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* News / Zimbabwe: Govt appreciates nurses' work despite challenges by katty: Today at 09:18:33 AM
The government appreciates the works of nurses despite challenges associated with their work which they face, The Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Obadiah Moyo has said.

This came to light recently when Minister Moyo was officiating at the 60th nurses graduation ceremony for Harare Central Hospital.


 
Moyo said despite the challenges faced by nurses such as shortages of resources like medicines, nurses immensely play an important part in the nation's health sector.

"I am also pleased to inform you that the government is aware of the critical role nurses play in our health delivery system, especially given the challenges of shortages of resources...," he said.

Moyo said nurses have really helped in the treating of current diseases such as cholera which have emerged.

"... the emerging new diseases and the upsurge of Non Communicable Diseases which are being treated in our health institutions country wide," said Moyo.

The minister also said people must join hands in order to meet the goals of the millennium development which was supposed to be a done deal by now.

"However, there is need for multisectoral collaboration and commitment to achieve the millenium development goals which were supposed to have been achieved by the year 2015," he said.

Moyo said the goals can only be fulfilled by well trained and obligated nurses.

"I am appealing to these graduands to play a pivotal role in achieving these long awaited for goals because they can only be achieved by well trained, knowledgeable committed and skilled nurses and midwives," he said.

The School of Nursing at Harare Central Hospital has four programmes which include Registered General Nurses, Intensive and Coronary Care Nurses, Operating Theatre Nurses and an Advanced Diploma in Neonatal Intensive and Paediatric Care Nurses.

Credit: Bulawayo24
* News / Ernest James Grant: First Male President of The American Nurses Association by katty: Today at 09:16:08 AM
A nurse from North Carolina's Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill will make history when he takes over as the president of the American Nurses Association in January. He is the first man to ever hold the position.
 
"This is an extreme personal honor," said Ernest Grant who has a Ph.D. in nursing. "I feel very privileged, very blessed. I know that I stand on the shoulders of giants, people who have come before me."
 
Grant ran for the position and was elected, overwhelmingly, by his colleagues after serving as vice president of the organization, which represents the interests of more than 4 million nurses nationwide.
 
"It only seemed natural to take the next step and essentially break the glass ceiling," he said.
 
Grant will use his term to try to solve many issues he feels are hurting the nursing profession, including a potential nursing shortage.
 
"One of the things is getting them to see the nursing profession as a professional career," Grant said. "I think in the past people viewed nursing not necessarily as a profession."
 
He is also hoping to break stereotypes associated with being a male in nursing. He wants people to refer to him as a nurse, not as a "male nurse."
 
"I know that there will be a lot of eyes on me just to see how will the first male president of ANA, how successful will he be?" he said.
 
Grant is a recognized expert on burn care and is in charge of burn-care training for doctors, nurses and other health care professionals at the Jaycee Burn Center. He also teaches at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing.
 
In 2002, President George W. Bush gave Grant a Nurse of the Year Award for his work treating burn victims from the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York.
 
He received his bachelor's degree from North Carolina Central University and his master's and doctorate from UNC-Greensboro.
 
BIOGRAPHY: Ernest J. Grant
Ernest Grant, RN, MSN first African American male president of the North Carolina Nurse Association -  2010-2011.
It's challenging and rewarding to make a difference in someone's life every day, even if it's a transition from this life to the next.  I read once that 'nursing is the foundation of health care,' and it truly is. We are there 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We're the ones the family remembers. We're making a difference.   
Ernest Grant, RN, MSN,  Nursing Leader and Fire Safety Expert
Ernest James Grant was born on October 6, 1958 in Swannanoa, NC, a small rural town in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  When Ernest was a boy, segregation ruled in education, housing and employment.  However, Grant recalls his childhood warmly.
 
It was a great town – like the fictional Mayberry – where you could leave your home unlocked and your keys in the car ….It also was a town that epitomized the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child,” My mother worked in the post office, and she knew everyone. I couldn’t get in trouble without her finding out. It was worse than being the preacher’s kid,

The youngest of seven children, Grant was 5 years old when his father died, leaving his mother as the sole parent.  The Grant family and local community provided strong emotional and spiritual support, but had little money for his education.  In high school, Grant became interested in a career in health care so his high school guidance counselor urged him to start out in an LPN program.  Grant heeded her advice and in the fall of 1976, began his long and illustrious career in nursing as a student at the Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College’s (A-B Tech) Licensed Practical Nursing program.  Grant may have been the first African American male to graduate from this program.
 
