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* 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
* News / Ghana: 2 Tutors of Ankaful Nurses College Transferred After Exposing Principal by katty: October 11, 2018, 05:32:35 PM
Two tutors of the Ankaful Nurses Training College have been transferred from the school after exposing the corrupt deals of the Acting Principal of the college.

The two tutors, William Akpetey and Cyril Kumako, uncovered widespread corrupt deals of the acting principal of the college and blew his uncover.

The acting principal of the College, Simon Dogedoung after an investigation by the Economic and Organized Crime Office has been made to refund parts of the money allegedly stolen from the school after their investigation but the two tutors who exposed the rot have been transferred from the school for no reason.

In a letter dated 31st August 2018 but was handed over to the two on the 3rd of October, 2018, the two were asked to report their assumption of duty to their new Health training Institutions.

For Mr Cyril Kumako, the letter signed on behalf of the Minister of Health by Dr Kwesi Asabir, Head of Training Institutions, he is expected to report to the College of Health and Well-being at Kintampo on the 15th of October, 2018.

The two say they have not asked to be transferred from the school neither have they committed any crime or done any untoward action to warrant such a treatment.

They believe they are being punished by some unseen hands for being whistleblowers to save the school's purse.

"Transfers are normally requested for by the transferees or when such persons are engaged in wrongdoing. In our case, we only exposed the rot in our school. Why is that the Principal who was engaged in the wrongdoing is still at post while we have to suffer the consequences. Is it wrong to fight corruption in this country," the two quizzed.

The two suspect a deliberate attempt to silence them and a continuation of the corrupt activities of the Principal in the school and want the president and the Minister of Health to intervene to ensure that justice is served.

"The President asked us to be citizens and not spectators. We only acted in good faith by exposing the corrupt deal in our system. Transferring us is a bad signal. It means victory for the wrongdoer. We don't think the Minister of Health knows about this. We want his intervention," they cried.

The two accused the former Member of Parliament for the KEEA and now Head of Local Government Service, Dr Ato Arthur of teaming up with the acting Principal to cause their transfer.

The Head of Local Government Service is alleged to have stepped in to save the head of the acting principal because the acting principal claims he is an NPP sympathiser.

"Dr. Ato Arthur should be seen to be fighting corruption and not to support those engaged in it. We are boldly told that he had to plead with the authorities above to save the acting principal and cause our transfer," they alleged.

Background to the story

On the 19 of February 2018, the Acting Principal of the Ankaful Psychiatric Nurses Training College, Simon Dogedoung was accused by some staff of the College for misappropriating a little over 8,000.

Mr Dorgedon, according to some staff of the school, paid himself an amount of GHC943.20 on February 14 as allowance for marking the end of first-semester examination scripts of trainees. It emerged, however, that Mr Dorgedon did not take part in the marking of the examination scripts.

Mr Dorgedon again, allegedly, paid himself GH¢7,074, being 25% of the total amount paid to the tutors for marking of scripts. This did not sit well with the staff who blew his cover.

The staff therefore questioned the kind of work Mr Dorgedon did to warrant the total amount of GH¢8,017.00 he paid himself on February 14.

Accordingly, they petitioned the Central Regional Police Commander and the Bureau of National Investigations to look into the matter.

An investigation by the Economic and Organized Crime Office led to the retrieval of some sums of money from the Acting Principal. The principal after the payment was given receipt of the amount paid to the consolidated account upon the orders of EOCO.

* News / Ghanaian Pharmacist leads team of Scientists to discover antibiotic Omadacycline by katty: October 11, 2018, 05:17:40 PM
A Ghanaian Pharmacist, Prof. Kwasi Adomako Ohemeng, has led an optimization team to successfully develop Omadacycline, an antibiotic.

He was recruited from another global pharmaceutical giant Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) to help the company fast track the process of development.

A statement issued and copied to the GNA said Omadacycline was discovered under US Patent number 7,056,902 assigned to Paratek Pharmaceuticals, a US based Biotech Company.

It took seventeen years (17years) between discovery, clinical test and approvals to get the product finally approved.
The US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has granted approval for the use of Omadacycline for the treatment of adults with community acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP) and Acute skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI).

The once daily Intravenous (IV) and oral antibiotic is a modern tetracycline that has activity against broad spectrum of bacteria including drug resistant strains of gram positive and gram negative bacteria.

Omadacycline is the first-in-class aminomethylcycline, which can overcome antibiotic resistant bacteria in two main ways, by ribosomal protection and efinx group.

