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* News / 24 year Ugandan Wins Africa Prize For Bloodless Malaria Test by katty: June 18, 2018, 04:58:08 PM
A Ugandan inventor has won a major prize for a device which tests for malaria without drawing blood.

Brian Gitta, 24, won the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for a device that detects tell-tale signs of malaria by shining a red beam of light on the patient’s finger.

The diagnosis is ready to be shared to a mobile phone in a minute.

He developed the device, called Matibabu, after blood tests failed to diagnose his own malaria.

Malaria is the leading cause of death in Uganda, but it took four blood tests to diagnose Mr Gitta with the disease, Shafik Sekitto, who is part of the Matibabu team, told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme.

“[Gitta] brought up the idea: ‘Why can’t we find a new way of using the skills we have found in computer science, of diagnosing a disease without having to prick somebody?” Mr Sekitto said.

“Matibabu is simply a game-changer,” Rebecca Enonchong, Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation judge and Cameroonian technology entrepreneur, said in a statement.

“It’s a perfect example of how engineering can unlock development – in this case by improving healthcare.”

Matibabu, which means “treatment” in Swahili, clips onto a patient’s finger and does not require a specialist to operate.

Its red beam can detect changes in the colour, shape and concentration of red blood cells – all of which are affected by malaria.

The majority of global deaths caused by malaria – usually transmitted by the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito – occur in sub-Saharan Africa.

His team hopes the device can one day be used as a way to better detect malaria across the continent.

But before that, Matibabu has to go through a number of regulators before being available in the market, Mr Sekitto told the BBC.

It is “not an easy journey because you have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the device is safe for human use”, he said.

In the meantime, the Matibabu team are currently writing an academic paper on their findings, have been approached by international researchers offering support, and are currently performing field trials on the device.

The prize, which was set up in 2014, provides support, funding, mentoring and business training to the winners, the Royal Academy of Engineering said in a statement.

Mr Gitta has also been awarded £25,000 ($33,000) in prize money from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

“The recognition will help us open up partnership opportunities – which are what we need most at the moment,” Mr Gitta said in a statement.
Source: Leadership Newspaper
* News / Namibia’s public health sector pulling out all stops to absorb unemployed nurses by katty: June 18, 2018, 04:13:26 PM
Windhoek - The Namibian Government has dismissed accusations that it is favouring foreign nurses, mostly Kenyans and Zimbabweans, at their expense.

Unemployed nurses have been demanding that government terminate contracts of all non-Namibian nurses, doctors and other medical professionals and hire local graduates that have been roaming the streets since 2017. 

Most of the enrolled nurses that graduated in April from the University of Namibia’s School of Nursing and Public Health and the International University of Management remain jobless. Enrolled nurses trained at the National Health Training Centre run by the Ministry of Health and Social Services are also crying foul.

Due to the financial crisis, the government has imposed a blanket freeze on the public sector recruitment to save costs, despite an acute shortage of staff at state health facilities across the country.

Last week, a group of about 100 unemployed nursing graduates met Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila to present their grievances and to plead for her intervention.

The group’s spokesperson, Junias Shilunga, a UNAM graduate, has confirmed that there are at least 210 unemployed registered nurses who graduated from local institutions but have been waiting to be employed since last year.

However, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has rubbished the perception that the government is favouring foreign nurses. She told Parliament on Tuesday that the government has not renewed any contact with foreign nurses since September 2017. She said a circular has been issued to all national and regional directors and medical superintendents and officials in charge of state hospitals and other health centres to suspend the appointment or extension of contracts of non-Namibians as well as Namibians who have reached the age of 60.

“It is a fact that currently the government does not have the sufficient number of vacant posts to accommodate all graduates due to the current financial crisis. However, certain adjustments and control measures have to be put in place in order to accommodate all graduates,” she said.

According to the Prime Minister, many foreign nurses have left the country, except for 96 Kenyan nurses, who are on a bilateral agreement signed between Namibia and Kenya, whose contracts lapse by 2020.