If it wasn’t for the community college system, I would not be where I am today. It was a leg up to continue my education. I went to one-year nursing program and decided that I really loved nursing.
 
Grant moved to Chapel Hill in the early 1980s and began work at the JayCee Burn Center at North Carolina Memorial Hospital. He found his life’s calling.
 
Even in his first months as a burn nurse, he was struck by the need for prevention. He remembers one toddler in particular who was about the same age as his nephew. The child had been underfoot in the kitchen as his mother prepared dinner — chicken fried in a pot of hot oil. When she turned away for a moment, the child pulled the pot of hot grease down on top of himself, sustaining deep, life-threatening burns. Most burn nurses will tell you that for almost every burn injury, they can clearly see the possibility of prevention. Grant became a man with a mission.  http://www2.nursingspectrum.com/articles/article.cfm?aid=6517
 
Knowing he wanted to provide more services than his LPN credential would allow, Grant returned to school earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from North Carolina Central University in 1985 and a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree from UNC-Greensboro in 1993.
 
While provide excellent clinical care for burn victims, Grant knew more could be done to prevent burn injuries and deaths.  He became a statewide, and later national and international leader in burn prevention education and policy advocacy.  An article in the Nurseweek Magazine (2002)  http://www2.nursingspectrum.com/articles/print.html?AID=6517 )  listed Grant’s achievements in fire safety in North Carolina up to that time:
 
Grant lobbied the state legislature, citing data from a five-year study, for the revision of a law passed in 1993 that allowed the sale of fireworks to all people of all ages. The law now restricts sale to those age 16 and older, and Grant continues to work on tighter restrictions.
Grant successfully lobbied the North Carolina Legislature to pass a bill mandating that hot water heaters be preset to 120 F and labeled with information about preventing scalds.
He piloted and widely disseminated the LNTB program throughout North Carolina and other areas of the Southeast.
Grant helped design and implemented the “Remember-ing When” program for seniors, a fall and fire prevention initiative that uses games and group work to teach safety to senior citizens.
He developed a long-term National Burn Awareness Campaign that focuses on different burn prevention topics each year, such as prevention of camping and recreational burns, gasoline injuries, and scald injuries.
 
Grant led the effort to pass the Fire-Safe Cigarette Act in 2007, which requires that only “fire-safe” cigarettes be sold in North Carolina. Grant, at 6 feet, five inches, is best known to young school children in North Carolina when he dresses up as Sparky the Fire Dog and gives fire safety lesson in their classroom.
         
For over twenty years, Grant has coordinated the nationally acclaimed burn prevention outreach programs at the JayCee Burn Center in Chapel Hill. Each year he personally educates several thousand citizens.  Grant is on the road most of the week, bringing awareness to burn prevention through fire safety seminars, health fairs, visits to civic organizations and coalitions with fire safety professionals at the state, national and international levels. He is invited to give upwards of 150 presentations this year.  As full as his schedule is today Grant still maintains his skill as an expert clinician and arranges and supervises learning experiences for student nurses, first responders, and paramedics from across the state.  In addition to his clinical, educational and public policy work in burn prevention in North Carolina, Grant regularly teaches burn management to the military at Ft. Sam Huston, TX. Following Sept. 11, 2001, he volunteered in the burn center at The Burn Center, New York Weill Cornell Medical Center-New York Presbyterian Hospital and cared for patients injured during the attacks on the World Trade Center. For 10 days straight, he worked 12-hour night shifts.  For over a decade Grant has served as a consultant to the government in South Africa preparing fire safety curricula for children, adults and senior citizens and advising the Congress on burn prevention law and policies.     
 
Grant’s passion for fire safety is rivaled by his passion for professional nursing.  He has been active in a variety of professional nursing organizations at the local, state, and national level.  Grant has served on almost every committee and held almost every office in the North Carolina Nurses Association including becoming the first African American male President in 2010.  His leadership involvement at the national level includes his tenure on the American Nurses Association Board of Directors, 2004 – 2008 and the Board of Directors of the American Nurses Credentialing Center from 2004 -2007.  He has been an active member of the American Association of Men in Nursing, serving as a role model for young men of color entering the profession.  In 2011 he was inducted into the prestigious Fellowship of the American Academy in Nursing. 
 
