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* News / ICRC Makes Urgent Public Appeal for Release of Captured Nurses by katty: October 14, 2018, 07:51:34 PM
Press Release: Geneva/Abuja (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is making an urgent public appeal to the Nigerian Government and to communities and individuals with influence to work toward the release of two committed medical workers abducted in north-eastern Nigeria earlier this year. Speed and urgency are critical. A deadline that could result in the killing of another health-care worker is less than 24 hours away.

To the holder of these kidnapped women, ISWAP (Islamic State's West African province group): We urge you for mercy. We urge you to not kill another innocent health care worker who was doing nothing but helping the community in north-east Nigeria.

Hauwa Mohammed Liman worked in a hospital supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) when she was abducted on 01 March with Alice Loksha, a nurse who worked in a centre supported by UNICEF.

"Hauwa and Alice are medical workers who chose to work and help vulnerable communities in Rann, an area heavily affected by violence", said Mamadou Sow, the head of ICRC's Operations in the Lake Chad Basin. "The town's population has more than doubled because of the conflict, while most local health-care staff have fled. These women were providing essential and life-saving services to thousands of people, displaced and resident alike. All they sought to do was help."

A third health care worker abducted alongside Hauwa and Alice – ICRC colleague Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa -- was killed by her abductors in September. The ICRC asks those involved with this case to do everything they can to avoid a repeat of that devastating outcome. Leah Sharibu, a 15-year-old school student, was taken from her school in Dapchi in a separate abduction incident in February. She is also being held by the same armed group and everything must be done to ensure she too is released promptly and unharmed.

"We urge you: spare and release these women. They are a midwife, a nurse and a student. Like all those abducted, they are not part of any fight," said Patricia Danzi, Director of ICRC Operations in Africa. "They are daughters and sisters, one is a mother -- women with their futures ahead of them, children to raise, and families to return to."

For further information, please contact:
Aleksandra Matijevic Mosimann, ICRC Abuja, + 234 903 151 5543 (English)
Aliyu Dawobe for Hausa, ICRC Abuja, + 234 802 841 7085 (Hausa)
Krista Armstrong, ICRC Geneva, +41 79 217 32 87 (English & French)
Jason Straziuso, ICRC Geneva, +41 79 949 35 12 (English)

* News / Patient Relative Strangles Nurse in Kenya, Nurse in Coma by katty: October 14, 2018, 04:43:52 PM
A female nurse at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) is nursing serious injuries after she was attacked by a relative of a patient at the hospital.

Trouble started on Saturday at around 10.30am when the mother of a 17-year-old boy who died at the hospital attacked a nurse who was on duty.

The boy, Elisha Ouko Juma, was a Third Form at Upper Hill School.

The brother of the boy, Gideon Mayenga, said her mother acted out of anger accusing the nurses of failing to transfuse blood to save the boy’s life.

Mr Mayenga said he had brought more than ten relatives and friends to donate blood after the hospital told them they had no matching blood in the blood bank.

The mother is said to have attacked the nurse when she learnt that her son had succumbed to leukemia-related complications.

The nurse was rushed by fellow colleagues to an emergency room at KNH for medical examination and was said to be in a coma.

Kilimani OCPD Michael Muchiri said the woman was being held at Capitol Hill Police Station for further questioning.

 “It’s true the incident happened at the hospital. We are yet to establish the motive of the attack. We have launched investigations and the woman will be charged next week with assault,” Muchiri said.

Kenya Union of Nurses (KNUN) officials vice chairman Moses Chirchir protested outside the hospital over the incident.

Mr Chirchir said the mother to the dead student, accompanied by five of her relatives, entered the ward where the nurse on duty was preparing to disclose the death of their patient. He blamed security guards for failing to respond to the incident on time and ignored to screen those entering the hospital wards before the recommended hours.

Source: Standard Media
* News / 2 Nurses Who Saved 22 Children During Hospital Fire Outbreak To Receive Award by katty: October 14, 2018, 10:12:17 AM
They are to receive National Award for risking their lives to evacuate 22 children in NICU during fire Outbreak four years ago

Jamaica – Four years after displaying bravery in saving the lives of 22 infants during a fire in the Neonatal Care Unit of the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in downtown Kingston, nurses Mrs. Sophia Cameron, Ms. Camille McIntosh and Ms. Verlyn Faithie-Ann Douse will be honoured on Heroes Day, October 15.