“The ministry does not automatically renew the contracts of foreigners. Rather, it considers instances where the health facilities want to retain certain foreign nurses due to their expertise in critical areas such as intensive care, theatre, and maternity care,” she explained.

Currently, there are about 12,900 nurses serving in the public health sector. The Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Juliet Kavetuna, has confirmed that the ministry has started the recruitment process of 320 nurses, who graduated in April 2018, while all 2017 graduates have been absorbed.

The ministry has 387 vacant posts for enrolled nurses. However, the government can only fund 151 posts at a cost of R22.9 million and would require an additional R35.8 million to fill 236 posts.

Kavetuna also revealed that 215 registered nurses have applied for employment in the public health sector but there are only 211 vacancies available, out of which 125 nurses would take R27.7 million. The ministry would need an additional R19 million to fill the remaining 86 posts.

Furthermore, she said the number of graduates is expected to increase, as an estimated 217 registered nurses are expected to graduate in September 2018.

“We are working tirelessly to ensure that we create maximum positions within our space. In fact, 99 posts were created by abolishing nearly 213 managerial and administrative posts in order to accommodate professionals such as doctors, nurses and other health professionals,” she said.

The ministry received R6.2 billion in the 2017/18 financial year. Kavetuna, therefore, urged the private health sector to come on board and absorb some of the graduates, as the government cannot be the sole employer of all graduates.
Source : The Southern Times
* Nursing Jobs / School Nurse Vacancy at Jesuit Memorial College by katty: June 18, 2018, 04:02:39 PM
Jesuit Memorial College (JMC) is Catholic boarding secondary school in Port Harcourt, Nigeria for boys and girls. Open to all, Christians and non-Christians, it is owned and run by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). It was opened in 2013 in memory of 60 students of Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja, Nigeria who died in Sosoliso plane crash of 10 December 2005. JMC provides a well-rounded education in terms of conscience, competence, commitment and compassion.
Position: School Nurse
Location: Port Harcourt, Rivers
Job Summary
* The School Nurse attends to the health of every student (Basic 7 - SS 3).
* He/she works on shift everyday including weekends.
* Above all, every staff of JMC is a role model for every student.
* B.Sc (Nursing) or its equivalent is required.
* Any higher degree or qualification, especially in the field of Nursing, is an advantage.
* At least 2 years experience in a similar role.
* Any experience relating to Nursing is an advantage.
Personal Qualities:
* Effective communication and presentation skills,
* Good command of English Language,
* Good understanding of adolescent psychology,
* Good interpersonal skills,
* A team player, ability to work effectively with minimum supervision,
* Proficiency in use of Office Suites like Microsoft Word and Power Point.
Applicarion Deadline:
7th July, 2018
Method of Application
Applicants should send their Applications, Curriculum Vitae (in Microsoft Word or PDF formats) and scanned Credentials to the "Human Resource Manager" via: and CC the "Principal" via:
Hard copies of the above-mentioned documents may be submitted at the school gate:
Jesuit Memorial College,
Elipokwoudu Road,
Mbodo, Aluu
Port Harcourt,
Rivers State.
* News / Fresh strike looms as JOHESU demands April, May salaries by katty: June 18, 2018, 09:35:48 AM
Fear of another nationwide strike in the health sector is hanging on the loose as the minister of health, Isaac Adewole has confirmed that government may not be able to pay federal health workers nationwide after resuming from near two months strike. Reports from across the country have reliably confirmed that the federal health institutions have resorted to the selective payment of its workforce through glaring nepotism and favoritism under the pretext of staff that were not part of the strike
The minister of health, Isaac Addewole however directed the CMD's to compile few list of staffers due to paucity of funds as plans have been concluded to reduce by more than half the over 750,000 workforce of JOHESU members that recently returned from strike after truce and intervention by the NLC and the National Assembly
Efforts to reach the minister and the media team along with some of his personal aides proved abortive, as they have deliberately shield away from ‎any media statement that Involved the refusal to pay health workers in the last two months running into the third month. 
Reliable sources close to top government officials in the federal ministry of health confirmed the ministers insistence not to pay health workers arrears of two months salaries in line with no work no pay guidelines. 
In a face of with the President of the NLC,Ayuba Waba,it was confirmed that President Buhari may not be unaware of the decision against the workers in the‎ federal health sector as they insisted, the best practice and policies must be invoked.
The implications of the implementation of the minister's decision will attract another massive strike involving all health sector of the country. Pundits have accused the current minister of health Isaac Adewole in connivance with NMA  had reverted himself to minister of doctors,instead of minister of health to the detriment of the sector.