Grant is a sought after speaker, and has written several articles for professional journals. In addition to his nursing activities, Grant is also busy in fire safety organizations.  In 2012 he served as the First Vice Chair of the National Fire Protection Association Board of Directors.  He is also involved in several church ministries and sings in an award-winning gospel choir.
 
Grant has earned numerous awards during his career including:     
 
2001 -  Nurse of the Year Award from President George W. Bush for his work treating burn victims at the Cornell Burn Center near the World Trade Center site.
 
2002  - American Nurses Association (ANA) Honorary Nursing Practice Award
 
2002-  Nursing Spectrum’s Nurse of the Year
 
2003 – UNC-Greensboro Alumnus of the Year Award
 
2011-   Inducted into the Fellowship of the American Academy of Nursing
 
Grant has many aspirations for the future.  He is enrolled in a doctoral program in nursing at UNC-Greensboro and is considering both more involvement in politics and seeking the Presidency of the American Nurse Association.  Wherever the future takes him, his priorities will remain the health and well being of all people.  When asked to describe himself for a recent magazine article, he modestly replied “I consider myself a preventionist”.
 
Source: http://www.aacc.nche.edu/About/Awards/oaa/Pages/egrant.as
* News / Harare Hospital To Enrol Only 35 Trainee Nurses As Tutors Quit Nursing School by katty: October 21, 2018, 09:19:10 PM
Zimbabwe: Harare Central Hospital has cut its student nurse intake numbers in half from 72 to 35 and will now take students with passes in a single sitting as the hospital is facing a shortage of tutors, an official has said.

Speaking at the Harare Hospital school of nursing and midwifery graduation and prize giving ceremony, Harare Hospital Chief Executive Officer Nyasha Masuka said the shortage of tutors has resulted in change of policy.

“One of the major issues that I would like everyone to know is that we have a shortage of tutors which has opted a change in policy in terms of recruitment of nurse trainees.

For Harare Hospital, for example, we will be selecting those with at least two advanced levels and passes in ordinary levels.”

Masuka said the Zimbabwe Nurse’s Council did investigations and discovered that qualifications might have been compromised.

Masuka however said the country was facing a shortage of nurses.

“But as you know we have a serious shortage of nurses in this country and our nurse population ratio is very low so we need more numbers of these nurses especially for care of children and maternity.”

Speaking at the same occasion, Health and Child Care Minister Moyo concurred with Msuka saying the change in policy would help bring well qualified nurses.

A total of 276 students from different categories ranging from registered general nurses, intensive and coronary care nurses, midwifes, theatre nurses and pediatric nurses graduated.

Zimbabwe Eye
* News / Driving Instructor Tries to Rape Sleeping Nurse in Dubai by katty: October 21, 2018, 07:21:14 AM
A driving instructor has been accused of luring his co-worker out of his house and then trespassing into the latter’s residence where he attempted to rape his wife.

An Indian electrician, who works at a driving school, was said to have received a phone call from his countryman, a 46-year-old driving instructor, who asked him to come over for a driving lesson in July.

The electrician, who had been scheduled to sit for a driving test soon, agreed and went out to meet the instructor, according to records, for a lesson at night.

The instructor asked the electrician to pull over after 200 meters and pardoned himself to go for prayer.

The electrician drove on his own for a period before his wife, a nurse called him up and alleged that the driving instructor had trespassed into the house and tried to have sex with her.

The Indian couple reported the matter to the police who apprehended the instructor.

Prosecutors accused the suspect of trespassing into the nurse’s bedroom, getting undressed and attempting to rape her.

According to the charge sheet, prosecutors said the nurse foiled the suspect’s bid to rape her when she outsmarted him and resisted him.

The suspect pleaded not guilty and refuted his charges when he appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Thursday.

“No I did not,” he told presiding judge Habib Awad.

The nurse testified to prosecutors that the incident happened around 3.30am in her bedroom.

“I was sleeping when I felt someone slipping into bed and then sleeping over me. At first I thought it was my husband. The person started removing my dress but when I opened my eyes, I realised that it was the suspect. I pushed him off me instantly. When I tried to shout and he put his hand on my mouth to muzzle me, I bit his palm and pushed him away. I asked him to give me a chance to breathe and I would do what he wanted as he stayed in the bedroom. As he sat on the side of the bed, I asked him to allow me to drink water but he refused and pinned me down on the bed. When he tried to undress me, I shouted and resisted him. He ran away and I called my husband. The suspect had removed his shirt when he trespassed into the room,” she claimed to prosecutors.

