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* News / Ghana : NABCO without condition of service is unacceptable-GRNA by katty: May 17, 2018, 11:20:20 AM
Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNA) has expressed its displeasure at conditions under which nurses and midwives would be engaged under the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO).

The association says it is unacceptable to engage the services of its members for the Heal Ghana Initiative with no clear cut condition of services.

President of the association, Dr. Kwaku  Krobea Asante says though the program is laudable, disparities in remuneration, condition of service among others, leaves much to be desired.

Dr. Asante who was speaking at the Launch of International Nurses Day at Ejisu says it is unacceptable for members to render services without being registered for the Social Security and National Insurance Trust

Launched in May this year at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, NABCO is expected to employ about 10,000 graduates on a Gh 700.00 monthly allowance.

Some unemployed nurses have already kicked back against the program.

Though the GRNA is not against the program, it is unhappy at the disparities the program would create.
According to Dr. Asante, nurses and midwives working anywhere at any time with colleagues of the same rank and skill should be paid equally.

The GRNA fears enrolment of graduate nurses and midwives onto NBCO could deprive them of employment into mainstream health sector.

Meanwhile, the association is asking government to phase out certificate nursing programmes and upgrade all diploma training programmes to degrees.

The association also wants all nursing assistants to be retained.

President of the association Dr. Kwaku Asante Krobea who made the proposal believes this will provide clear career pathway for its members.

Source : myjoyonline
* News / Fear as DR Congo #Ebola outbreak spreads to Mbandaka city by katty: May 17, 2018, 10:27:58 AM
The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo has spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the disease will be increasingly hard to control.

Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga confirmed a case in Mbandaka, a city of a million people about 130km (80 miles) from the area where the first cases were confirmed earlier this month.

The city is a major transportation hub with routes to the capital Kinshasa.

Forty-two people have now been infected and 23 people are known to have died.

Ebola is a serious infectious illness that causes internal bleeding and often proves fatal. It can spread rapidly through contact with small amounts of bodily fluid and its early flu-like symptoms are not always obvious.

Why is the spread to a city such a worry?

The 2014-16 West Africa outbreak, which killed 11,300 people, was particularly deadly because it spread to the capital cities of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Senior World Health Organization (WHO) official Peter Salama said the spread to Mbandaka meant there was the potential for an "explosive increase" in cases.

"This is a major development in the outbreak," he told the BBC. "We have urban Ebola, which is a very different animal from rural Ebola. The potential for an explosive increase in cases is now there."

Mr Salama, the WHO's Deputy Director-General of Emergency Preparedness and Response, said Mbandaka's location on the Congo river, widely used for transportation, raised the prospect of Ebola spreading to surrounding countries such as Congo-Brazzaville and the Central African Republic as well as downstream to Kinshasa, a city of 10 million people.

"This puts a whole different lens on this outbreak and gives us increased urgency to move very quickly into Mbandaka to stop this new first sign of transmission," he said.

What is being done to contain the outbreak?

Confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola have been recorded in three health zones of Congo's Equateur province, the WHO said.

Health workers had identified 430 people who may have had contact with the disease and were working to trace more than 4,000 contacts of Ebola patients, who had spread across north-west DR Congo, the organisation said.

Many of these people were in areas only reachable by motorbike, Mr Salama said.
On Wednesday more than 4,000 doses of an experimental vaccine sent by the WHO arrived in the country with another batch expected soon.

The vaccine from pharmaceutical firm Merck is unlicensed but was effective in limited trials during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

It needs to be stored at a temperature of between -60 and -80 C. Electricity supplies in Congo are unreliable.
Observers described the international response as "remarkable and very rapid".

"The logistic issues getting to this very remote area are quite considerable, and it will also be considerable on the ground to identify who should be vaccinated and to get out in this vast and very difficult area and provide vaccination in an appropriate way," New York-based Ebola expert Dr Laurie Garrett told the BBC.

"It's never been done before in the midst of an exploding outbreak so we'll watch it very closely."

Why does Ebola keep coming back?

There have been three outbreaks in DR Congo since the 2014-16 epidemic. Ebola is thought to be spread over long distances by fruit bats and is often transmitted to humans via contaminated bushmeat.

It can also be introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals. These can include chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, antelope and porcupines.

The disease is endemic to the area and it is not possible to eradicate all the animals who might be a host for Ebola. As long as humans come in contact with them, there is always a possibility that Ebola could return.
Source :BBC News
* News / Lack Of Training Could See Nurses Struck Off by katty: May 17, 2018, 10:00:14 AM
Nurses are at risk of being struck off their professional register because they have not been given the resources to access continued training and professional development, a new report warns.

Investing in a Safe and Effective Workforce: Continuing Professional Development for Nurses in the UK, produced by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) says that employers in every setting across the UK must ensure nursing staff have access to continuing professional development (CPD) and guarantee protected time for it.

