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* News / #JOHESUStrike2018: JOHESU Branch in Sokoto Calls Off Strike by katty: May 23, 2018, 04:19:31 PM
Sokoto State chapter of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) yesterday called off its industrial strike embarked upon in the state.
Chairman of the union in the state, Abubakar Shehu, disclosed this to newsmen in Sokoto yesterday. According to him, the decision to call off the strike followed an agreement reached between the state government and the union at a meeting recently, where they agreed to implement the demands of the union.

Shehu called on members of the union working in government health facilities to resume work without further delay.
The chairman, however, maintained that all members working under various Federal Government health institutions should continue with the strike until further directives.
Shehu appreciated the efforts by the state government, Ministry of Health and the Sultanate Council for their interventions and commended the Controller, Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Sokoto and the entire people of the state for their cooperation and understanding.
He also urged the union members to reciprocate the state government’s effort by dedicating themselves to duty by discharging their official responsibilities to the state and the nation at large.
By: Umar Abdullahi Sokoto
New Telegraph
* News / Woman, 28 Could be Jailed 3years for Forging Nursing License in Lagos, Nigeria by katty: May 23, 2018, 04:16:01 PM
-She was nabbed when she went to renew the forged license in Nursing Council office

For allegedly forging a Nursing and Midwifery Council’s licence, a 28-year-old woman, Deborah Onikanni,
was on Wednesday brought before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court.

Onikanni, whose address was not provided, is facing charges of conspiracy and forgery.

The accused, according to the Prosecutor, Inspector Modupe Olaluwoye, committed the offences with others still at large on May, 2016 at the Nigeria Nursing and Midwifery Council, Yaba.

She said the accused was apprehended when she went to renew the forged licence with pin 2016/06928/J at the council.

Olaluwoye said the Head of Nursing and Midwifery, Mrs Shode Bolaji, noticed that the quality of the paper

“After confirming the licence was forged through the pin, she seized it and reported the case at the police station.”

The offences contravened Sections 363 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 365 (1) prescribes a three-year jail term for forgery, while Section 411 provides a two-year for conspiracy.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs O.J. Oghere, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50, 000 with two responsible sureties in like sum.

She said the sureties must be gainfully employed with an evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned until June 27.

* Nursing Jobs / God First Medical Center Edo State Vacancies For Nurses And Midwives by katty: May 23, 2018, 03:00:51 PM
God First Medical Center (Citadel of Healing) located at OKHUNW community off Lagos- Benin express way along 2nd power line opposite Samson Nosa street,Benin City Edo state is urgently in need of suitably qualified individuals to work with in the following positions


. Registered Nurses,

. Registered Midwives or

. Double Qualified Candidates (RN/RM)


. Be registered and licensed with NMCN

. Must possess at least 1 year experience.

. Reside within Benin and proximal to the facility


Only eligible and shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applicant who lack the require qualification need not to apply. Our selection will be strictly by merit.

Method Of Application:

Interested candidates can forward their CVs and cover letter to the email:

For enquiries please call: 09020904585, 08087957719.

Application Deadline:

5th June, 2018
* Nursing Jobs / Vacancies for Registered Nurse in Ilesa Osun State by katty: May 23, 2018, 02:59:29 PM
A Medical Centre located in Ilesa, Osun State requires the service of Nurses

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

Method of Application

All qualified and interested applicants should forward their Application Letters and Curriculum Vitae to:   on or before 12th of June, 2018
* Articles / Nurse Lini Puthussery: Indias HERO Nurse Who Died Battling Nipah Virus by katty: May 23, 2018, 10:49:39 AM
Lini Puthussery's death is being hailed on social media as a sacrifice
"I don't think I will be able to see you again. Sorry. Please raise our children well."
Lini Puthussery, a 28-year-old nurse, wrote this note to her husband as she was dying from the deadly Nipah virus on Monday in India's southern state of Kerala. She has two sons, aged five and two.
At least nine other people have died in the outbreak in Kozhikode, formerly Calicut.
Two others who have tested positive for the virus are critically ill. Some 40 people have been put into quarantine following the deaths.

