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* News / 600 Kenyan Nurses Migrate annually in Search for Greener Pastures Abroad by katty: Today at 11:35:25 AM
-Kenya has 49,900 practicing nurses and majority of them are between 40 to 55years
-Every year about 600 especially specialized ones travel to Australia, Canada, USA, Botswana and South Africa

Nearly 600 nurses leave the country annually to seek greener pastures overseas.

The nursing council of Kenya says a majority of them are aged between 21-35.

"This number keeps on increasing. This is a cause for concern because we are losing an extremely younger population to other countries. Quite a number of them leave when they have already worked in the country for two or three years," Council CEO Edna Tallam told the Star in during an interview.

Most of those who have undergone specialized training in renal and ICU care mostly migrate to Canada, Australia and the US.

Within the continent, a majority of the nurses prefer working in Botswana and South Africa.

Some of the reasons according to the council include poor working conditions, poor remuneration, under-staffing in hospitals and lack of a proper career progression, Edna said.

"Our Education system is also not favourable. A diploma course takes three and a half years while a degree course takes fours years with no work and life balance. In these countries where our nurses are migrating to, they can be able to balance the two." Edna added.

Apart from a younger population leaving the country for greener pastures, the council also notes that those currently employed will be retiring in the next ten years.

Majority of them are between the ages of 40 and 55.

"If we do not cover the people who will soon be retiring, we are going to have a huge problem in the near future," Edna said.

Apart from this, we are also seeing more facilities being launched and we are wondering how the nurses will be absorbed in those facilities since most of the facilities require nurses that have specialised in a particular area."

Since the inception of the council in 1946, 81,114 nurses have been registered however only 49,900 are in active service.

The council also notes that quite a number of them have also quite nursing and moved on to other sectors that require a nurses expertise.

In line with the country's big 4 agenda, Edna said the government needs to allocate more finances to the health sector which will help counties employ more nurses so to bridge the patient ratio gap, especially in public hospitals.
Source : Kenyan Star
* News / Re: #JOHESU: Health Workers May Resume Suspended Strike Soon by Krorhilz: Today at 10:48:10 AM
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* Undergraduate / Re: 2017/2018 Admission Forms of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State on Sale by Krorhilz: Today at 10:46:26 AM
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* News / Kenyan Nurses advised to stay away from Mbagathi Hospital by katty: Today at 10:01:17 AM
Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) has called for its members to stay away from Mbagathi Sub-county Hospital maternity wing until their safety can be guaranteed.

The nurses’ union is also asking for the sacking of Nairobi County Health executive Hitan Majevdia over the poor state of the facility.

KNUN general secretary Seth Panyako has condemned the Health CEC for endangering lives of people by failing to act on the recommendations of the engineer who declared the structure unfit for occupation.

“In accordance with the Occupation Safety and Health Act, we ask our members and all health workers to vacate the building with immediate effect,” said Mr Panyako on Wednesday.

He said that their call for the county to act on the building put up in 2014 fell on deaf ears, claiming that the electrical fault that caused power outage on Tuesday night was caused by the leakages in the cracks on the building.


“The union wish to state that last night owing to the prominent cracks in the building of the maternity wing fire broke out occasioned by the leakages in the cracks,” he said.

Mr Majevdia had, in a press release dated May 15, acknowledged that the maternity block had minor cracks but assured the public and health workers that they will be rectified adding that services should proceed normally.

But Mr Panyako said that the building had been condemned by Nairobi County engineer, now Roads chief officer, Frederick Karanja in a letter dated April 26, 2018.

In the letter, a recommendation had been made to have the two storey structure closed and all patients accommodated elsewhere and a thorough audit of the building undertaken.

“The building has been condemned as unfit for occupation and we are urging our mothers not to go to Mbagathi until the issue of the maternity is resolved. We wish to urge our members and any health worker not move around the building. Stay 200 metres away from the building as it is a risk to your life,” he said.


The inspection report, done on March 20, 2018, by Engineer Karanja observed that the building had leakages on walls, floors and roofs, deformed and sagging beams, electrical shocks on water pipes, showers and incubators, and lacking facilities for use by the physically disabled.

It also revealed that the structure had inadequate strength evidenced by the appearance of cracks on the walls, slabs and beams and failed drainage systems for both foul and storm water.