The electrician confirmed his wife’s statement and testified to prosecutors: “The suspect told me to meet him for a driving lesson then he asked me to drop him near a mosque when he claimed that he had to pray. Later my wife called me and told me what had happened.”

The court will appoint a lawyer to defend the suspect when it reconvenes on October 29.
Source:https://m.gulfnews.com/news/uae/courts/driving-instructor-tries-to-rape-sleeping-nurse-1.2291765
* News / Killing of Aid Workers in Nigeria is a Sickening Situation for Humanity by katty: October 20, 2018, 08:23:52 PM
MANY have died at the hands of their abductors, but not many were young, female medical workers.

The International Committee of the Red Cross has had personnel present in nearly every conflict zone for decades but never before has it had two of its young healthcare workers killed execution-style back-to-back.

It’s a sickening situation for humanity and a crippling blow for healthcare in conflict zones.

Hauwa Mohammed Liman, 24, worked in a hospital supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) when she was abducted March 1 in Rann, Nigeria. She appears to have been killed by her captors on Monday.


 
The slaying follows a similar execution-style killing last month of Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, a 25-year-old ICRC midwife, also by ISWAP, or Islamic State’s West African province group.

I am ICRC’s director for Africa, and I understand the tension that exists between different belief systems. I am part Nigerian and part Swiss, and though I am not Muslim, some of my family members in Nigeria are.

What I can’t understand is an ideology that can justify the execution of young, female healthcare workers. They were midwives, bringing new life into the world. They were daughters and sisters, and one was a wife and mother. They have no part in the conflict.

When women choose to work in the healthcare field in rural northern Nigeria, it’s not a simple decision. The entire family– especially husbands and fathers — would have had to agree, and this is an important point for both the families and the wider communities.

Saifura was a devoted mother and midwife. Those who knew her said she adored her two children, a two-year-old boy, and a five-year-old girl, who have not been able to comprehend their mother’s absence. Hauwa, also a dedicated professional, made the personal sacrifice to move away from her family and help the community in Rann.

We often see health workers choose the relative safety of large cities. But that leaves rural areas — like Rann — with lean medical expertise. So when health personnel such as Hauwa and Saifura choose to work in a rural region, they deserve our gratitude and everyone’s respect.


 
Violence against healthcare is a trend the ICRC has kept a worried eye on in conflicts globally.

Nigeria isn’t even the only country in Africa where the ICRC faces a hostage situation; one of our nurses, a German national, was kidnapped in Somalia in May.

More broadly, health facilities in conflict zones like South Sudan, Yemen and Syria have been directly attacked, cutting off communities from the care they desperately need.

As a humanitarian professional, I’m good at focusing on the work that needs to be done, but I sometimes can’t help but wonder: How would I behave as a hostage? What was Hauwa going through in her final days, knowing Saifura had already been killed? Did she know we were doing everything we could to win her release?

I think about other victims in Nigeria, the Chibok girls, and abducted women and girls forced into carrying out suicide bombings. Some hostages have come back pregnant — will their communities accept them?


 
I am heartbroken by the deaths of these two women. But I also wonder where this intense anger comes from that would allow someone to kill a young midwife. To fight and kill an enemy is one thing, but why stage an execution to kill women helping the community? What can humanitarian organizations do in the face of such anger?

The laws of war exist to prevent or keep to a minimum atrocities and cycles of violence. Even when the laws of war fail an individual, we must insist on their value and continue to work to advance adherence to them.

Without the laws of war, we could face violence without end. We need to collectively stand for these and give humanity a chance.

I cling to the hope that the world will do better in the future.

Source: https://www.icirnigeria.org/killing-of-aid-workers-in-nigeria-is-a-sickening-situation-for-humanity/
* News / Nurses and Midwives in Ghana Undergo Fire-fighting Training by katty: October 20, 2018, 05:59:31 PM
A total of 120 staff of the Ghana Nursing and Midwifery Council (N&MC) in addition to scores of National Service Personnel have undergone a day’s fire training exercise as part of measures to equip them on some fire safety measures.

The training was facilitated by personnel from the Legon Station Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), in Accra and covered the theory and practical rudiments of fighting fire.



Speaking on the rational for the exercise, Mr Felix Nyonte, the Registrar N&MC explained that the training was to equip Staff with the basic fire prevention methods especially at the work place and fire outbreaks could be prevented with adequate training.

Mr Nyonte praised the facilitators for the practical way they educated the Staff and requested the GNFS to regularly make such training programmes available for staff, to secure life and property.