Health authorities across Kerala have been on alert, setting up medical camps and a control room to tackle the situation.
The virus, which can be transmitted from animals to humans, is hard to diagnose. Symptoms of infection include fever, vomiting and headaches. It has a mortality rate of 70% and there is no vaccine.
Lini had been treating a family of three who had been diagnosed with the virus - she is believed to have spent the entire night caring for them.
She is reported to have started feeling feverish on Sunday. When she realised that she was experiencing what could be symptoms of the infection, she admitted herself to hospital and asked to be quarantined, according to local media reports.

Authorities have ordered emergency measures to control the spread of the infection
Her husband, Sajish, works as an accountant in Bahrain and flew back when his brother called and told him Lini was in hospital. Lini's husband told the BBC that she had also called him.
"She said, 'I am sick and I am going to the hospital for treatment'," Mr Parambath said. He arrived in Kozhikode early on Sunday but by then Lini was already in the intensive care unit.
"She was using an oxygen mask because her oxygen levels were low," Mr Parambath said. "She could not speak but she took my hand in hers and held it."
After she died the following morning, a relative gave him the note she had written. It has been widely shared on social media after Mr Parambath showed it to local journalists.
Lini's body was not handed over to the family to prevent the infection from spreading further. She was cremated under official supervision.
Her death is being hailed on social media as a sacrifice and officials and doctors are calling her a hero.
Nurse Lini died in our battle against the Nipah virus. She died trying to save patients infected by it. She was just 31 & was a mother of two little kids. If she is not a martyr, I don't know who is.
— Sasidharan Pazhoor (@inquestioner) May 22, 2018
It is the courage, commitment and love of healthcare professionals such as Lini that India should be proud about.
Request Kerala minister KK Shailaja and Union minister @JPNadda to see that the service of this nurse from #Kerala does not go unnoticed:
— Viju Cherian (@vijucherian) May 22, 2018
A nurse who took care of a #NIPHAVirus patients & succumbed to same. Her body was cremated with extreme urgency to prevent any possible spread and even her family could not pay due respect. Respect to Lini &a reminder that healthcare workers take immense personal risk to serve us
— Dr. Deepu Sebin (@deepusebin) May 21, 2018
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also tweeted condolences, adding that her "selfless service will be remembered".
Nipah is "top of the list" of 10 priority diseases that the World Health Organization has identified as a potential next major outbreak.
Some 60 blood and body fluid samples of suspected cases in Kerala have been sent for confirmation to the National Institute of Virology in the western city of Pune, officials said.
"Health staff are visiting individual households giving them specific instructions including about eating fruits from outside and other precautions," UV Jose, the senior-most official of Kozhikode, told the AFP news agency.
Health workers have found dead bats in a well of a victims' family house
Fruit bats are considered to be the natural host of the Nipah virus. Health workers said they had found dead bats in a well at the home of an affected family. They have sealed off the well with fluorescent nets.
Reports say the infection was first reported in India in 2001 and again six years later. Some 50 people were killed in the two outbreaks.
Source: BBC
* Articles / All You Need to Know About Nipah Virus by katty: May 23, 2018, 10:46:32 AM
The worst disease no one has ever heard of...
Nipah virus (NiV) infection is a newly emerging disease which can be transmitted to humans from animals. The natural host of the virus are fruit bats
The infection was first identified in 1999 during an outbreak of encephalitis and respiratory illness among pig farmers and people with close contact with pigs in Malaysia and Singapore
Nearly 300 human cases with over 100 deaths were reported in that outbreak. In order to stop it, more than a million pigs were euthanised, causing tremendous trade loss for Malaysia
Nipah virus infection can be prevented by avoiding exposure to sick pigs and bats in endemic areas and not drinking raw date palm sap