The once daily intravenous (IV) and oral antibiotic is a product assigned to Paratek. It offers clinicians the opportunity to treat patients intravenously and the transition to oral administration which can reduce hospitalization and cost associated with hospital admission.

The FDA decision to approve the drug for the approved indications was based on a multiple clinical trials that assessed the efficacy and safety of the drug in a total of three (3) phase trails that evaluated the drug in 2, 150 participants.

Omadacycline is also being evaluated for the treatment of urinary tract infections.

Born in Oyoko in the Eastern Region, Prof. Ohemeng is an industrial pharmacist, a product of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 1978.

He obtained his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry in 1984 from the Duquesne University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was awarded the Burroughs Wellcome Fellowship to undertake a post-Doctoral appointment in the University of North Carolina.

He has over 30 years’ experience working with several major drug manufacturing companies in the US rising to the position of Principal Pharmaceutical Scientist at Johnson and Johnson, then to a group leader at Bristol Myers and Squibb (BMS).

He was recruited by Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Boston U.S.A as the executive director of medicinal chemistry where he successfully helped the discovery of three molecules, including Omadacycline.

He returned to Ghana in 2006 and founded Equatorial Healthcare Services Ltd with the main objective of producing products for the prevention and treatment of Tropical African Diseases. His areas of focus are Healthcare, Agriculture and Cosmetics.

He has currently produced full range hospital disinfectants.

The only Ghanaian local manufacturing company producing organic Pyrethrin based Agro Chemicals and Cosmetics suited for the African.

He has over fifty (50) patents and eighty five (85) scientific publications.

He is the current Dean of the School of Pharmacy of Central University College.

He is married to Mrs. Abena Kunadu Ohemeng with three children.

Source: GNA
* Free Nursing Books / Free Online Course on Preventing Musculoskeletal Injuries During Clinical Care by katty: October 10, 2018, 10:23:59 PM
Free online continuing education for nurses

The Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace, one of NIOSH’s Total Worker Health Centers of Excellence, has introduced a free online continuing education program intended to help nurses prevent musculoskeletal injuries during clinical care.

Ergonomics in Healthcare includes learning modules, case studies, videos, reference materials and guidelines for reducing injuries incurred while treating patients. The program discusses ergonomic risk factors in health care settings – including workstation layout and weight of handled objects – and ways organizations can manage them.

According to 2015 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing assistants and registered nurses ranked among the top six occupations to experience musculoskeletal disorders. A Sept. 4 CPH-NEW press release cites data showing that sprains, strains and tears from overexertion and patient handling account for 45 percent of all occupational injuries among hospital workers. In Massachusetts, MSDs represent 25 percent of workers’ compensation lost-time claims filed by hospital workers.

“This new online continuing education tool will help nurses protect their own health and advocate for comprehensive safe patient handling and mobility programs in their health care facilities,” Laura Punnett, CPH-NEW co-director and University of Massachusetts-Lowell professor, said in the release.

To learn more about the course and partake go to
* News / Mahama Is Deliberately Lying To Nurses, He Won't Give Them Jobs- Andy Owusu by katty: October 10, 2018, 04:11:25 PM
An aide to the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Andy Owusu, has warned nurses not to buy into the idea of ex-president Mahama promising them jobs when he deliberately ignored them as President of Ghana.

In a statement issued by Mr. Owusu, he noted that prior to the 2016 elections, President Mahama boldly told nursing trainees that 'his government will never support them with any allowances and they can collectively vote against him'.

He however wondered what has informed Mr. Mahama to take this turn after being insensitive towards them.

Full statement below...

I could only burst into an endless laughter hearing ex President Mahama promising trainee nurses, 'so called jobs' upon his unattainable second coming. A promise I find illogical, laughable and out of desperation to seek political power only to loot and do more damage.

But, if he has forgotten, let me remind him; prior to the 2016 elections, he consistently told these nursing trainees, 'his government will never support them with any allowances and they can collectively vote against him'.

Mr. Mahama as President clearly showed how insensitive he was towards the concerns of nursing trainees and so, what has changed now? How could he promise these trainees jobs after completion, when he in all insensitivity did not support their their education? What kind of jobs would he offer them, if I may know?

Fortunately for these nursing students and the well meaning Ghanaians, he lost miserably and these nursing trainee allowances which he cancelled have been restored by the Akufo Addo led government. A move that has come to reduce the heavy burden on our brothers and sisters in the nursing training and their parents as well.

So, I find it laughable and see it as a move out of desperation by Ex President Mahama to deceitfully promise these trainees jobs after school. Now he is in opposition, so he may find huge monies to pay these trainees, but, could never find any to pay a mere allowance to support our friends in this noble professional training. His records as a President are parallel to what he is promising now.