Efforts by the international bodies saddled with the health programs ‎had warned on the dangers of government playing down on the importance of health to ordinary Nigerians by refusing to pay worker.  The most dangerous signal is the divide and rule tactics adopted between the staffers in the health sectors and skipping chunk of others
It was also confirmed that only the CMD,University of Maiduguri teaching hospital paid the two months arrears after the health workers resumption from strike but was queried by the minister ‎to show course why he will not be sanctioned as sources confirmed of a warning strike of 48 hours after the sallah break/celebrations.
By Yusuf Abubakar
* News / UK: Senior Gynaecologist Is Struck Off For Groping A Midwife's Bottom by katty: June 18, 2018, 09:33:17 AM
A senior gynaecologist who groped a midwife’s bottom as she delivered twins has been struck off. Khaled Ismail, 50, put his hand on the nurse as she waited for the second baby to arrive. She was one of four junior colleagues he targeted over a three-year period.
They were left embarrassed and fearful of reporting him because of his senior position, a tribunal heard.
The midwife told how she felt a ‘slow but gradual pressure’ on her left bottom cheek so she shifted her weight on to her right foot to move away from him only for the same thing to happen again.
Ismail then moved his right leg so his inner thigh was pushing up against the back of her thigh, she said.

The doctor, who was professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, denied touching the four junior colleagues in a sexually motivated manner.
But the hearing upheld the allegations, which happened between 2013 and 2015, and he was banned from the medical profession.
The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester was told Ismail assaulted the midwife as she delivered twins – and that he had no need to even be in the room. She told the tribunal: ‘The way he did it was also very sly and made me question myself.’
Ismail, who qualified at Ain Shams University in Egypt, also ran his little finger up and down the thigh of a PhD student during a meeting to discuss her studies, and, almost three years later, groped her bottom as she assisted him in surgery.
The woman, known as Dr A, said she was left ‘shocked and angry’ after the first incident and called her sister in tears to ‘try and make sense of the situation’. She told the tribunal: ‘This whole experience has destroyed my life.’
The tribunal heard that Ismail, of Market Drayton, Shropshire, also slid his hand up and down another nurse’s thigh in a delivery suite and rubbed a woman’s leg during a meeting.
Ismail denied the incidents, arguing evidence had been ‘contaminated’ and that the women had discussed their allegations with each other.
There were also ‘rumours’ circulating in the Trust at a time when Ismail was excluded relating to his arrest in 2014 for an incident on a train.
The panel noted ‘extensive and impressive testimonials’ provided by his colleagues but found the allegations proven, highlighting the ‘opportunistic’ nature of the incidents.
Claire Duffin | Daily Mail
* News / New Zealand Nurses reject pay offer, demand urgent Mediation to Avert Strike by katty: June 18, 2018, 06:16:33 AM
-Will strike notice within 48 hours which will be the first strike in 30years

Nurses are issuing strike notices after rejecting the latest pay offer from DHBs, but say they hope urgent mediation will avert any industrial action.

New Zealand Nurses Organisation chief executive Memo Musa said the strike notices would be issued within the next 48 hours, but they were also urgently seeking mediation to resolve the issue.

"We've had 10 years of underfunding. We've had three years of seeking settlement, which did not resolve issues of safe staffing and underfunding.

"The outcome today is a strong rejection of the DHB MECA offer.

"We will be issuing notices for strike action within the next 48 hours, but immediately we will go into mediation."

