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* News / Ghana : Afia Kobi Ampem Nursing School Faces Closure Over Unsanitary Conditions by katty: Today at 04:48:06 PM
The Environmental Health Director of the Old Tafo Municipality in the Ashanti Region, A.G Offin Boateng, has indicated that his outfit will ensure the closure of the Afia Kobi Ampem Nursing Training School for flouting sanitation laws.
The school is reported to have directed its sewage pipe, to a nearby open drain, dumping faecal matter directly into it at Tafo Nhyiaeso in Kumasi.

Mr. Offin Boateng said they will pray the court to close down the school until the insanitary conditions are addressed.

While complaining about the situation, he said the closure will serve as a deterrent to all residents in the metropolis who engage in similar insanitary practices.
“We had a call from Tafo Nhyiaeso that there was something going on so I quickly dispatched my officers and when they got there, it was a nasty scene. The whole place was scattered with faeces and there was a pipe that was coming from a toilet and discharging into the open drain which flows downstream. This would lead to the outbreak of diseases especially cholera, knowing very well of the coming of the rains.”
“We met with the officer in charge of the school and we are preparing to send him to court to serve as a deterrent. When we get to the court, we will plead with the honourable court to close down the school till such time that sanitation issues are at its best,” he said.
Common practice in Kumasi

Mr. Offin Boateng further expressed worry that many homes in the metropolis directly discharge faecal matter into nearby drains, warning that his outfit will descend heavily on such people.
“It is a common practice in Kumasi that people discharge their effluence and toilet into open drains. We are aware, and this time around we are not going to sleep,” he said.
By: Jonas Nyabor
* News / Full Press Statement of Kenya Nurses Union on KNH Brain Surgery Mix-up Saga by katty: Today at 04:42:56 PM

1. The Union has learnt from social and mainstream media that the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board has released a report on the KNH surgery mix-up exonerating the doctors involved and placing the errors squarely on one of the nurses who was on duty.

2. We have not received the purported report from the Medical Board but as per the media reports we wish to state as follows;-
i. That we are surprised, dismayed and embarrassed by the action of the Director of Medical Services who doubles as the Registrar of the KMPDB and the Pharmacist and Poisons Board, to doctor a report by three regulatory bodies NCK, COC, and KMPDB.
ii. That Dr. Kioko should be investigated on why he doctored the report sneaked alone to the media and purported to blame the nurse.
iii. That Dr. Kioko should produce the actual report that was agreed upon by the three regulatory bodies, because what he released to media was a report he doctored in favour of his colleagues.
iv. That the mix-up at Kenyatta National Hospital is a systemic failure that must be logically addressed instead of apportioning blame on one nurse.
v. Issues of staff shortages, equipment, workers professional participation and representation, congestion, drugs, admissions, operations and discharge procedures should be addressed, wholistically.
vi. WHO has published Operating Team Marking Verification Checklist which must be put in focus when trying to respond to deep rooted systemic and administrative failures of KNH and the entire public Health System, in relation to this issue.
(Read the checklist attached).

3. Finally, we reiterate our position that the Kenya Medical Practitioners & Dentist Board has no professional, legal and constitutional mandate or authority to purport to be investigating nurses and passing verdicts. On the same strength the union challenges the Nursing Council of Kenya to state whether it can summon a doctor to appear before it and if not why are nurses appearing to KMPDB.
Thank you.

