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* News / Kenya Nurses disown Mugo wa Wairimu, term him 'fake' and dangerous by katty: November 07, 2018, 07:23:46 AM
The nurses union has distanced itself from quack doctor Mugo wa Wairimu who for the second time was exposed operating an illegal clinic in Kayole.

Addressing journalists at KNH, Kenya national union of nurses secretary general Seth Panyako said Wairimu does not appear in their register.

"We want to say as nurses very categorically and strongly that the person is not a nurse," Panyako said on Tuesday.

"We disassociate ourselves from that incident and that fellow," he added.

James Mugo Ndichu, alias Doctor Mugo wa Wairimu, returned to the headlines three years after he was charged for allegedly sedating and raping his patients at another unlicensed clinic in Githurai 44 and masquerading as a gynaecologist.

Panyako has called on the authorities to take stern action against the "fake" doctor.

"We cannot have criminals operating as medical personnel. Members of the public need to be protected from such unscrupulous people," he said.

In an investigative piece by NTV, Wairimu is seen giving a diagnosis seemingly drunk. He then proceeds to demand Sh800 for drugs that cost only Sh40.

The fake doctor also extorts Sh23,000 from a woman whose daughter had just procured an abortion in the pretext that she was receiving treatment for a stomach upset.

Wairimu who was first arrested and charged in October 2015, has reiterated that he is a legit doctor who studied at the University of Nairobi.

He was granted a bond of Sh2 million with a surety of similar amount.

"I am back stronger, candid, daring and fearless. Like it or not but I’m back, my lessons fresh. Those who counted me out will be met with shock and disbelief,” a post on his Facebook page reads.

Wairimu was also charged on April this year for obtaining Sh100,000 by false pretences.

Detectives have been looking for him after he went missing following the expose.

Police also recovered equipment believed to be used in facilitating illegal abortions.
Source : The Star Newspaper
* News / Kenya Nurses threaten strike over Health Amendment Bill 2018 by katty: November 06, 2018, 08:58:48 PM
The National Nurses Association of Kenya is protesting the Health Amendment Bill 2018 that is now before parliament claiming it failed to capture its views.

The association is now threatening a nurses strike in one month to push for inclusion of their views in the bill as well as four slots in the Nursing Council of Kenya as the custodians of the profession.

Just a week after Kenya National Union of Nurses, called off Nurses strike at Kenyatta National Hospital, after reaching a compromise with the Ministry of Health, National Nurses Association of Kenya is threatening another nationwide nurses strike over the Health Amendment bill 2018 currently before parliament.

The association claims it has been shortchanged in the bill and denied its rightful position in the board of the nursing council of Kenya yet it is a major stakeholder in the profession.

The association wants nurses to superintend over all apparatus pertaining to their work at medical facilities.

It claims the bill falls short of public participation a tenet in the constitution and should be declared null and void.

It wants a clear legal framework to govern the profession and weed out those masquerading as nurses to protect the integrity of the profession.

Source : KBC
* News / Ogun Governor Amosun Orders Immediate Employment of 30 Doctors, 100 Nurses by katty: November 06, 2018, 08:51:01 PM
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has ordered immediate employment of 30 medical doctors and 100 nurses into the state civil service within the next two weeks.

He gave the directive during the Treasury Board Meeting in preparation for the 2019 budget held on Tuesday in Abeokuta.

Amosun said the employment would provide a temporary succour for the shortfall in the health sector before the 2019 budget is passed which would allow more employments in the sector.

He added that an additional provision of at least 100 medical doctors and 300 nurses would be made in the 2019 budget.

Amosun said the employment would add more to the wage bill of the state which the state is struggling to pay, adding that he would comply with whatever minimum wage agreed upon by the government-NLC negotiating team.

Earlier, the state commissioner for Health, Babatunde Ipaye had demanded inclusion of employment of no fewer than 100 medical doctors into the 2019 budget which will complement the existing 142 in the service.

He explained that Abeokuta city currently has 22 medical doctors with 122 nurses attending to an average of 12,000 patients on monthly basis while Ijebu Ode has 17 medical doctors to attend to average of 8,000 patients.

According to Ipaye, only seven medical doctors operate in each of Ota and Ilaro with average of 2,500 patients adding that no fewer than 40 to 50 doctors would be required to immediately address the shortfall.

Source : Daily Trust
* News / Ghana Nursing and Midwifery Council Honours Nurse for Delivering Baby on a Bus by katty: November 06, 2018, 04:57:23 PM
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana, has honoured Ms. Sophia Safia Sulemana, a midwife at the Kunkwa Health Centre in the Mamprugu Moaduri District of the Northern Region, who delivered a pregnant woman of a baby while on board an Accra-Bolgatanga bus.