In an interview with JIS News  at the hospital on Friday (October 12), before they receive the Badge of Honour for Gallantry from Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, at King’s House, two of the nurses said it was an experience they would never want to relive.

“I’ve never seen so much black smoke. It was a frightening experience.  The babies were on oxygen in the room with fire, so it was really an experience. We started putting the babies in a cot to get them out as quickly as possible, and we just created [something like] a conveyor belt and persons were just pushing them out,” Ms. McIntosh recalls.

“We ensured that all the staff were out… .  I was thinking ‘I need to get the babies out. Then I need to get the staff out.  Then I need to evacuate the hospital’.  That was what was in my mind. By the time the fire brigade reached us, the fire was out, but there was still a lot of smoke. It was an experience. We had persons having asthma attack and going to the accident and emergency department,” she tells JIS News.

Mrs.  Cameron said she never thought she would be awarded by the Governor-General, given that four years have passed, but she is extremely grateful.

“When it happened, the last thing I was thinking of was an award, because I just did what I had to do.  I just saw those babies in my care; there was a fire, so instinct and motherly instinct… all of that inside of me, allowed me to do what I did, and I just want to give God thanks, who is behind all of this,” Mrs. Cameron says.

Ms. McIntosh said she was not thinking about receiving an award either, and she is also grateful.

“I’m so honoured that I am getting the award, but the award really belongs to a collective crew – the maintenance team, the patient care assistants who helped us, the orderlies from the operating theatre, the other nurses who came and helped…there were so many persons who helped to save those babies’ lives,” she says.

Ms. Douse, the other nurse who played an active role in the evacuation process, is off the island and has communicated that she, too, is grateful for the award. She will return and join her colleagues on Monday as they collect their awards.

By: Ainsworth Morris
Magnetic Media TV
* News / Swaziland: Riot Police Invade Hospital During Peaceful Nurses' Protest. by katty: October 14, 2018, 10:05:08 AM
Armed riot police invaded the Hlatikhulu Government Hospital in Swaziland and it 'almost turned into a battleground' during a legal protest by nurses.

It was another attack by police against workers in recent weeks.

The Times of Swaziland, the only independent daily newspaper in the kingdom recently renamed Eswatini by absolute monarch King Mswati III, reported on Friday (12 October 2018), 'The Hlatikhulu Government Hospital was almost turned into a battleground after riot police invaded the facility, while nurses were engaged in a protest action.'

It said police with guns patrolled the hospital. They had entered the premises on Thursday after nurses started singing and chanting slogans, 'in protest over what they described as unfair treatment by their management'.

It added, 'Sparking the anger was the abusive language that was allegedly employed by the over 10 officers, who were sent to the hospital.'

The Times reported, 'Angry nurses who were demonstrating around the hospital premises confronted the police after the latter became aggressive and ordered them to halt their action.'

Police in Swaziland have an written policy to use violence against protestors. In the week up to the kingdom's national election on 21 September 2018 workers organised by the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) took part in three days of strikes and protests in Mbabane, Manzini, Nhlangano and Siteki.
Armed police were deployed across Swaziland. Videos and photographs of brutal police attacks were uploaded on social media.

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) in a statement said, the videos circulated on social media indicated 'unlawful police actions, and require urgent investigation'.

It added, 'Several workers were wounded after police fired stun grenades to disperse the crowd in Manzini. These police officers then unleashed a wave of assaults against striking workers in an effort to quell the protests.'

The strike came after a series of protests and rallies which saw police violence in attempts to suppress the protestors. Police shot and wounded a schoolteacher at a vigil protesting their salaries in late August. Nurses in the kingdom's capital city of Mbabane were tasered during a pay protest.

* News / Pioneer FMOH Nursing Director Mrs. Mojisola Okodugha Honoured by katty: October 14, 2018, 08:23:42 AM
She graduated from School of Midwifery Akure

The Catholic Nurses Guild of Nigeria has conferred an award of honour on the pioneer Director of Nursing, Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Mojisola Okodugha (nee Akinniranye).