But on Wednesday, Majevdia reiterated that the maternity wing and new born unit facility has not officially been condemned as unfit for occupancy and on Monday, national government engineers carried out tests and survey on the building with a report expected out soon.

On her part, the hospital’s Medical Superintendent Dr Loice Mutai said that the cracks have been there since last year confirming that the building also has blockage on the sewerage line at some point leading to leaking sewage hence posing a public health risk.

“The cracks have been there for a while. Maybe for a year but they have been becoming bigger. We had reported and action taken. The building was assessed courtesy of our leadership at the county where engineers were sent to look at the cracks,” said Dr Mutai.
Source: Nairobi News
* Nursing Jobs / Vacancies for Registered Nurse/Midwife in Lokoja Kogi State by katty: Today at 09:53:45 AM
A maternity clinic located in the heart of lokoja metropolis, kogi  State requires the service of a Nurse midwife

Qualification: RN/RM

Experience: Minimum of 2 years post RM qualification


A candidate for this position must:

1) have a current practising licence.

2) be approachable, welcoming, able to work independently, pay attention to detail, a team player, resilient and honest.

3) ability to speak hausa would be of added advantage

4) be Computer literate, especially ability to use Microsoft-Office Applications

PS: Remuneration is very attractive

Method of Application

All qualified and interested applicants should forward their Application Letters, credentials and Curriculum Vitae to: on or before 30 of may, 2018.
* News / Ayade To Launch Cross River Health Insurance May 28 by katty: Today at 09:51:10 AM
Ahead of the May 28 official launch of Cross River State Health Insurance Scheme (CRSHIS), industry experts have identified key areas of collaboration for effective take off and successful implementation of the scheme in the state.
At a three-day workshop aimed at improving the state’s readiness for the implementation of the scheme organised by the state Coordinator for United States Agency for International Development-Health Finance and Governance (USAID-HFG), Ibiam Agwu, in collaboration with Cross River State Insurance Agency, the organizers advised for the early enrollment of beneficiaries immediately after launch.
The workshop which took place at the Tinapa Lakeside Hotel, Calabar, also advocated for the expansion of the facility provider network from 72 Primary Health Care (PHC) to cover the 196 wards in the state.
Additionally, the workshop urged for full accreditation of 72 PHCs while provisional accreditation be accorded the remaining 124 PHCs including 18 general hospitals and 18 private health facilities to guarantee improved access to health care services.
Other recommendations included the ownership of advocacy by the state Insurance agency in the area of awareness and sensitization, claim management to be undertaken by Third Party Administrators (TPAs) consisting of medical team with no less than ten years of practice to be overseen by CRSHIS, enrollments of subscribers through multi-channel- agency and TPAs.
On the premium contribution and cost distribution, the workshop recommended, “an individual package of N750 per person per month including ID card and a family package of a father, mother and four children under 18 years of N45,000 per household per annum including ID cards.”
With nods from the labour union and the Nigeria Medical Association, participants recommended a,  “3.5 percent deduction from the basic salary of all civil servants and political appointees for a family package of the Ayadecare scheme,” while the ongoing “bidding process to select third party administrators be concluded before the launch date.
The state health insurance scheme, tagged, “Ayadecare,” will be launched on May 28 this year. The workshop was attended by key stakeholders including the Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Joseph Bassey, Chairman, House of Assembly Committee on Health, Dr. Ekpo Ekpo Bassey, Special Advisers to the Governor on Insurance, Chief Godwin Iyala, representative of Nigeria Medical Association, members of the organised labour, ministries and parastatals as well as other health insurance experts drawn from Calabar.
On its part, the USAID/HFG project pledged its commitment to support the build up to the launch process with two consultants which include an organizational development consultant and a health insurance operations expert.”
By: Richard Ndoma
Leadership News
* News / Nurse Appointed As Commissioner of Health In Kwara State (@Kwaragovt) By Bilyami by katty: Today at 09:48:02 AM
The Nursing community in Nigeria was pervaded with great joy and extreme cheerfulness on Wednesday 23rd May, 2018 when the executive Governor of Kwara state His Excellency Abdulfatah Ahmed appointed a Nurse as his substantive commissioner for Health in the state.
The news of the development was conceived to be a historic one due the fact that such is very uncommon, rare and scarce in Nigeria.
The development also came at a time when the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) members are on strike nation wide demanding for justice and fair treatment in the Health sector. Among JOHESU major demand is appointment of Head of Health institutions, parastatals, agencies and colleges of health sciences on merit not on professional affiliation.
The current arrangement of health industry in Nigeria is that only a medical doctor becomes the Head. This is not only an injustice but a violations of the fundamental human rights which provides for human aspirations and self-determination.
Leadership in its entirety, is usually a natural endowment rather than a personal or specific professional category endowment. Some people naturally make better leaders than others. Leadership in the health sector should be remodel and be based on merit rather than sentiments.
The executive Governor of Kwara state has taken it up to inform and show the world that he is a fair and just leader who appoint leaders and officers based on merit rather than their affiliations. The choice of Alh Usman Kolo Rifun by His Excellency Abdulfatah Ahmed is a well-deserved one baring the various leadership and administrative skills of the new Commissioner of Health for Kwara state.
As a Nurse, Alh Usman Kolo Rifun has distinguished himself as a true professional who practice his profession with true of spirit of professionalism and expertise.
Alh Usman Kolo Rifun a born indigiene of Patigi local government area of Kwara state was former student of the Kwara state School of Nursing and Midwifery, Ilorin that was established in the year 1973. The Honourable Commissioner of  Health Kwara state was a member of the class 1983 set 15 of the School.
With his appointment it is believed that great development and transformations will come to the health sector of  Kwara state given his versatile experience and skills. In particular, great transformations are expected to come to the Profession of Nursing in the state such as the upgrading of the state school of Nursing and Midwifery to a degree awarding institution, fighting quackery, improvement of the welfare of Nursing students and staff in the state and improving their capacities.