Signed By
* Schools of Nursing / School Of Nursing, Federal Teaching Hospital Ido Ekiti 2018 Admission Forms by Idowu Olabode: Today at 12:36:02 PM
 This is to inform the general public that admission forms into the School of Nursing - Federal Teaching Hospital Ido-Ekiti for 2018/2019 academic session is now available for sale online
Candidates must possess a minimum of Five Credits in  WAEC/NECO (SSCE/GCE) which must include Mathematics, English Language, Chemistry, Physics and Biology at not more than two sittings.
• Interested candidates should visit the school official website at
• Click on Register button
• Indicate Candidate's Surname, Othernames, Email, Phone No
• Click submit to generate Payment Invoice
• Follow the instructions on how to pay using available options.
After successful payment, Print your Login Pin to complete your registration
• Click Login or Complete your Registration button to input required data
• Print your Exam Gate pass card and bring it to exam venue
APPLICATION FEE - N11,000.00 (Eleven thousand Naira) only
EXAM VENUE - As stated in the Exam Gate Pass Card
- Please call us on 08034411513, 08073257443 or send your mail to
- No payment should be made to any individual, agent or personal bank account. Beware of fraudsters
Dr. Adekunle Ebenezer Ajayi 
Chief Medical Director
Mrs Ebunola Omoyeni
* News / Kenyan Nursing Association Defends Nurse in Brain Surgery Mix-up Saga by katty: Today at 11:09:55 AM
-Panyako in a press conference said doctors are the last person to see the patient so should have noticed they had the wrong patients
-All patients undergoing surgeries usually have mark at the operative site
-"We will defend the nurse because she is not to blame. This is a systematic failure it's an issue of administrative failure. Everyone must be blamed."

Nurses on Tuesday rejected the Kenya Medical and Practitioners and Dentists Board's report which blamed nurses on duty for the KNH surgery mix-up.

KNUN Secretary General Seth Panyako said it was not nurses' fault that a patient ended up being misidentified at the facility.

"Patient identification starts at the records department. The first person responsible is the records department," Panyako said.

Last week, the medical board cleared Dr Hudson Ng’ang’a and Dr Mose Moraa but indicted nurse Mary Wahome whose competency it said should be tested by the nurses' council.

Panyako, however, maintained that the doctors were the last people who were in contact with the patient and should have noticed they had the wrong patient in the operating room.

He claimed that the report released by the board was doctored by the director of medical services to save doctors from being investigated.

The union official said patients slated for operation always bear marks on the area they are supposed to be operated on.

"The mark is checked by the operating doctor. It is put in place by the operating surgeon and confirm the procedure to be performed," Panyako said.

While addressing members of the press in Nairobi, the union leader said the blame should be squarely laid on the entire operating team, including the anaesthetist.

"We will defend the nurse because she is not to blame. This is a systematic failure it's an issue of administrative failure. Everyone must be blamed."

"We are yet to receive the report from the medical board. We will write to the nursing council not to investigate the nurse being blamed for the brain surgery mix up," he added.

Panyako said if their request is not granted, they will move to court.

He said apart from the current crisis, some of the systematic issues ailing KNH include staff shortage, old equipment and over- crowding congestion.

Meanwhile, the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists' Board said it will conduct fresh investigations into the surgery mix-up.

CEO Daniel Yumbya told the Parliamentary Health Committee that the report released last week exonerating the doctors was preliminary.

Patients, KNH management and medics involved will be invited to give evidence before a report is released on April 10.

Source : Kenya Star
* News / Robbers Abduct, Rape UNIMAID Final Year Nursing Student, Bath Her with Chemical by katty: Today at 10:49:07 AM
A final year student of the Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, University of Maiduguri, Fatimah Abu, is in a critical condition at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Gwange, after she was reportedly robbed, raped and bathed with chemicals by suspected robbers.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the 24-year-old had boarded a tricycle at her school’s park on Friday en route to her residence when she was abducted by the men.
The two robbers allegedly took turns to rape her in a bush and poured chemicals on her body.