Symptom of the infection include fever, headache, drowsiness, respiratory illness, disorientation and mental confusion. These signs and symptoms can progress to coma within 24-48 hours
“It’s the worst disease no one has ever heard of,” said Dr. Jon Epstein, wildlife veterinarian and epidemiologist for the EcoHealth Alliance.
Nipah rarely infects people, but when it does, it can make them very, very sick. “This is a virus that when it gets into people, in Bangladesh, it kills them on average three-quarters of the time and in some cases 100 percent of the time,” Epstein said. It causes encephalitis,a brain inflammation that is often fatal and that can cause long-term disabilities in survivors.
In some outbreaks, it has also caused severe respiratory infections, according to the World Health Organization. It can also infect some people without causing any symptoms at all, but it’s almost impossible to know how often that happens.

Source: GoMedii
As WHO, the CDC, and other public health agencies love to say, any virus is just a flight away from anywhere in the world. International travel is becoming more common and people can be halfway around the world within hours — quickly enough to get to a new city before they ever show symptoms of an infection.
At present, Nipah has been seen in remote areas. But big cities are not far, Epstein noted. Outbreaks in Bangladesh have not been far from Dhaka, the capital. “Dhaka airport connects people to London, to New Delhi,” he said.
And although Nipah does not cause epidemics, that could change. “We know there are a variety Nipah virus strains that circulate in these bats,” Epstein said.
“Every outbreak is a potential for a new strain to emerge.” Eventually, a strain might emerge that does spread easily from person to person.
Image: A date palm sap collector in BangladeshA date palm sap collector in Bangladesh.EcoHealth Alliance
The only treatment for Nipah at present is supportive care — putting people with respiratory disease onto ventilators and providing fluids while the body recovers.
There is no vaccine to prevent Nipah although there is a vaccine to protect horses against Hendra, a related virus that causes outbreaks among horses in Australia. It can also infect dogs and people and killed four people in Australia. WHO has asked researchers to work on a Nipah vaccine and treatments.
It is not possible or desirable to kill the bats that can spread Nipah and Hendra, said Epstein.
“These are really important animals,” he said. They spread seeds and pollinate flowers. They are responsible for 50 percent of the world’s rain forest,”.
(Source: WHO, NBC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
* News / #JOHESUstrike2018 : Doctors provide Nurses services at FMC Katsina by katty: May 22, 2018, 10:01:33 PM
Medical Doctors at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Katsina are currently converting some of their colleagues to provide services hitherto rendered by members of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) to ensure healthcare services are on going at the centre.
A visit to the hospital shows that Doctors have manned the registry, labs and injection stations and attending to patients on ground.

Speaking on the development, the Medical Director FMC, Katsina, Dr. Suleiman Bello Mohammed said despite the strike the hospital is striving to provide services saying that ' it may not be hundred percent but at least the succour it will give to the patients is enormous'

He said, health service is a team work but in a situation were such working together can't be found, the Doctors have to compromise by doing others job just to continue to save lives.

' we don't have problem with JOHESU, we have to work together but in a condition such not feasible like now during such strikes our junior Doctors have taken up to fill gaps created by the striking workers' he said
'When such strikes happens, it's the common poor man that suffers the brunt, we are trying to maintain services no matter how it is ' he added

Other interim measures taken, he said include engagement of some temporal staff ‎to support the doctors to run the several  clinics operated at the hospital.

Shedding more lights, the state chairman of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Dr. Muhammed Suleiman said the step down services by the Doctors was not easy but challenging noting that we are doing this for humanity and especially the poor people'