The CNGN, while conferring on her the award on the occasion of the guild’s national conference, described Okodugha’s retirement as a glorious achievement.

The guild, in a statement, said Okodugha had acquired her certification as a registered nurse from the School of Nursing, Specialist Hospital, Benin City, Edo State in 1978, and obtained her certification as a registered midwife from the School of Midwifery, State Hospital, Akure, Ondo State in 1980.

According to the guild, Okodugha also acquired a BSc (Nursing) from the University of Ibadan in 1984 and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Lagos in 1998.

“She became the first director of Nursing in the Federal Ministry of Health and has contributed her quota to the nursing profession, the Federal Ministry of Health, and Nigeria as a whole,” the statement added.
Credit: Punch Newspaper
* News / Zimbabwe First Lady Blasts Nurses for Observing Break While Women are in Labor by katty: October 13, 2018, 07:08:07 PM
FIRST Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa has warned Zimbabwean nurses who often arrogantly break for tea even when faced with cases of expecting mothers needing their urgent attention during labour.

She was speaking at this year’s belated World Breastfeeding Week commemorations held at Mahusekwa Hospital in Marondera district on Friday.

The President’s wife called on government to craft new laws that will make it possible for culprits to be held liable for any negligence-related deaths on mothers even when such death befalls their new-born babies.

“Giving birth is a ‘national duty’ so we should not neglect women who bring in life on earth,” Mrs Mnangagwa said.

“When we hear that these women have died due to neglect, it pains us. They must die of natural causes and not due to carelessness by health staff.”

The former Chirumhanzu legislator said some health workers would prefer breaking for tea when expecting mothers are writhing in labour pain.

“Our women are losing lives because some health staff go for tea when someone needs attention at a crucial time of giving birth,” she said.

“We want to hear from the Ministry of Health and Child Care if there is a law that allows for prosecution.

“There should be a law so that those neglecting these women are held responsible for any consequences of such carelessness.”

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s statistics, the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) for Zimbabwe has declined from 960 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2010 to 614 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2014.

Though the ratio is still considered unacceptably high, WHO still views this as progress as the situation has been worse before.

The Public Health Bill (2017) that has been tabled in Parliament seeks to replace, update and align to the Constitution, the law relating to Public Health.

The present Public Health Act was passed in 1924 and calls have been made on its updating to meet the current health challenges and needs of the population.
Source: New Zimbabwe Live
* News / Nursing Training Allowance Replaced With Students Loan? by katty: October 13, 2018, 01:15:57 PM
The nursing students allowance has been replaced with students loan, has sighed documents suggesting so.

The document is an admission letter of the Damango Nurses and Health Assistant's Training College in the Northern Region.

The admission letter, dated 24 August, 2018, states in part that the admitted student will not be on an allowance.

"You may request for a loan as you will not be allowance. The process will be explained to you on arrival at the College," the letter signed by the College principal said.

When did this happen

The letter did not state when the allowance was replaced with students loan.

The Ghana Health Service, which supervises nursing and midwifery colleges in the country, has not spoken on the matter.

The letter emerges two days after government announced that it has released GHC38 million for the payment of allowances in arrears to the nursing students.
Why is it a big deal?

The John Mahama administration cancelled the allowance drawing protest from the nursing students.

Then candidate Nana AKufo-Addo promised to restore it when he is elected president.

He kept his promise and restored the allowance effective September 2017 to the joy of the trainee nurses who had complained about the hardships they faced without those funds.

Are people calling on government to scrap the allowance?

Educationist Professor Stephen Adei has asked the Akufo-Addo administration to stop paying trainee teachers and nurses allowances.

He said the monies used to pay those allowances can be invested in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET).

“It is time to put the required emphasis on TVET because of its critical role in national development. By technical and vocational education and training we are talking about aspects of learning directed towards the acquisition of knowledge, competencies and know-how to undertake trades and occupations that require practical and applied skills as well as applied scientific knowledge as opposed to general arts or even basic science education”, he said.
Source: Ghanaian Pulse
* News / Kenyan Nurses Threaten Strike Over Increased License Renewal Fees by katty: October 13, 2018, 01:06:54 PM
Crisis is looming in the health sector after the Kenyan nurses association differed with the regulator over allegedly raising annual deductible retention fee up to Ksh.6,000 from Ksh.1,000.