Again, I wish Mr. Mahama knows that the Akufo Addo led government has employed a number of nurses he could not employ during his unfortunate stay in power. He must equally be updated that, plans are underway to employ a lot of these nurses. So, it would be best he finds a message, because his records are known and on that, nobody can trust him.

It is also important that, Mr. Mahama and the few who may deceitfully fall for his desperate promises know that President Akufo Addo cares and has a strategic plan to get you all employed. The President has demonstrated that, by restoring your allowances in full and employing over 16,000 nurses within his 20 months in power, an unprecedented number Mahama could only dream he employed under his entire period in power.

I will like to advise former president to protect the little dignity he has left by not talk on this subject matter, because his insensitivity towards these trainees has left his credibility tattered on this issue.


Andy Owusu
Aide, Ashanti Regional Chairman, NPP
* News / Nurses Begin 6-Day Warning Strike Over Proper Placement, Scheme of Service by katty: October 10, 2018, 10:03:21 AM
Portugal’s nurses on Wednesday begin the first of six strike days to press the government to table a new negotiating proposal on nursing careers in line with professionals’ expectations and commitments it has already made.

"The strike is essential to require the government to present a career proposal that meets the expectations of nurses, but, more than that, to meet the commitments that were made by the government and the Ministry of Health in the agreed negotiating guidelines, which aimed precisely to determine within what framework the assessment of the nursing career would be made," Guadalupe Simões, leader of the SEP nurses’ union told Lusa News Agency.

Starting at 8am, Wednesday’s strike is to be exclusively in hospitals (surgical wings and out-patient surgery) while on Thursday it is to take place in all public sector health institutions where nurses are in service, according to the strike notice.
The national action is to be repeated on 16, 17, 18 and 19 of October, the day when a demonstration is scheduled in front of the Ministry of Health in Lisbon to demand that the government meet commitments made during last year’s negotiating process.
The unions are demanding a review of nursing careers, the definition of conditions of access to employment categories, the salary scale, the principles of the system for performance assessment, the rules for and organisation of working time, and the conditions and criteria applicable to employment competitions.
They claim, among other matters, that the special nursing career is applicable to all public and National Health Service (SNS) institutions and to all nurses who work in them, independent of the type of employment contract they have. They are also demanding clear conditions of access to voluntary retirement for nurses and that they be entitled to full pension after 35 years of service once they are at least 57 years old; this is the unions’ starting position in the negotiations.
The unions called a strike on 20 and 21 September for the same reasons; according them, participation by nurses was at 80.4%.
The strike has been called by the SEP, Madeira’s SERAM, SINDEPOR and ASPE.

Source: News Online
* News / Ghana Needs 50,000 More Nurses for Critical Care – Expert by katty: October 10, 2018, 09:46:53 AM
Ghana needs over 50,000 nurses for critical care and emergency services at various hospitals in the country, APA learns here on Tuesday.The Principal of the School of Peri-Operative and Critical Nursing in Accra, Dr Kwaku Asante Krobea, noted that the country currently has 1,000 of such specialized nurses offering critical services.

According to him, such situation makes it difficult for patients with critical conditions to receive the needed care and attention.

“We have deficit of about 50,000 currently and the responsibility we need to take up now is to train about 5,000 more nurses in the interim to ensure that our emergency care patients receive the needed attention and care,” the Ghanaian Times report quoted Krobea as saying.

It added that his comments followed government’s inability to engage more nurses because of lack of funds.

Some of the nurses have been engaging in picketing the Jubilee House, the seat of Government in Accra to demand for employment from the government,
* News / World Mental Health Day: UK Appoints Suicide Prevention Minister by katty: October 10, 2018, 09:38:04 AM
A minister for suicide prevention has been appointed in England by the prime minister as the government hosts the first ever global mental health summit.

Theresa May said the appointment of Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price to the new role will help tackle the stigma surrounding suicide.

While suicide rates are falling, 4,500 people take their own lives every year.

The appointment comes as ministers and officials from more than 50 countries assemble in London for the summit.

Wednesday's meeting - hosted by Health Secretary Matt Hancock and attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - coincides with World Mental Health Day.

The government has also promised more support in schools, bringing in new mental health support teams and offering help in measuring students' health, including their mental wellbeing.

Ms May said: "We can end the stigma that has forced too many to suffer in silence and prevent the tragedy of suicide taking too many lives."

Alongside the announcement, the prime minister pledged £1.8m to the Samaritans so the charity can continue providing its free helpline for the next four years.
Source : BBC
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