In my opinion, I think it's only the Nurse that deserve to be heading our health institutions in Nigeria.
This is in consideration with the rigorous training the Nurse receives in the course of his training. Management is one of the core courses that every Nurse must take during his/her training. it is for this reason that  Nurses manage, coordinate  and organise wards in hospitals efficiently. Someone may say managing Health industry is far beyond that of the ward. I won't agree and submit to this ascertion.
In countries that developed and those with good and quality healthcare system always appoint a Nurse to head. A contemporary example is in the USA, where the Surgeon-General is a Nurse. The Surgeon-General is equivalent to a Health Minister in our African countries.
During Yar'aduwa/Jonathan regime a Nurse from Zamfara state was appointed a State Minister for Health. He has discharged his job wonderfully well and help the Nursing Profession tremendously. It was during his time that a Directorate for Nursing Services was established in the Federal Ministry of Health. The Directorate is currently helping to coordinate the activities of Nursing profession in the country.

At this juncture I will advice President Muhammadu Buhari to with immediate effect sack both the two ministers of the Federal Ministry of Health (main and for state) for their inability to bring an end to the current ongoing nation wide strike and also for bringing politics and sentiments into the issue. This has left the poor Nigerian masses who can not afford to go private hospitals to continue dying. This has marred the good image of President Buhari and his agenda for CHANGE.
Consequent upon the implementation of my suggestion a Nurse and a pharmacist  should be appointed immediately to replace the two ministers who are Medical Doctors for total and absolute transformation, restoration and rebranding of the Nigerian healthcare industry. With the later two (Nurse and pharmacist) Mr President and other Nigerian elites will never go abroad again for treatment of Minor illnesses and even major ones.
I recently came to understand that, the problem with the Nigerian healthcare industry is mainly leadership not a manpower or facilities deficiency. A significant number of Nigerian health professionals are in different parts of the world making a breakthrough.
Congratulations to Alh (Nurs.) Usman Kolo Rifun for the well-deserved appointment. We hope to Kwara state rated as the one of the best state in Nigeria in terms of good and quality Healthcare delivery.
Bilyaminu Bala Yahya
Writes from ABU Zaria Department of Nursing Sciences
* News / 3 Ebola Patients Taken Away from Hospital to Church for prayer in Congo by katty: May 23, 2018, 08:19:13 PM
Three Ebola patients left a treatment centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo after their families demanded to take them to church, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Two of the patients later died, while the third returned to the centre in the city of Mbandaka.

This presents a new challenge for health workers battling to stop the spread of the contagious disease, says the BBC's Anne Soy in DR Congo.

Ebola has no known cure.

Health officials fear it could spread rapidly in Mbandaka, a densely populated city of one million.

Isolation is the main way to keep the disease under control.