DHBs are vowing to avert strike action, saying they'll do everything they can to settle the employment agreement.

DHB spokesperson Helen Mason said they would go into the urgent mediation nurses wanted.

"Nurses, midwives and health care assistants are a highly respected and valued part of the modern team-based approach to health services, and we are extremely concerned about the threat of industrial action.

"The current offer on the table is an excellent offer, and it's about much more than base pay rates. DHBs are committed to safer staffing, which includes a commitment to an additional 500 nurses to alleviate staffing concerns.

"DHBs have committed to working with NZNO on pay equity and nurses concerns about pay equity."

Mason said the offer would invest an extra half billion dollars in staff and improved working conditions.

She said they had doubled the pay rates from their original offer, so there would be no more money on the table.

"Some of the things that will be important to nurses will be that DHBs meet their commitments on safe staffing and more nurses.

"If we do face strike action on the 5th and 12th of July, DHBs will be deferring all non-urgent services, to reduce demand on the system.

"If the strike goes ahead it will be a really significant national event, there hasn't been a nurses strike in 30 years, and we take that really seriously."

Industrial services manager Cee Payne said nursing and midwifery was an essential service, so negotiations needed to be held urgently to avoid strike action.

"Alongside the setting up of urgent mediation or facilitation, NZNO is surveying members to seek clarity about the specific issues that members require to be addressed.

"Nurses and midwives do not trust that their work environment or patient care will improve in the short term.

"While the revised offer included new funding to address short staffing, concern remains that this may not be enough to make a real difference.

"While the revised offer was substantially improved, compared to the previous one on pay for some members, members have rejected this. There may be concern about the variability of the offered pay increases."

Payne said that the pay equity offer didn't specify how and when the changes would be brought in, which created uncertainty for members."

Payne said many of their members had voted in favour of strike action.

While she wouldn't give out percentages of the vote result, she said there was an exceptionally high turnout.

"We're going to do everything we can to see if we can get an improved offer out of mediation. We have the ability to conduct an online ballot before the 5th of July," Payne said.

"A very significant number have voted to take strike action.

"I'm sure there are a range of opinions just as there are across any organisation of this size in the public sector. But many are committed to strike action."

Payne said that while the latest offer would see top level nurses get a 15.9 per cent raise over three years, all other nurses would only get a 3 per cent raise per year over three years.

She said that if strike action went ahead, NZNO was committed to providing life-preserving services during the action.

Health Minister David Clark said he was disappointed at the nurses' decision.

"Nurses are a vital part of our health workforce and clearly feel they have been undervalued over the last nine years. Their frustration is understandable. This offer goes a long way to address their pay and staffing concerns, but you cannot fix nine years of underfunding in one pay round," he said.

"The deal that's been rejected today is the largest nurses and midwives have been offered since their historic pay jolt 14 years ago under the last Labour-led Government.

"The proposal added an extra two steps for the longest-serving and most experienced nurses and would see most full-time registered nurses earning an extra $10,000 a year within 18 months. That is a far better deal than that offered under National."

Clark said he hoped "cool heads will prevail" and industrial action could be avoided.

"It's important to stress that both DHBs and the Nurses Organisation are absolutely committed to patient safety during any industrial action. As you would expect, DHBs have been planning for the possibility of industrial action and everything will be done to ensure safety remains the top priority. I am advised that contingency plans are well in hand.

"In the meantime I urge the DHBs and the NZNO to continue to work together to find a settlement – it is in everyone's interests that a resolution is found as soon as possible."

Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson said nurses deserved to be pay more and supported NZNO's call for urgent mediation.

"Nurses are totally professional, so for them to reject an offer of 9 per cent over 15 months reveals how undervalued they feel after nine years' squeezing by National," Davidson said.

She said everyday it was becoming clearer the previous government patched its finances together by not just neglecting hospital buildings like Middlemore Hospital, but by underpaying staff who run them and tend to New Zealanders when they need it most.

"Nurses need a significant pay catch-up, but this Government is going to find it challenging to recover nine years of neglect in a single year.

