent, timely and problem-solving communication to ensure patient care is running smoothly.

She added that nurses in the 21st century should know the rudiments of teamwork and the need to build effective teams, remain positive and be decisive, be technologically driven and should be conversant with the use of modern equipment in health service delivery.

“A 21st Century Nurse Manager should be academically driven, have the right attitude, possess excellent customer service skills, be involved in policy making, understand finance and budget and be readily available and accessible,” Mbonu said.

Source : Daily Independent Newspaper
* News / Nurse Hauwa Liman's Parents Speak With TVC, As ICRC Reacts To Her Death (Video) by katty: October 16, 2018, 05:58:46 PM
Hauwa Liman's parents speak with TVC News on the execution of their daughter by Boko Haram. The father says he wants his daughter's corpse brought to him so as to bury her in the Islamic way.

Meanwhile, Peter Maurer, the President of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other members of ICRC have reacted to the execution of the beautiful Hauwa Liman.



It is with deep horror that I hear of the execution of Hauwa in #Nigeria.

@ICRC
condemns this senseless murder; an act of contempt for humanity.

Hauwa was a brave young midwife working to bring life into the world, and we mourn her loss with the greatest sorrow.

Hauwa's shocking death comes only a few weeks after her colleague, Saifura, was also killed. 



These young women shouldn't be defined by their deaths but remembered for the courage and compassion they showed in their short lives.



To watch the video click https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=yqk64vEOya8&a=
* Research / Researchers Find No Progress in Media Representation of Nurses Over Last 20 Year by katty: October 16, 2018, 12:45:52 PM
A replication of the 1997 "Woodhull Study on Nursing and the Media" found nurses continue to be underrepresented as sources in heath news stories despite their increasing levels of education and expertise. A companion study found biases among newsrooms about women, nurses and positions of authority in health care can impede a journalist's use of nurses as sources in health news stories, despite unique perspectives that could enrich a story. The research, led by the George Washington University School of Nursing's Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, was published in two parts in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship and the American Journal of Nursing.

"The lack of progress in nurses' representation in health news stories over the past 20 years was stunning, particularly since the 2010 Institute of Medicine report on 'The Future of Nursing' noted that we can't transform health care and promote the health of the public without recognizing and tapping into the special expertise of nurses," said Diana J. Mason, the principal investigator of the GW study and a registered nurse and senior policy service professor for GW's Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement.

The original Woodhull Study found nurses were represented as sources in less than 4 percent of health news stories in leading print newspapers, newsweeklies and health care trade publications of the day. Using the same publications as the original study, the team, which also included researchers from the Berkeley Media Studies Group, examined a randomly selected sample of 365 health news stories published in September 2017 to determine the type and subject of the article, the profession and gender of speakers and the number of times nurses were referenced without being quoted. They discovered that nurses were identified as sources in 2 percent of health news coverage and mentioned in 13 percent of health news coverage overall.

In addition, the researchers conducted one-on-one telephone interviews with health journalists to better understand the barriers and facilitators to using nurses as sources in news stories. The interviews revealed an overarching theme of biases, not just among journalists, but also editors, public relations staff and health care organizations.

"It was not enough to just document that nothing has changed in 20 years," Barbara Glickstein, co-principal investigator on the study, said. "We had to understand why there has been no movement in who are considered experts."

For example, the researchers heard from participants that preconceptions exist in health news about positions of authority, placing "rock-star doctors" at the top of their lists of sources. The participants explained that their newsroom cultures typically affect their selection of sources and that they have had to defend using a nurse as a source.

"Journalists and the media play an important role in educating the public about issues affecting health and health care, but their biases about who are credible experts is limiting the richness of their reporting," Jean Johnson, executive director of the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, said. "If journalists aren't interviewing nurses, they may be missing the best part of the story."

Several additional themes emerged from the interviews, including health journalists not understanding the range of nurses' roles and the nursing profession not routinely engaging journalists. The researchers note that journalists and nurses can both do more to ensure the public benefits from the knowledge and insight nurses can provide.

Source : https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-10/gwu-rfn101518.php
* Post Basic Courses / FMC Yola 2018/2019 Perioperative Nursing Form on Sale by katty: October 16, 2018, 12:32:56 PM
Application are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the above name School for a 1 year course in Perioperative Nursing beginning from November, 2018 leading to licensing by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria as Registered Perioperative Nurse (RPON)
 
The Course is designed to equip Registered Nurses(RN) wwith the theoretical underpinnings and skills required for proving effective, acceptable and safe Perioperative Nursing care to the clients/patients
 
Admission Requirements
Applicants Should:
1. Be Registered Nurses(RN) with current practice License of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria
2. Have at least five(5) credit passes at not more than two(2) sitting in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry from WAEC or NECO O Level examinations.
3. Have at least One(1) year post qualification experience in an acute care setting preferably in a surgical unit.
4. Have approval for one(1) full year of release from employers or other training Schools
 
Method of Application
Forms are obtainable with effect from 12th October 2018 from the Perioperative Nursing School, Federal Medical Centre, Yola upoon presentation of the following:
Receipt in respect of payment of Ten Thousand Naira(N10,000) only to the Federal Medical Centre, Yola, Treasury Single Account (TSA) in any commercial Bank
 
Entrant Examination and Interview
Date: 13th-16th November 2018
Venue: College of Nursing and Midwifery, Yola
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