The Divisional Officer One (DO1) Madam Harriet Anyeley Nunoo, District Fire Officer of the University of Ghana Fire Station, Legon, advised that every home and workplace should have an appropriate fire extinguisher.

She said that the extinguisher could be used at the initial stages of fire to avoid escalation and subsequent damage to lives and property.

DO1 Nunoo explained that although an extinguisher may be seen as expensive, it was a good investment considering the cost of damage caused by fire outbreak.Other officials of the GNFS also advised Staff to avoid overloading their main sockets and extension boards as that could cause overheating and subsequently trigger a fire outbreak, adding that although extension boards may have spaces to plug in enough appliances, it was not always safe to do so.

Staff of the Council who took part in the training expressed gratitude to the authorities of the Fire Service and Management of the Council for providing the training programme.

They noted that it was important everyone remained vigilant to ensure that their emergency exits were clear of any obstruction at all times for a safe and quick evacuation in case of any emergency.

Source : GNA
* News / Zimbabwe: Residents are Angry with Nurses for Using Mobile Phones at Work by katty: October 20, 2018, 05:55:16 PM
UNITED Chiredzi Residents and Ratepayers Association (UCHIRRA) has threatened to demonstrate over the use of mobile phones by nurses during working hours, a habit the residents said could lead to loss of life.

The association has since written to the hospital superintendent, David Tarumbwa, complaining that nurses were constantly on WhatsApp. In a letter that was gleaned by NewsDay and copied to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Member of Parliament for Chiredzi West Constituency, District Administrator, Musasa Project and President’s Office, UCHIRRA threatened to demonstrate if nurses continued to use phones during working hours while ignoring patients.

“We write to your office expressing great displeasure over the conduct and attitude of your staff towards patients (residents) seeking medical attention at Chiredzi General Hospital. Our office has received numerous unpleasant complaints of negligence of duty by your staff due to cell phone use (WhatsApp) during working hours while ignoring patients requiring urgent medical attention,” reads part of the letter.

“The worst report at the hospital was from the maternity ward where negligence is said to be rife, leading to loss of lives during child birth.”

UCHIRRA secretary-general, Bernard Dachi, said there was a report of HIV patients who were turned away without their supply of ARVs because they did not have counter books as patients’ cards and another woman who gave birth just outside the ward. Tarumbwa confirmed receiving the letter, but went on to say it was too general.

“I was in the process of responding to the letter but basically it is too general. It’s not specific. I think for us to take immediate action we need something that is specific. For example the issue of a baby that was delivered outside is something that we can investigate and if anyone is found wanting, appropriate action will be taken,” he said.

“Denying anyone medication is a chargeable offence and anyone caught doing that will be charged and discharged. I urge patients or relatives to come forward with their issue so that we improve our service delivery.”

Source : Newsday
* News / Nurses Declare Three-day Mourning for Health Workers Murdered by Boko Haram by katty: October 20, 2018, 04:40:05 AM
The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has declared a three-day mourning period for the late Saifura Hussain Ahmed, a midwife, and another health worker, Hauwa Liman, who was recently killed by the Boko Haram sect.

NANNM also called on the federal government to do everything humanly possible to secure the release of a nurse, Alice Loksha, who was abducted a few weeks ago and is currently held by the terrorist group.



NANNM also asked members across the country to embark on three-day prayer and fasting for “the safe return of all our members who are presently in horrible situations of captivity in different parts of the country.”

Besides, they are to wear black armbands within the period.

The President of NANNM, Abdulrafiu Adeniji, who made the call at a media briefing in Abuja yesterday, regretted that nurses and other health workers have become victims of crossfire in different parts of the country.

“The spate of kidnapping, maiming, raping, dehumanizing activities are becoming too much, unfortunately targeted at a group of innocent and peace loving, harbinger of comfort and those who work relentlessly to alleviate suffering and soothing frail nerves.

“The leadership of NANNM is concerned about the gruesome killings in terrorist ridden areas of North Eastern Nigeria, those who are victims of communal and civil wars even in the North West and North Central.

“Indeed, there seem to be no safe haven for Nigerian nurses where abduction and kidnapping are not rampant, (where) assault, rape and battery cannot be totally ruled out,” Adeniji lamented.

He therefore called on the Federal Government to provide special protection for nurses and midwives and other health professionals.