The chemicals reportedly caused blisters and burns on different parts of her skin.
Our correspondent learnt that the victim’s purse, containing her phone and some money, was taken away by the suspects, who dumped her by the roadside.
The victim, upon regaining consciousness, reportedly flagged down a tricycle rider, who took her to the Dandal Police Station.
The police then rushed her to the state specialist hospital, Maiduguri.
The victim’s friend, Musa Alkali, said she could not identify her assailants.
He claimed that the victim was bathed with acid.
He said, “She is a 500 level student of the Department of Nursing, UNIMAID. She lives at the Federal Low Cost area and had boarded a tricycle from the university’s park.
“That was the last thing that she said she could remember. She just woke up around a cemetery in the Gwange area with acid on her face. Her legs and different parts of her body were affected.
“She stopped a Keke Napep (tricycle) rider who took her to the Dandal Police Station. She managed to come down from the tricycle and collapsed. She was taken to the state specialist hospital from where she was transferred to the UNIMAID Teaching Hospital.
“From what her sister told me, the robbers raped her and collected her phone and purse. The assailants were two in number. She said she boarded the tricycle around 5pm.”
Alkali said while he suspected that the attack might not be the handiwork of ordinary robbers, he could not tell if Fatimah had any problem with anyone.
He noted that the school’s park was usually crowded around the time she boarded the tricycle.
“We hope that when she recovers, she will give further information on the attack,” he added.
Alkali told PUNCH Metro that Fatimah, who hailed from the Biu Local Government Area of Borno State, was in dire need of medical assistance as the family could not afford to raise money for her treatment.
The victim’s sister, Zara, while wondering what could have triggered the attack, told our correspondent that Fatimah was an easy-going woman.
She also maintained that acid was poured on her.
“She is my younger sister and I have been sleeping at the hospital since she was admitted. She cannot talk much because the acid affected her mouth as well. She does not know those people (responsible for the attack). She is innocent. She does not  quarrel with anybody. Even her classmates testified to it,” she said.
Zara urged the police to identify, arrest and punish the culprits.
The UNIMAID Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Ahmed, said he was aware of the incident, adding that he could not comment because the incident happened outside the school.
He said, “I am aware because I saw it on the television and the state Commissioner of Police commented on it. When something happens outside the university, I cannot comment. I just arrived from a journey and if I will say anything, I will need to get back to the school to make more findings.”
The spokesperson for the UNIMAID Teaching Hospital, Mabruka Gaji, said she had scanty information on the incident.
She promised to send the contact of the Chief Information Officer of the hospital, Ibraham Abacha, but she did not as of press time.
The state Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, told our correspondent that acid was not poured on the victim, saying the police were on the trail of the suspects.
He said, “On the day of the incident, she said she went to a bank for a transaction and after she was done, she came out and boarded a tricycle. She said there were two other passengers in the tricycle and she sat in their midst.
“She said along the way, one of them came down, remaining her and another passenger. She said suddenly, the passenger brought out an handkerchief which he started waiving. She said she suddenly lost consciousness.
“According to her, she was sexually assaulted. She found herself around a railway line and she managed to get a Keke Napep which took her to the Dandal Police Station. There was no physical pouring of acid. It was the handkerchief which probably contained some chemicals that affected her skin and later degenerated into blisters. The blisters then turned to burns. With this information, we have spread our dragnets and we are on the trail of the suspects.”
By: Samson Folarin
The Punch News
* News / Nurse of 40 years trades stethoscope for stand-up comedy by katty: March 19, 2018, 06:38:24 PM
Wangaratta nurse Judi Walker came out of a comedy show and thought “I can do that”.

“I walked and decided the comedian only spoke for an hour and thougth I’ve got a lot to say and some stories to tell,” she said.

“Within a week I was searching for a venue and putting s show together.”

Having been a nurse for more than 40 years, she is not short of material and is bringing her show Giddy Up Nursee! to the Engine Room Bendigo on April 20.

“My first show was in a Tafe auditorum for 150 people and it sold out. Then I took it to Mooroopna where I trained and had more than 200 people in a wonderful crowd,” she said.

“I’ve always said I was happiest with a mic in hand. I’m sure that’s not everyone’s experience but I have always loved drama and public speaking.

She put her show’s popularity down to nurses having a quirky sense of humour.

“It’s that irreverent sense of humour and cheekiness,” she said.

“It’s not blatantly crude and there’s no foul language, which seems to be a standard for a lot of comedians.

“Everybody can relate to it because they have either been a nurse or been to a hospital.”

Walker said topics in her show range from bodily functions to nurse frustrations and changing technologies.