Without this, the College says nursing staff are at risk of falling behind with the latest developments in medicine and practice, with patient safety at risk as a consequence.

But frontline nurses have told the RCN that their employers grant study leave that is often cancelled due to the “winter crisis” and other staffing pressures. Cuts to training budgets in England resulted in a significant drop in the number of courses available.

The report reveals that a third of nurses told their professional registration body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) that during the revalidation process they had managed only 10 or fewer hours of continuing professional development (CPD) training each year, falling short of the 35 hours required.

The report also says the current workforce will begin to supervise students learning the new NMC standards from next year and they require appropriate CPD to support that next generation.

Janet Davies, RCN chief executive, said: “For the sake of patient safety, nurses must be allowed to keep up-to-date with developments and advance into tomorrow’s nurse leadership positions.

“Policymakers and employers must find a way to fund and guarantee this time. Nurses must not be allowed to fall foul of the regulator’s requirement.”

The RCN is calling for all bodies in health care education funding and workforce development to urgently publish data on total funding allocations for CPD, training undertaken and workforce needs. The College is also calling on politicians to reverse the cuts to date and boost opportunities – echoing a call by the cross-party Commons’ Health Select Committee earlier this year.
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* News / #JOHESUStrike2018 : FG, JOHESU Negotiation Meeting End in Deadlock by katty: May 17, 2018, 07:37:15 AM
THE meeting between the striking joint health workers union and the Federal Government last night ended in a deadlock.

The reconciliation meeting which was held at the instance of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, and Prof Issac Adewole, Minister of Health was aimed at ending the nationwide strike, which started 30 days ago.

The meeting started at about 7.10pm and ended at about 8.43pm, but was gathered that the negotiation ended abruptly as the health workers stormed out the Minister’s conference room.

The aggrieved health workers led by JOHESU chairman, Biobelemoye Josiah, were agitated over the alleged uncomplementary remarks made by some members of the Federal Government’s team.

The JOHESU team who declined to mention names after the closed door session, alleged that one of the members of the Federal Government’s team who allegedly wanted to buy one of the government’s hospitals will be frustrated.

“That hospital that he wants to sell to himself will fail…

“This was the same thing they did to frustrate President Jonathan’s administration and the same thing they are doing to destroy this government,” they alleged.

According to the agitated JOHESU team, the proposal to restructure the salary scale in favour of the Medical doctors, was unacceptable.

Recall that JOHESU had on the 17th April, 2018 directed all its members to withdraw of health services by the striking health workers has paralyzed activities in all the federal health institutions.

The five health sector unions affiliated to JOHESU are: Medical and Health Workers Unions of Nigeria (MHWUN), National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated institutions (SSAUTHRIAM), Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) and Non Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutes (NASU).

According to one of the Ministry’s officials who spoke under condition of anonymity, the tripartite negotiation meeting held on Tuesday evening lasted till 12am on Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, the negotiation meeting is expected to continue by 1pm on
Source : Vanguard Newspaper
* News / #Johesustrike2018: Ekiti Doctors Beg Patients to Come to Hospitals by katty: May 16, 2018, 07:40:58 PM
-Says JOHESU members can never earn same salaries as doctors

Ado-Ekiti- As the strike action of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) enters its fourth week, partially paralysing activities in government hospitals across the country, the Ekiti State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has said that hospitals in the state are open and doctors available for the health care needs of the people of the state.

The NMA said doctors are working “as much as possible in the face of the present situation.”

The NMA, in a statement in Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday, said “doctors are not on strike and are available in all health institutions in the state to attend to their health needs, despite the ongoing strike by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU).”

In the statement signed by the NMA chairman in the state, Dr Sunday Omoya and the secretary, Dr Kenneth Onyebuilo, the doctors said “the current situation in our health sector requires urgent attention to end the unhealthy rivalry and practices alien to international standards.”

Ekiti NMA however condemned what it said was “the illegal and unethical practice of locking up government properties such as hospital equipment and department offices during industrial actions,” and requested that “the heads of all institutions should immediately address the issue and the government at various levels should take actions to prevent the recurrence of such in the future.”

The doctors explained that they were not opposed to improved welfare for allied medical professionals, saying “it is however important to state that this must not be done contrary to international best practices.”

Ekiti NMA, while reacting to the ongoing strike by the JOHESU, noted that “a professional should request for remuneration not only because of the sector it operates but also because of the responsibilities and expectations bestowed on it.”

They argued that “a course of study cannot be assessed based on the duration of the course only but also by the requirements for intake, content and curriculum of the programme,” and further contended that “to reduce the difference between medical doctors and allied medical professionals to the duration of their courses in the university is mischievous and unreasonable.”