The WHO says 58 cases of Ebola have been recorded since the outbreak was declared on 8 May. There have been 27 deaths so far, with three deaths confirmed as Ebola.

How did the patients leave?

The patients' relatives came to the centre, which is run by medical aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), and demanded to take them for prayers, WHO officer Eugéne Kabambi told the BBC.

They were reportedly taken away on motorbikes and and a search was ordered by the police.

One patient was found dead at home and his body was returned to the hospital for a safe burial. The other was sent back to hospital on 22 May and died that evening, according to MSF.

Efforts were made by staff to convince the patients not to leave and continue treatment, MSF says.

"However, forced hospitalisation is not the solution to this epidemic. Patient adherence is paramount," it said in a statement.

The families of the three patients are now being monitored and some of them have been vaccinated against the disease.

Is the situation under control?

The disease's spread from rural areas to Mbandaka, located on the Congo River, has sparked fears of it spreading downstream to the capital, Kinshasa, and to neighbouring countries.

The WHO says the outbreak has the potential to expand.
"We are on the epidemiological knife-edge," Peter Salama, head of emergency responses at the WHO, said at a special meeting to discuss the crisis in Geneva.

"The next few weeks will really tell if this outbreak is going to expand to urban areas or if we are going to be able to keep it under control," he added.

Health workers began an immunisation campaign to halt the spread of the Ebola virus on 21 May.

Limited trials of the experimental vaccine was rolled out during the epidemic in West Africa in 2014-16, which killed more than 11,300 people.

This is the ninth outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo

Source : BBC
* News / Breaking News: Occupational English Test (OET) to Open Exam Centre in Nigeria by katty: May 23, 2018, 07:32:42 PM
Nigerian and Ghanaian nurses and other health professionals who have dreams of practicing in the developed countries but have continually been denied such opportunities by IELTS can now smile as a simplier and widely accepted form of English language proficiency test designed for nurses and other health workers -occupational English Test will soon establish examination centre in Nigeria can confirm

Steming from a rumor which spread across different social media platforms yesterday, made an enquiry to OET parent body in Australia on whether the rumor was true to which the company confirmed as true. It however said that no date has been fixed yet as arrangement is still ongoing.

Reacting to the news,  Mr Idowu Olabode (Peculiar) founder of said: "The proposed entrance of OET into the Nigerian market is a welcome development. Although a bit expensive than IELTS, OET provides better assessment of healthworkers' knowledge and use of English language as it is tailored towards their profession. I hope all those who have been frustrated by IELTS take advantage of this".

Occupational English Test cost approximately #160,000 and Lagos is expected to be the only available centre considering it's the economic powerhouse of Nigeria. Bellaz Education Services in Surulere is rumored to be the centre been considered for this. Before now Nigerian nurses and other health workers in Africa have to travel to South Africa, Egypt or UK to sit for the exam

OET is accepted for immigration and registration with board of Nursing  in Australia, Ireland, UK and Singapore will bring you details as event unfold and all materials needed for passing the exam
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* News / World Health Assembly Delegates Agree New Five-Year Strategic Plan by katty: May 23, 2018, 06:26:55 PM
World Health Assembly delegates today agreed an ambitious new strategic plan for the next five years. The Organization’s 13th General Programme of Work (GPW) is designed to help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals – with a particular focus on SDG3: ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all at all ages by 2030.

It sets three targets: to ensure that by 2023, 1 billion more people benefit from universal health coverage; 1 billion more people are better protected from health emergencies; and 1 billion more people enjoy better health and wellbeing. WHO estimates that achieving this “triple billion” target could save 29 million lives.

Speaking to the Health Assembly, Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told delegates that the new strategic plan was ambitious because "it must be".

Delegates noted that the Organization will need to make a number of strategic shifts in order to achieve these targets, notably to step up its public health leadership; focus on impact in countries; and ensure that people can access authoritative and strategic information on matters that affect people’s health.

Key topics during this Health Assembly

Today, the debate turns to WHO’s work in emergencies. Over the coming days, delegates will make decisions relating to the International Health Regulations (2005), the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs); cholera, tuberculosis; snakebite; physical activity; digital health; assistive technology; polio virus; and health conditions in the occupied Palestine territory. The Health Assembly will also discuss other topics including: access to essential medicines and vaccine and women’s, children’s and adolescent’s health.
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