She studied to be a nurse after deciding against being a secretary or a teacher.

“Nursing wasn't an ambition. I got to the end of year 12 and was going to be a secretary, a teacher or a nurse,” she said.

“I couldn’t type so secretary was out and a girlfriend of mine was going into nursing at Mooroopna, which was close to home.

“It’s been hugely rewarding. I love interacting with people and would go mad if I was in a shop or office waiting for people to come to me. I love the fact there is a great sense of achievement.”

Before stand-up comedy, Walker published two books of poetry with one titled Nursee Rhymes: Have You Seen My Uterus.

“Some of the poetry is woven into the show,” she said.

“But stand-up took a lot of courage. If I had of stopped to think what I was doing, I would have deemed it too risky.

“The only thing that would have stopped me was the fear of making fool of myself and I thought that wasn’t a good enough reason.

“I just decided to step out and have a go.”

Judi Walker’s Giddy Up Nursee is at the Engine Room in Bendigo on April 20.

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* Nursing Jobs / Maimuna & Usman Yahaya Foundation Vacancies for Nurses by katty: March 19, 2018, 03:50:04 PM
The Maimuna & Usman Yahaya Foundation is a non-profit organization set up with the aim of providing opportunities for the under-served population in the rural communities especially in the areas of health-care, education, women and youth empowerment.
We are funded by personal and donor funds. We are motivated by patriotic and humanitarian zeal for the sustenance of humanity. We live and serve humanity with our capacity and resources.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Position: Nurse
Location/State: Ankpa, Kogi
Interested candidates should possess relevant qualifications.
Application Closing Date
Not Specified.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Credential's to:
* Upcoming Conference / UGONSA 2018 National Conference And Scientific Update Call for Abstracts by katty: March 19, 2018, 03:47:39 PM
The University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), also known as Graduate Nurses Association of Nigeria (GNAN) will hold its 19th National Professional Conference and Scientific Update from Monday 1st October to Friday 5th October, 2018 at Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria. UGONSA cordially invites every Nurse to submit an abstract in research, project, dissertation, thesis, or theoretical/conceptual framework to be considered for presentation at conference. Please, note that project papers should include best evidence-based practices.


TAG: The conference shall be used to champion the course for proper placement of Graduates of Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Ns) degree at par with their counterparts in other core healthcare disciplines and is therefore tagged “PROPER PLACEMENT SUMMIT”. 

Submission Deadline
Materials must be received by UGONSA no later than 12 Midnight on Tuesday July 31, 2018. No extension will be granted. Materials should be submitted electronically, in Microsoft words format, through the UGONSA official email address,

Abstract Review and Selection Process
After the submission deadline, all completed and eligible abstracts will be made available to UGONSA Abstract Reviewers (AR) for blinded review, vetting and scoring following satisfaction of originality index test. Final decision will be made by the programme committee in late August, 2018.
Abstracts will be evaluated and scored solely on their scientific merits.
Incomplete Abstracts will not be reviewed.
Likewise, any material that fails the originality index test will be regarded as a plagiarized work and will accordingly be rejected.

Acceptance/Rejection Notification
Notification regarding acceptance or rejection of abstracts will be sent to the presenting author in early August, 2018 by email; consequently, an accurate email address is critical. If your abstract is accepted, the email will specify whether it is accepted for presentation at the plenary session or whether it has been selected to be published in our journal and online on our website only.  If you submitted an abstract and did not receive any notification at this specified time, you should send us an email via or visit our site, , and fill the contact form.
If after completing your submission, you did not receive a confirmation email from UGONSA within 72 hours, you should contact us as stated above.

Abstract Submission Fee: Not Applicable

Conference Registration fee and Accommodation
The Conference schedule and registration modalities will be on the conference posters and fliers that will be circulated round the country by August 2018. Registration fee is N10, 000 (ten thousand naira) for Graduates and N5000 (five thousand naira) for undergraduates. Fee shall cover conference T-shirt, bag, Materials and meals (breakfast and lunch) only. Accommodation shall be paid for by each of the participants. UGONSA shall bargain and arrange for decent and affordable hotel accommodation in Kaduna within the price range of N2000 (two thousand naira) to N7000 (seven thousand naira) per night to make cost of lodging minimal and considerate for participants.