The doctors declared that “relativity is sacrosanct and not negotiable,” pointing out that “to suggest that after some years of practice the pay of all health workers from a particular level should be the same is unimaginable.”
* News / California Nurses Want Mark Zuckerberg Name Removed from Hospital Name by katty: May 16, 2018, 04:35:18 PM
Former and current nurses at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on Saturday protested for the facility to be renamed after recent news about the Facebook data leak earlier this year.

Protesting nurses say some patients are reportedly fearful that their own privacy may be in jeopardy since the 147-year-old hospital is named after Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook CEO, and his wife Priscilla Chan. The couple donated $75 million in 2015, The New York Times reported.

A stipulation of accepting Zuckerberg’s hefty donation was that the hospital be renamed -- a vote that was approved by the city’s Board of Supervisors, but has since left some questioning their decision.

“Had we known what we know now, perhaps we wouldn’t have accepted the funds from Zuckerberg,” John Avalos, the former supervisor told the paper.

Brent Andrew, the hospital’s chief communications officer, said, “Look it’s a double-edged sword, and I totally get the loyalty to the name as it was historically, but this is a thing that’s between the donors and the Board of Supervisors completely.”

The demonstration was led by Sasha Cuttler, a nurse who covered Zuckerberg’s name on a sign at the entrance of the hospital, The Times reported.

One nurse who works at the hospital told the paper that the Zuckerberg name “scares” patients.

Facebook is still vying to rebuild its image after reports surfaced in March that millions of users accounts were improperly accessed by Cambridge Analytica, a data firm that worked on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Zuckerberg has since apologized for the incident and vowed to "make sure this doesn't happen again."
Source : Fox News
* Post Basic Courses / School of Post Basic Psychiatric Yaba 2018/2019 Admission Form on Sale by katty: May 16, 2018, 11:59:30 AM
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the above named school for 18-Months Course.
Interested candidates must be registered Nurses with at least one year post qualification experience with a valid current license and must possess five (5) Credits at O'Level in the following Subjects: English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Combination of results should not be more than two (2) sittings of the same examination body.
• Payment of non refundable fee of N10,500 (ten Thousand Five Hundred Naira Only) should be paid to any bank. Log on to
• Click on payment to Federal Government Agency. Type Federal Neuro - Psychiatric Hospital Yaba, on MDA, select service / purpose chose Form, then complete the rest of the page and generate RRR Number for payment to any commercial bank for payment.
• Make a photocopy of the receipt with applicant's passport on the left hand corner.
• Collect the admission form from the School of Post Basic Psychiatric I Mental Health Nursing.
• Submit completed application form with photocopies of relevant documents (including credentials, photocopy of receipt, and application letter) in a big brown envelope on or before the closing date.
• The sale and submission of application forms will close on the 23rd May, 2018.
• Course fee: Details will be provided on Admission.
• Qualifying Examination Date: 24th May, 2018
• Time: 10:00am. Prompt
• Venue: School of Post Basic Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Yaba, Lagos.

Applicants should bring along writing material and original receipt and examination slip with the certified passport photograph to the examination venue.
Forfurther enquires please contact:
The Head
School of Post Basic Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing,
Yaba, Lagos.
Phone No: 08023119720
* Nursing Jobs / Premiere Urgence Internationale (PUI) Vacancies for Registered Midwives by katty: May 16, 2018, 11:55:21 AM
Premiere Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency.
PUI is implementing humanitarian activities in Nigeria since April 2016, supporting population with food security, nutrition and health project in Maiduguri and Borno State. PUI is now looking for candidates to fill the position below:
Position: Midwife - PHC
Location: Monguno, Borno State
Slot: 8
General Objective
* Under the direct supervision of the SRH supervisor, the Midwife provides MNCH/ SRH care services, including ANC, PNC, Basic Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care, family planning, etc.
* S/he follows PUI obstetrical and Sexual Reproductive Health protocols and universal standards to ensure quality and continuity of care.
Responsibilities and Tasks
* Welcome patients to the MNHC/ SRH services in the PHC.
* Establish personal rapport with potential and actual patients and their relatives.
* Provide Antenatal and Postnatal care services.
* Provide Basic Obstetrical and Neonatal care, including assistance to urgent normal deliveries, manage obstetric emergencies.
* Ensure mothers receive the documents required (birth certificate, vaccination card…).
* Provide Family planning counseling as a routine and on request (where possible to the couple) and provide contraceptives according to the need.
* Treat sick Pregnant and Lactating Women for illnesses selected by PUI, and for which a protocol is provided and adhere to therapeutic standards.
* Manage sexual transmitted infections according to PUI protocols.
* Maintain patient confidentiality.