He described the demands of the unrealistic as no where in the world will a Doctors salary be at par with cleaners, nurses and others providing services at hospitals.
Source : Daily Trust
* Nursing Jobs / American University of Nigeria (AUN) Vacancies for Registered Nurses by katty: May 22, 2018, 09:40:32 PM
The American University of Nigeria (AUN) is Africa’s foremost development university with a mission to foster the creation of leaders committed to sustaining a democracy in which diverse people share in the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, proficient in creating and applying technology to wise purpose, and dedicated to securing a humane and prosperous world. The university offers a unique resource for Nigeria, West Africa, and the entire continent in addressing crucial economic and social development needs.
We invite applications from suitably qualified candidates in the position below:
Position: Registered Nurse (Female)
Location: Yola
Department: AUN Clinic
Summary of Position
* This position is local position and opens to indigenous and/or legal residents of Nigeria.
* The Nurses at the AUN Health Center shall work with the team at the Health Center directly under the Head Nurse to provide clinical and medical support for the doctor and to the patients at the AUN health center.
* He/she should ensure the Health & Wellness of NFS students and all other members of the AUN Community.
* The incumbent will reside in the NFS residence hall and be of service to the students during the day and when urgent instances occur.
Position Requirements
* Nursing Certificate
* Valid License to practice/Nursing registration
* Two(2) to five (5) years of direct work experience
* Basic Nursing Ethic
* Ability to undertake self-directed tasks when necessary.
* Flexible with time.
* Ability to learn
* Attention to detail.
* Capacity to prioritize by assessing situations to determine urgency.
Other Requirements, Abilities for the Position:
* Skill in developing and maintaining effective working relationships.
* Ability to maintain a high level of accuracy and confidentiality.
* Knowledge of and ability to apply professional medical principles, procedures, and techniques
* Knowledge of pharmacological agents used in patient treatment
* Effective verbal and written communication skills along with proper telephone etiquette
* Tactfulness and professionalism
Description of Benefits
* Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and job classification as approved by the University.
Application Closing Date
27th May, 2018.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their Resumes/Cover Letters (on same page) and references to: The position being applied for should be the subject of the email.
* Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
* AUN is an equal opportunity employer and strives to provide a culturally diverse workforce; we do not discriminate in employment on the basis of race creed, colour, nationality, origin, age, sex, religion and marital status.
* News / 10 confirmed dead from #Nipah virus outbreak in India, including a Nurse by katty: May 22, 2018, 09:34:43 PM
The death toll from an outbreak of Nipah virus has risen to 10 in India's southern state of Kerala.

Nine patients that tested positive for the virus have been quarantined and are being treated, Rajeev Sadanandan, additional chief secretary for the state's Department of Health and Family Welfare, told CNN on Tuesday.

The outbreak began in the northern district of Kozhikode and has spread to neighboring Malappuram district, Sadanandan said.

Symptoms of Nipah virus can begin with headache and drowsiness but quickly transform into a coma within a matter of days, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Other symptoms include acute respiratory syndrome -- where the lungs cannot get enough oxygen to the body -- and fatal encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain.

There is no vaccine, and treatment is limited to supportive care.

Among the dead was a nurse, identified as Lini, who was treating patients at Perambra Taluk Hospital in Kozhikode.

In a tweet, the office of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan posted his condolences to her family, writing that the nurse's "selfless service will be remembered."
The first cases were reported Saturday in a family from Kozhikode, and then India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the World Health Organization were contacted, Vijayan's office said Monday via Twitter.

Two brothers in their late 20s and their aunt, 50, died from the virus, while their father, 56, remains on life support.

Statewide alert issued

WHO said fruit bats were found in an unused well near the family's house along with some rabbits being bred that had died recently.

Nipah virus is known to infect both humans and animals, with certain species of fruit bat being natural hosts. People can become infected after contact with infected bats, or other animals, and humans.

WHO added it was awaiting findings from experts to determine the source of infection and was in close contact with experts deployed to the affected areas to be "ready for any request for assistance."

A statewide alert has been issued to remain vigilant, and a 24-hour control room to monitor the situation has opened,  Vijayan said.

'Dynamic situation'

A total of 60 samples have been tested for Nipah virus, which includes people who have already died as well as those who came into contact with patients confirmed to have the virus, Dr. Reena KJ, additional director of public health for Kerala, told CNN.