Ms. Sulemana who was part of the new inductees of the N&MC that were inducted into the health profession on Monday in Accra, was said to have delivered the pregnant woman of a baby boy at 3:00 am while on board the bus on Sunday, September 23, 2018.

She was said to have used improvised polythene bags as gloves to receive the baby, got a blade from a passenger to cut the umbilical cord of the baby, and pulled out a string from a sack to tie the cord.

“The news of her professional display got to our attention through social media. Upon further enquiries, we established the veracity of the story and invited her to our head office in Accra to officially commend her,” the N&MC said in a release issued and copied to the GNA in Accra.

According to the release, the work of a midwife required dedication and experience and that was exactly what Ms Sulemana exhibited when she helped “the panic-stricken mum to keep calm, before catching the newborn child in her arms.”

The Council also commended the entire passengers on board the bus and the two other women who assisted Ms Sulemana to help the woman deliver the baby boy.

Narrating the incident at the induction ceremony amidst applause from those gathered, Ms. Sulemana indicated that there was pregnant woman in the bus she boarded on Saturday 22 September 2018 going to Tamale for antenatal care on that fateful Saturday.

She said half way through the journey, a passenger who was sitting next to the pregnant woman and knew that she was a midwife informed her that the pregnant woman was in pain.

“I quickly moved to where the woman was and demanded her antenatal card and realized her gestational age was almost 38 weeks. Her ultra sound report indicated that she was expected to deliver on October 1, 2018’’

She noted that, she did not want to monitor labour on the bus so she asked the driver to speed up so that they could get to a nearby health facility.

“However, after monitoring her for some time, she started shouting in pain and I immediately asked the driver to stop. At that time, we were on the Buipe-Fufulso road. The whole place was dark, bushy and very risky.”

She asked the passengers to grant her some privacy, and then spread a cloth on the floor and put the woman on it.

It was there that she realized the baby‘s head was coming out of the vaginal opening. She got assistance from two other women on board the bus.

“I quickly asked for polythene, which I used as gloves because I had none on me. After l delivered the baby, which was a bouncy baby boy, the baby cried and that was my greatest joy because when a baby is delivered and he doesn’t cry, something might have gone wrong,” Ms Suleman recounted.

The next hurdle was to separate the baby from the mother by cutting off the umbilical cord; she used a new blade to cut off the cord.

“As there was no cord clump, I needed to improvise by using a thread to tie the umbilical cord to prevent it from bleeding. I pulled off one string from a sack and tied it. I cleaned up the baby and gave him to one of the passengers to hold him while I concentrated on the mother to deliver the placenta.”

“I delivered the placenta through control cord traction, then massaged the uterus through the abdomen to help the uterus to contract and stop bleeding. I then cleaned up the mother and handed over the baby to her to be breastfeed. Immediately we were done, the bus moved to Tamale where the mother and baby were handed over to the husband and nurses from the West Hospital in Tamale to be given proper medical care.”

Mr. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Health Minister who was full of praise for Ms Sulemana said: “had it not been her intervention the story might have been different”

He later presented a motorbike, a hospital kit and a citation of honour, on behalf of the Ghana Health Service and the N&MC to Ms. Sulemana for her timely intervention in the situation.

Meanwhile, over 5,000 nurses, nurse assistants and midwives who sat for the Nursing Examination, passed and qualified in 2017, were inducted into the nursing profession.

The inductees represented newly qualified health professionals from the Southern zone ‘A’ comprising the cluster of schools from the Volta, Eastern and the Greater Accra Regions.

They form the first batch of the over 22,000 inductees to be inducted by the N&MC this November from all over the country.

Source: GNA
* News / Israeli Company Creates HIV Drug that Kills 90% Virus in human Within 4 Weeks by katty: November 06, 2018, 08:56:58 AM
A new HIV drug created by Israeli researchers has passed its first human clinical trial.

At end of the trial, it was discovered that the drug, named Gammora, created by Zion Medical, an Israeli biotech company was capable of wiping out 99 per cent of HIV infected cells in the human body.

According to a statement released by the company and available on PR Newswire, Gammora was able to eliminate up to 90 per cent of the virus during the first four weeks of the trial.

Zion Medical developed the drug Gammora in collaboration with the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Sirion Biotech in Germany.

The drug is designed to attack and kill the HIV-infected cells in the human body without causing damage to the healthy cells.