Conference Programme
The onsite printed programme will include the specific time for each abstract presentation and the name of the moderator for each session. Abstracts may list multiple study authors.

Presentation at the Conference
The presentation at the conference must reflect submitted abstract. In particular, the abstract title, authorship, and scientific content of the presentation at the conference must match the submitted abstract, although updates on results may be added.

Guidelines for Paper Presentation at the Conference
Paper must not exceed 15 pages, including tables and references, and should be typed double line space on A4-sized paper

APA referencing format, 7th edition, should be used.
UGONSA shall make hard copies available to participants during conference. Paper should include cover page with title, author’s/authors’ name(s), institutional affiliation, and email address.

Each submitter will be notified about the programme committee’s decision on acceptance of an abstract. Each author shall be asked to accept the invitation to present. Presenters must take very seriously their commitment to make presentations, except in cases of true emergency. In such case UGONSA shall publish an errata sheet to be distributed with the proceedings indicating the names of individuals and their abstract titles that have been listed for presentation but would no longer be presented at the conference.  If a scheduled presenter failed to show-up for reasons other than the aforementioned, such shall attract blacklisting which shall cause UGONSA to refuse to accept subsequent works from the affected author in the future.

Abstract Withdrawal
Once an abstract is accepted, a written request to withdraw must be submitted no later than September 5th 2018 through if the author decides to withdraw the abstract for any reason. Abstracts will not be withdrawn after this deadline.
UGONSA reserves the right to withdraw abstracts that are in violation of the Association’s policies and guidelines, such as those that have failed the originality index test for plagiarism, or have been deemed scientifically unsound, or have been found to include inaccurate data, etc.

For further inquiry, Kindly contact:
University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), CAC/IT/69387
C/O National Secretary
Main Theatre Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki,
Ebonyi State Nigeria.
Phone: +2348065585953

* News / Malawi: Three Nurses Suspended for Negligence in Phalombe by katty: March 19, 2018, 01:40:30 PM
Phalombe district council has suspended three nurses from Phalombe Health Centre on allegations that they denied a woman in labor access to the labor ward.

The three nurses are Maureen Chilikutali, Mphatso Chanza and Mercy Sonjera and have since been put on half pay.

The development comes nearly two months after a published report indicating that an 18-year-old woman Alinafe Mtsinje was denied access to labor ward while experiencing labor pain, on grounds that the room was being mopped.

Mtsinje, who comes from Filisi Village in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Kaduya, consequently delivered her first-born son in a bathroom drainage at the health center. This was after her two attempts to find her way into the labour ward to be assisted by qualified nurses proved futile.

Speaking in an interview after communicating the suspension, District Commissioner (DC) for Phalombe Gossam Mafuta said the council had suspended the three nurses pending further investigations on the matter.

"We were saddened to learn about the story because as a district council, we thought this is not the type of medical attention expectant women should get," Mafuta said.

He added that the conduct of the three could have caused two deaths, the woman and her baby, if it wasn't for elderly women who assisted the girl to deliver her child.

Added Mafuta: "Our fear is that such conduct by health personnel would prevent expectant women from delivering at health facilities with the assistance of qualified midwife nurses."

Spokesperson for Phalombe District Health Office (DHO), Daniel Chilomo confirmed the development saying the hospital's administration has so far facilitated their leave of office.

According to Chilomo, the suspended nurses have complied with the suspension without any challenge.

Source :Nyasa Times
* Nursing Jobs / Pediatric Nurse Vacancies in Lagos Nigeria by katty: March 19, 2018, 01:36:14 PM
A female general or Pediatric Nurse with a minimum of 3-5 years experience, who lives in Lagos, is currently needed at a Pediatric Hospital in Lekki, Lagos.
Method of application:
Interested applicants should forward their CV to
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