That number is expected to rise, according to Sadanandan, the Kerala health official, who described it as a "dynamic situation."

Deaths in other districts where people had symptoms of the virus are also being tested.

The state government has made assurances that the "health department is doing everything possible to save the lives of the infected and prevent the advance of virus," the chief minister's office tweeted Monday.

A subsequent tweet urged private hospitals not to "deny treatment for anyone suffering from fever."

India's health ministry has also deployed a response team to Kerala.

JP Nadda, India's minister of health and family welfare, said in a statement Monday that his department was "closely monitoring the situation" and had "dispatched a central team to assist the state government and initiate required steps."

About Nipah virus

Nipah virus was first identified during a 1998-1999 outbreak in Malaysia, where almost 300 people were infected and more than 100 died, according to the CDC. More than 1 million pigs were euthanized to halt the spread of the illness. The virus was named after the village of Kampung Sungai Nipah, where pig farmers contracted the disease.

There have been subsequent outbreaks in India and Bangladesh, with more than 600 reported human cases between 1998 and 2015, according to WHO. Many parts of Asia as well as Australia, Madagascar and Ghana are at risk of outbreaks.

The virus is on WHO's list of epidemic threats in need of urgent research and development.
Source CNN
* News / Nurse dead in DR Congo as #Ebola vaccination campaign Begins by katty: May 22, 2018, 02:58:38 PM
A nurse has died from Ebola in Bikoro, the rural town in the north-west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the outbreak began, as the country begins a vaccination campaign.

Health minister Oly Ilunga said the nurse’s death brings the death toll to 27. There are now 49 hemorrhagic fever cases: 22 confirmed as Ebola, 21 probable and six suspected.

Mr Ilunga said two patients have recovered from Ebola, and are now returning home.

Congo’s health delegation, including the health minister, and representatives of the World Health Organisation and United Nations have arrived in Mbandaka, the north-western city of more than one million where Ebola has spread, to launch the vaccination campaign on Monday.

The ministry said it will take five days to target health care workers and 100 registered contacts in the city.

“We have established surveillance mechanisms and are following all cases and contacts,” Mr Ilunga said. “The response is well organised because we have also put in surveillance measures at the entry and exit points of Mbandaka.”

The two patients who recovered after testing positive for Ebola are returning to their homes, though they will be monitored, Mr Ilunga said. They have left the hospital “with a medical certificate attesting that they’ve recovered and can no longer transmit the disease because they have developed antibodies against Ebola”, he said.

Ebola, however, does in many cases remain longer in semen, and therefore can be transmitted through sexual contact for some months after recovery.

Two people who were confirmed with the disease have returned home (AP)

Twenty-four specialists, including Congolese and Guinean health workers who administered the vaccine in their country during the 2014-2016 outbreak, are in Mbandaka to start injecting the 540 doses that have arrived, the health minister said.

It will take five days to vaccinate about 100 contacts of registered patients, including 73 health care staff, who have had contact with patients and their relatives in the Wangata and Bolenge health zones of Mbandaka.

More than 7,500 doses are available in Congo, the WHO said, adding that an additional 8,000 doses will be available in the coming days.

The vaccine, provided by US company Merck, is still in the test stages, but it was effective toward the end of the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,300 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia from 2014 to 2016.

A major challenge will be keeping the vaccines cold in this vast, impoverished, tropical country where infrastructure is poor.

Congo president Joseph Kabila and his Cabinet agreed Saturday to increase funds for the Ebola emergency to more than four million dollars (£2.9 million). The cabinet also endorsed the decision to provide free health care in the affected areas and to provide special care to all Ebola victims and their relatives.

The US Agency for International Development has said that it has provided an initial one million dollars (£742,000) to combat the Ebola outbreak. The funds are going to WHO in support of its joint strategic response plan with Congo’s government.

The spread of Ebola from a rural area to Mbandaka has raised alarm as Ebola can spread more quickly in urban centres. The fever can cause severe internal bleeding that is often fatal.
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