In the study, researchers randomly assigned nine participating patients from the Ronald Bata Memorial Hospital in Uganda to receive different doses of Gammora between four to five weeks in July and August of this year.

While the new HIV drug is still in its first stage of exploration, the results have already offered hope that a cure for the dreaded virus is possible.

“Most patients showed a significant reduction of the viral load of up to 90 per cent from the baseline during the first four weeks,” said Dr. Esmira Naftalim, Zion Medical’s head of development.
Source: Punch Newspaper
* News / Ghana Nursing Council Inducts 5,000 Newly Qualified Nurses and Midwives in Accra by katty: November 06, 2018, 08:19:23 AM
Over 5,000 nurses, nurse assistants and midwives who sat for the Nursing Examination, passed and qualified in 2017, were on Monday inducted into the nursing profession by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (N&MC) of Ghana.

The inductees, represented newly qualified health professionals from the Southern zone ‘A’ comprised of the cluster of schools from the Volta, Eastern and the Greater Accra Regions.

They formed the first batch of the over 22,000 inductees to be inducted by the N&MC this November from all over the country.

The Reverend Veronica Mina Darko, Chairperson of the 14th Governing Board of the N&MC led the induction ceremony by taking the inductees through the “Nurses’ Pledge” and the “Midwives Prayer”.

Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Minister of Health congratulated the inductees for successfully completing their nursing and midwifery programmes.

He advised them to be guided by their oath and pledge in the “increasingly difficult, ethical, life and death decisions you will make throughout your professional lives”.

He said the government was working together with the stakeholders to improve Ghana’s health systems by ensuring that the right number of adequately trained healthcare workers were in the right places.

He said the government was also ready to provide the needed support framework and infrastructural development to help the professionals to leverage on and work to impact on the lives of the citizens.

Mr Agyeman-Manu announced that under the Digital Ghana Agenda, and with support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana, had become the first in West Africa to conduct online licensing examination for nursing and midwifery candidates.

“The process, I must admit is more efficient, effective and credible. After examination, I was informed that the release of results would be done in 20 working days instead of the 70 days for written exams.

“But to my surprise, the results were released within 10 working days and the good news is that those who were successful have registered for postings for the National Service whilst their colleagues who did the written will be expecting their results in December this year.

“This is a clear demonstration of how efficient and beneficial the system is to nursing and midwifery education, practice and regulation in the country”.

The Minister called for the training of more preventive and specialised nurses that could reach out to people in the hard to reach areas of the country with specialised health care services.

He used the occasion to congratulate Ms Sophia Safia Sulamana, a midwife at the Kunkwa district in the Northern Region, who was also part of the inductees, for delivering a pregnant woman of a baby boy at 0300 hours while on board an Accra-Bolgatanga bus on Sunday, September 23, 2018.

Ms Sulemana, was said to have had improvised polythene bags as gloves to receive the baby, got a blade from a passenger to cut the umbilical cord of the baby and pulled out a string from a sack to tie the cord.

The Health Minister who was full of praise for Ms Sulemana said: “had it not been for her intervention, the story would have been different”.

He later presented a motorbike, a hospital kit and a citation of honour, on behalf of the Ghana Health Service and the N&MC to Ms Sulemana for her timely intervention in the situation.

Professor Lydia Aziato, Acting Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Ghana, advised the newly inducted professionals to live by their core values of professionalism in providing quality care to all persons.

“You should use your head, heart and hands in delivering quality health care to people”, she added.

* News / Ghana: Rotation Nurses In Upper East Region Declare Strike Over Unpaid Allowance by katty: November 06, 2018, 08:14:18 AM
Rotation nurses in the Upper East Region have declared an indefinite strike over unpaid service allowances.

About 147 nurses at the Bolgatanga Regional hospital in the regional capital joined their colleagues in other districts to strike on Monday, 5 November 2018 to compel the government to pay their arrears.

This strike follows that of other rotation nurses in the Eastern Region who began theirs last week.

The nurses, who said they had not been paid for the past eight months, converged on the administration block of the Central Hospital and chanted songs.

They expressed their displeasure with the government, saying there is too much “concentrating on free education” while “we are suffering”. “Until he pays our money, we’re not coming to work.”

The nurses claim they have been neglected by the government.

“We’ve been neglected. Since school time and up to now, we’re still neglected.

“In history, we are the only batch that did not even get allowances during school time, and, as of now, we’ve not gotten our allowances. Is it possible? And they expect us to come to work every day. The government should do something about it.”

The spokesperson for the group, Makafui Livingston told journalists that their colleagues in the north had not been cleared financially.