The NANNM President further appealed to the federal government to immortalise health workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

He also called on the international community to intervene in the crisis in the North East and bring the federal government and the terrorist group to a round table in order to resolve their disagreements so as to restore peace in the region.

NANNM president also appealed to terrorist groups in Nigeria “to please consider the prayers of Nigerians and international community to have a rethink and end the abductions and brutal killings.”
Source : The  Nation Newspaper
* News / Anger Grows Over Boko Haram's Murder of Nurses by katty: October 19, 2018, 05:36:10 PM
THERE is global outrage after the Nigerian terror group, Boko Haram, killed another aid worker it kidnapped earlier this year.

Aid worker Hauwa Mohammed Liman (24), who worked as a nurse for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in north-east Nigeria, had been held hostage since March.

She was abducted in an attack in the town of Rann, together with colleagues Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa and Alice Loksha.

Khorsa was killed in September, while Loksha remains in captivity, along with Leah Sharibu, a 15-year-old student abducted by the group in a separate incident in February.

António Guterres, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, condemned the murder.

"Those responsible for this killing must be brought to justice," his spokesperson said.

"The Secretary-General expresses his concern for the safety and well-being of the remaining hostages and calls for their immediate release."

The latest killing has devastated the Red Cross.

"The news of Hauwa's death has broken our hearts," said ICRC's Regional Director for Africa, Patricia Danzi.

The humanitarian organisation had on Sunday appealed for the release of the hostages, as the deadline for the payment of an undisclosed ransom approached.

ICRC has retained hope the remaining hostages would be released.

"We urge the group (Boko Haram) holding Alice and Leah to release them safely," said Danzi.

The Boko Haram has perpetrated a series of mass killings and abductions during a decade-long campaign to unseat the Nigerian government and establish an Islamic state.

More than 20,000 people are believed to have been killed by Boko Harare while more than three million have been displaced.
Source : CAJ News
* News / Nurses, Midwives Threaten to Withdraw Services in Northeast over B/H Attacks by katty: October 19, 2018, 05:33:17 PM
Nurses and midwives in Nigeria on Friday threatened to withdraw their services from the Northeastern part of the country over the recurrent attacks on health workers in the region by Boko Haram terrorists.

They issued the threat at a press briefing in Abuja under the auspices of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, NANNM.

Recall that a midwife, Saifura Khorsa, and another health worker, Hauwa Liman, were abducted and killed recently by the Al-Barnawi controlled Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), a breakaway faction of Boko Haram.

Speaking on behalf of the leadership of NANNM, the association’s President, Comrade Abdulrafiu Adeniji, said it was sad and unacceptable that the insurgents could make nurses and midwives in the country to pay the price of being sacrificed in the line of their duty.

He alleged that the Federal Government was handling the security of health workers in the Northeast region with kids glove and warned that if the government failed to rise to the occasion and tackle the delicate security situation in the region, the association would not hesitate to withdraw its members from there.

“If we watch what (security measures) the government is putting in place and have any cause to believe they are unsatisfactory, we would have no option but to withdraw nurses and midwives from the region,” he said.

Meantime, Adeniji called on members of association to wear black arm bands for three days beginning from Saturday to Monday as a mark of mourning their slain colleagues

He also urged those in the Northeast to flow with the security alert in the region by making their services available only when they were guaranteed of the security of the lives.

He said: “The leadership of the association is hereby calling on all nurses and midwives to wear black bands for three days as mark of mourning our professional colleagues

“We call on members not to sacrifice their lives in the line of duty, because the the government seems not to be taking good care of their security.

“Therefore, while appealing to people who are still there to work under serious security watch, we advise those who are not in the Northeast not to flourish towards that region for now.”

Adeniji further drew the attention of the public to the case of a member of the association, Mrs. Alice Loksha, who is still in the custody of the insurgents.

He appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, his administration, and the international community to do everything possible to rescue her from captivity.

“We appeal to the Federal Government to provide special protection to the nurses and midwives and other professionals in the health sector as they have become victims of cross fire.

“We call for prayer and fasting to ensure the safe return of all our members who are presently in horrible situation of captivity and especially for Alice Loksha.

“We are aware that some Boko Haram members who were captured by the Nigerian Army were cared for by our colleagues and other medical and health services providers. So, we capitalise on this to call on Boko Haram to release our colleague, Mrs Alice Loksha, a wife and mother of two.”

Nurses, midwives threaten to withdraw services in Northeast over B/H attacks

Source : Vanguard Newspaper
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