"The nursing profession has been dominated by women and, like many women-dominated professions such as teachers, has been undervalued and underpaid in comparison to male-dominated professions.

"The DHBs have said the latest dispute is not about pay equity but we look forward to that being addressed as soon as practicable," Davidson said.

Musa said strike action was a last resort, but if it went ahead patient safety would be the first priority.

What was on offer:

• All members to get a base level pay rise of 9 per cent (three 3 per cent rises) by August 2019.

• DHB registered nurses and midwives with more than five years' experience to get an additional 6 per cent pay rise by December next year.

• Senior members to get a 10 per cent pay increase (two 3 per cent, one 4 per cent rise) by August 2019.

• All part-time and casual members to get an additional lump sum payment of $2000 by next month.

• On-call allowance will increase from $4.04 to $8 per hour, $6 to $10 on public holidays, by June 2018.

• DHBs to receive a $38 million investment which will allow an extra 500 graduate nurses to be employed effective immediately.

* News / Paul Ryan Honors Nurse Who Refused to Perform Abortions by katty: June 18, 2018, 06:04:14 AM
On June 7th, 2018, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was a featured speaker at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual conference. During his speech, he honored nurse Cathy DeCarlo for standing up for her anti-abortion beliefs and advocating for legislation that ensures other nurses are able to practice according to their deeply held religious and pro-life beliefs. Ryan pointed to her as a shining example of the importance of religious freedom and a symbol of that challenges that the pro-life movement faces.

Risking job security

Nurse DeCarlo’s ordeal began in 2010 when she was asked to assist during an abortion as part of her nursing duties at Mount Sinai hospital. Prior to this incident, DeCarlo had clearly established an understanding with the hospital and her supervisors whereby she could ask to be excused from abortion procedures and a replacement nurse would be found. In fact, when she was first hired, she was assured that she would never have to act against her conscience and perform procedures that directly contradicted her religious beliefs.

On the date in question, DeCarlo claims that her supervisors told her that she would have to assist with abortion or face charges of insubordination. DeCarlo also says that she was told that the mother’s life was an imminent danger, which further complicated the situation. Ultimately, doctors performed the abortion and DeCarlo did not have to participate although she was present and asked to account for the body as part of post-surgery protocol.

Eventually, DeCarlo decided to sue the hospital because she felt she was put in a position where she was forced to choose between following her conscience or losing her job and livelihood. She viewed the incident as both unfair and a violation of federal law. The hospital investigated, which resulted in a hospital-wide policy change that makes it explicitly clear that staff members have a right to act according to their beliefs without being put at risk of losing their jobs.

Conscience Protection Act

In 2017, DeCarlo helped campaign for the Conscience Protection Act. The act would serve as an amendment to the existing Public Health Service Act, which already makes it a violation of federal law for hospitals to discriminate against health care workers who conscientiously object to actively participating in abortions. Proponents of the amendment claim that the current law doesn’t go far enough in providing legal recourse for those who feel they have experienced discrimination. However, Congress doesn’t seem to think the amendment is necessary and claims that the current law is more than protection. The bill has failed to gain much traction since first being introduced.

History of the Faith & Freedom Coalition

Speaker Ryan brought the DeCarlo case back into the spotlight as he voiced his support for conservative issues at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference. This group was founded in 2009 with the goal of uniting Tea Party members and evangelical voters who believe that Christian religious values are an important part of the American fabric. They are strong, outspoken opponents of abortion, medical marijuana and same-sex marriage. The group supports a strong national defense, strict prison sentences and expanding the role of religion in both public education and government. DeCarlo’s case has been used by Speaker Ryan and the group as an example of the type of religious persecution they believe is being aimed at conservative Republicans across the country. 

Whether you agree with the agenda of the Faith & Freedom Coalition or Speaker Ryan’s interpretation of the DeCarlo case, there is an important takeaway from the story. It serves as an important reminder that nurses and hospital staff are protected by federal law against discrimination based on religious beliefs. Any hospital staff member can ask for a replacement and excuse themselves from procedures that violate their conscience. The hospital is legally barred from taking any action against employees who invoke this right. Nurses do not have to compromise their beliefs in the name of carrying out duties.