National Nurses Association of Kenya (NNAK) claims that the fee was hiked without any consultations.

They are now threatening a nationwide strike and are demanding the removal of the Kenya Nursing Council (KNC) Board should the new fee remain unamended.

They are now threatening a nationwide strike and are demanding the removal of the Kenya Nursing Council (KNC) Board should the new fee remain unamended.

Speaking in Machakos during the 60th annual scientific conference, NNAK Chairman Alfred Obengo blamed the nursing council of Kenya for tailoring Bills that are not friendly to the members.

“We are giving the government an ultimatum to work on this issue reduce the retention fee or we go on streets on 7th of November,” he said.

He added that they will petition the Cabinet Secretary of Health for what they term as autocratic leadership of their regulator.

The official further castigated the council for failing to consult stakeholders in decision making, a move he termed as oppressing and offensive to the nurses.

His sentiments were echoed by his vice chair Moses Chirchir who said the terms originated from an individual.
* News / South Australian nurses to strike next week over hospital overcrowding by katty: October 13, 2018, 01:00:20 PM
South Australian nurses are expected to forge ahead with industrial action next week over hospital overcrowding.

The Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (SA Branch) confirmed its intentions in a media release shortly after crisis talks with the state government last night.

The union said Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade refused to commit to a request during an urgent Employment Tribunal hearing held in Adelaide overnight.

The union was requesting the provision of additional resources to temporarily ease an ongoing bed shortage.

"We're absolutely disgusted with this particular meeting," ANMF spokeswoman Elizabeth Dabars said.

The union is now expected to proceed with planned action that will see rolling rallies held from Monday, with overnight elective surgery set to be cancelled from Thursday.

"We will not rest until patient safety can be assured and nurses are going to step up and do that in the absence of the minister doing it," Ms Dabars said.

Doctors and paramedics are just as outraged, saying not enough is being done to fix what they say is dangerous overcrowding.

"We're still not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel that we all want to see for patients and for clinicians," Salaried Medical Officers Association spokeswoman Bernadette Mulholland said.

"Patients are doing it tough, our members are doing it tough we haven't got anything to tell them to give them heart at the moment," Ambulance Employees Association representative Phil Palmer added.

But the health minister argues the government has acted, with 30 beds in country hospitals now being utilised along with 20 in the private sector.

"We will not stand by and see patient safety threatened by industrial action,” Mr Wade said yesterday.

“We're calling on the nurses union to withdraw this industrial action and work with the government to deal with the pressure in our hospitals."

Source :
* News / Nurses, Doctors Flee Venezuela Has Hyperinflation Nears 1.3 Million Percent by katty: October 12, 2018, 05:58:11 AM
More than half Venezuela’s doctors have been forced to flee the country’s crushing economic and political crisis, according to a report by health NGOs released Thursday.

“Between 2012 and 2017, 22,000 Venezuelan doctors migrated” — 55 percent of the total 39,000 doctors registered by the PanAmerican Health Organization in 2014, the report said.

Some 6,000 nurses — nearly a quarter of Venezuela’s total — also left the country during the same period.

Nearly 2 million people have emigrated since 2015, the U.N. said, adding that around 5,000 people are leaving the country daily.

The NGO report — “The right to health, the complex humanitarian emergency in Venezuela” — was endorsed by 12 non-governmental organizations for patient rights.

Out of Venezuela’s population of 30 million, some “18.7 million have no guarantees of access to diagnosis or treatment,” it said.

It adds up to “a humanitarian emergency,” the NGOs said.

The health crisis is exacerbated by an acute shortage of medicines in pharmacies and hospitals across the country, according to trade associations.

The United Nations last week announced a $32 million donation to reduce maternal and infant mortality and to protect children, in addition to donating 30 tons of health supplies.

With hyperinflation expected to reach 1.3 million percent in 2018, the few medicines available are unattainable for most of the population, as is private health care.

Oil income-dependent Venezuela’s economic woes began in 2014 with the crash in the price of crude.

President Nicolas Maduro’s government has since been slapped with a range of sanctions over its crackdown on the opposition and civil society critics.

Source: Japan Times
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