* Assess urgency and make sure urgent cases are seen first
* Evaluate the pregnant women for high risks pregnancy and ensure a timely referral to secondary health services.
* Identify cases needing referral and refer them in time, assessment and follow-up of new borne.
* Identify Sexually Gender Based Violence victims and collaborate with the medical team for treatment.
Health Education:
* Provide individual and group health education to patients concerning safe motherhood, care of the new born, IYCF (Infant and Young child feeding), Family Planning and general Sexual Health.
* Maintain a safe and clean working environment by complying with Universal standards, procedures, rules, and regulations.
* Adhere to infection-control policies and protocols, medication administration and storage procedures, and controlled substance regulations.
* Document collected information on health cards and other records.
* Support in various data collection.
* Ensure coordination and continuity of care through verbal and written reports and coordination with SRH supervisor and other PHC staff.
* Ensure operation of equipment, and report to SRH supervisor in case of damage or not functioning.
* Participate actively in meetings and trainings when required.
* Perform other relevant duties as requested by supervisors
* Specific Objectives and Linked Activities:
* Provide essential preventative assistance services and follow up to identified women in reproductive age years, especially pregnant/lactating women.
* Ensure safe deliveries and provide first care to the new born.
* Provide Training on Sexual and Reproductive Health to CHWs, Nurses.
* Report on collected data.
* Directly report any difficulties or delays in the implementation of activities.
* The tasks and responsibilities defined in this job description are non-exhaustive and can evolve depending on the project’s needs.

Mandatory requirements:
* Language skills: Good command in English (speaking, reading & writing)
* Fluent in local languages – Kanuri, Hausa, etc.
* Recognized Midwife degree (at least certificate level) with national legislation
* Work experience: 2-3 years of experience in Midwifery,
* Work experience with other NGO’s would be an asset.
Knowledge and skills:
* Technical knowledge about use of medical equipment
* Good knowledge about Ante Natal Consultation and Post Natal Consultation
* Good practice in conduction of deliveries
* Ability to manage a fair workload including emergencies.
* Interests: Working in humanitarian relief, interest for social issues  and good team sprit
* Transversals skills:
* Strong motivation to help people in need
* Conflict resolution and diplomacy experience
* Ability to adapt or change priorities according to the changing situation within a mission or the organization itself
* Understanding of the political situation in the area
* Ability to analyze and suggest improvements of the activities
* Well organized and hard worker
* Able to manage stress and pressure
* Understanding of the context of the area
* Reliability
* Neutrality
* Able to check validity of information, logical thinking
Application Closing Date
21st May, 2018.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
* Nursing Jobs / Omotosho Electric Energy Company Ltd Vacancy for Graduate Nurses in Ondo State by katty: May 16, 2018, 11:47:58 AM
This is to inform the general public that there is a vacancy for a Registered Nurse at Omotosho Electric Energy Company Limited, Omotosho, Ondo State.
Position: Registered Nurse
Location: Ondo State
• B.SC Nursing
Submission closes Friday, 18th of May, 2018.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for written test and interview.
Kunle Shonaike
Manager (HR)
* News / #Johesustrike2018: Ngige to NMA: Stop meddling in JOHESU strike by katty: May 15, 2018, 10:05:01 PM
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has told the leadership of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) to stay away from the ongoing strike by members of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) as their activities are making it difficult for government to resolve issues that led to the strike.

The Minister, in a statement signed by the Director of Press in the Ministry, Samuel Olowokore said the doctors should stop meddling in the strike, adding that such meddlesomeness arising from an unhealthy inter-union rivalry will adversely put pressure on social dialogue mechanism.

He however appealed to the striking health workers to call off its strike as the CONHESS table that corresponds with the 2014 CONMESS adjustment with the Medical Doctors has been appropriately addressed by the National Salary Income and Wages Commission and given as an offer in the spirit of equity.

The statement reads: “The attention of the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has been drawn to media reports credited to the new Executive of the Nigerian Medical Association(NMA) wherein the body  has taken to meddlesome interloping in the ongoing negotiations with the striking Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU)

“The Minister wishes to state that in trade unionism, such meddlesomeness arising from an unhealthy inter-union rivalry will adversely put pressure on social dialogue mechanism, clog the wheel of progress and in this instance, retard the return of industrial harmony in the entire health sector.

“Hence, the NMA should desist from further interference of any form, in the ongoing negotiation as well as stop issuing threats to the Federal Government as it is firmly resolved to achieve a lasting industrial peace in all sectors without prejudice to perceived group interests.

“Besides, I wish to once more appeal to JOHESU to call off its strike as the CONHESS table that corresponds with the 2014 CONMESS adjustment with the Medical Doctors has been appropriately addressed by the National Salary Income and Wages Commission and given as an offer in the spirit of equity.  I therefore plead that you consider the tragic consequences your action has already brought on the vulnerable patients in hospitals across the nation.”
Source : The Nation Newspaper
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