* News / New Zealand Nurses 'Might' Reject Pay Offer and Begin Strike Next Month by katty: June 17, 2018, 09:49:57 PM
Nurses appear set to reject the Government's pay offer and go on strike next month, the first nationwide industrial action in the sector since the 1980s.

While the results of a vote held by the union's 27,000-strong membership won't be out until later on Monday, registered nurse Danni Wilkinson told The AM Show they will "absolutely" be walking off the job.

"I've spoken to one nurse who was going to vote yes, and everyone else I've spoken to is emphatic - no."

The current offer includes a staggered pay rise of about 9 percent, and a $2000 one-off lump sum. Ms Wilkinson said in May that would only halve the pay gap between here and in Australia

But National Party leader Simon Bridges says it's more than "a mechanic, a hairdresser, a lawyer" will be getting this year.

"I'm all for them getting more wages, but it's got to be with a growing economy. The problem with all this industrial stuff is I think it gets in the way of that."

He told The AM Show National couldn't give nurses significant payrises during National's so-called 'rock-star economy' because of the combined effect of the global financial crisis and the Christchurch earthquakes.

While Mr Bridges thinks they should get paid more, in his view they want too much and are going about getting it in the wrong way.

"They're emboldened because they know they've got their mates in power who've talked a big game with the unions. I predict they'll be holding out for more."

Ms Wilkinson said while National was in power, nurses were encouraged to take what they could get and hope their cause would become an election issue.

"It's been an ongoing problem, so we've fallen further and further behind. Promises haven't been kept and now we're united and everyone's listening to each other, and we've realised it's not just one or two people who are unhappy - we're all unhappy."

The two-day strike is scheduled for July 5 and July 12. Ms Wilkinson says contingencies will be in place for emergencies, and it's "unlikely" anyone will die as a result.

"We will provide life-saving, life-preserving measures. There will still be some nurses available... Doctors will have to fill in the gaps."

Source: Newshub.
* Nursing Jobs / Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) Vacancies– Terra Energy Services Nursing Vacancies by katty: June 17, 2018, 04:50:28 PM
Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) Job Recruitment – Terra Energy Services – Terra Energy Services Nigeria Limited – An indigenous Oil & Gas Company, is recruiting on behalf of Chevron Nigeria Limited, to fill the following vacant positions below in Lagos State:

Job Title: Nurse

Location: Victoria Island, Lagos
Job Type: Contract

Qualifications and Skills

Proven experience as a registered nurse
Excellent knowledge of nursing care methods and procedures
Excellent knowledge of emergency care
In-depth knowledge of health and safety guidelines and procedures (sanitation, decontamination etc.) and willingness to follow them at all times
A team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Responsible and compassionate
Outstanding organizational and multi-tasking skills
Patient with excellent problem-solving skills
B.Sc or other diploma from a Nursing program
Valid nursing license.
Application Closing Date
22nd June, 2018.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidate should send their CV’s to:
* Scholarships / Wellcome’s Master’s Fellowships In Public Health, 2018 In UK by katty: June 16, 2018, 06:44:18 PM
This scheme offers nationals of low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to
receive training at Master’s degree level.


Public health


£120,000 including salary, studentship stipend, fees and research expenses


You can apply for an International Master & Fellowship if:
+ you are a national of a low- or middle-income country your proposed research focuses on a health
priority in a low- or middle-income country
+ you have sponsorship from an eligible host organization in a low- or middle-income country.
You must:
+ hold a clinical or non-clinical undergraduate degree in a relevant subject
+ be at an early stage in your career with limited research experience (but you must have
demonstrated interest in, or aptitude for, research).


31st August, 2018


1. Submit your application
You must submit your application through Grant Tracker.
2. Host organization reviews your application and submits it to us
Your application must be submitted by 17:00 (GMT/ BST) on the deadline day.
3. Scientific review
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