“What bothers me the most is our colleagues, those that have not been cleared financially, we have Yendi Nursing Training and another one from the north; they have not been cleared financially at all, so, they are not giving them anything now. As to whether they’ll be getting the money or not, we don’t know and it’s very sad.”
Source : Modern Ghana
* News / Zambia Needs 20,000 Additional Nurses by katty: November 06, 2018, 08:10:00 AM
ZAMBIA has a shortage of 20, 000 nurses to service over 15 million people.

President Edgar Lungu recently directed the Ministry of Health to improve health service delivery by building more facilities countrywide.

Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said Government plans to recruit 30, 000 nurses by 2030 to meet the deficit.

Dr Chilufya said this on Sunday when he officiated at the graduation ceremony for 116 nurses, midwives and public health nurses at Kasama School of Nursing.

“You are employed immediately. You will be posted to all parts of the country to ensure that all citizens access health care services
* News / Quebec's First Male Midwife Feeling at Home in Uncharted Territory by katty: November 04, 2018, 06:01:08 PM
While the word “midwife” seems to suggest a feminine-only practice, the first Quebec man to enter the profession is adamant that he doesn’t need a different title.

Louis Maltais points out that the word, which comes from Old English, actually means “with woman” — and that it goes straight to the core of what a midwife does.

“It’s about women, and it will stay like this, because it’s about women’s time and their experiences, and the name says that,” Maltais said. “We’re there for women.”

Maltais turned heads earlier this year when he became the first Quebec man to enter and complete the province’s only university-level midwife training program.

The months since then have been a whirlwind that included delivering his 100th baby over the summer, moving back to his hometown of Chicoutimi, and attending screenings of a documentary about his experiences, titled “Un homme sage-femme.”

Maltais, who is a young-looking 31, said he feels his peers and his patients have been open to having a man in their midst.

Part of the reason he allowed the documentary crew to follow him, he explained, was to share his experience with others — including men — who may want to enter the profession.

“I think it’s not for every man because it’s very feminist, and that’s a very important part of it, but when you feel really comfortable with this, women are very open,” he said in an interview ahead of the film’s first Montreal screening at the Cinematheque quebecoise on Saturday.

The documentary, which is showing until Wednesday, will also be broadcast on French-language TV at a later date.

While about one woman in 20 doesn’t want him at their birth, Maltais said most are receptive — and they generally become more comfortable over time.

Maltais said he debated becoming an osteopath or an acupuncturist before deciding to become a birth specialist, for reasons he’s not entirely sure how to explain.

He was looking for a job where he could connect with people, and he started researching the Bachelor of Midwifery program at the Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, where he was attracted to the profession’s patient-centric approach.

“I like the challenge, and to bring something different and something very important for women, to help women find their power to give birth,” he said.

“This is huge, and I was looking for something huge that would have many meanings.”

While midwifery has been practised in Canada for centuries, notably by Indigenous women, the practice began re-emerging in the mainstream in the 1960s and 70s along with the women’s right movement, according to the Canadian Association of Midwives.

Currently, midwives are present at about 11 per cent of births in Canada, although that varies widely by province.

Ontario had the most midwife-led births last year with over 23,400, although B.C. had the highest percentage at over 22 per cent.

Midwives provide health care to women during pregnancy, labour and the post-partum period, with the goal of facilitating a positive experience centred on the mother’s needs.

Like any other new midwife, Maltais says he’s still learning to navigate the tricky line that requires him to respect women’s wishes while occasionally having to set limits to minimize risk.

“We are guides. We follow women, but we have to say no when we have to say no, because (safety) is the first thing,” he said.

The Canadian Association of Midwives says it only knows of one other male midwife who was trained in Canada, although there may be a handful who did their training elsewhere.

But while male midwives are extremely rare in Canada, the association points out that’s not necessarily the case in other countries.

And as demand rises to the point where many midwives have long waiting lists, the group’s president said she’s more than happy to welcome Maltais into their ranks.

“From the position of the Canadian Association of Midwives, we want more midwives practising in Canada, whatever gender they may be,” Nathalie Pambrun said.

* News / WHO Director General Applauds WISH report On Nursing by katty: November 04, 2018, 05:48:09 PM
A report on nursing and midwifery produced for the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), an initiative of Qatar Foundation, has received special appreciation from Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Nursing is one of nine topics that will be discussed during the WISH 2018 summit, which takes place from November 13-14. The report highlighted changing attitudes towards nursing and the need to respond to the public perception of nursing in a way that fills the many gaps in the global nursing workforce.

“Nurses and midwives are at the heart of progress toward Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. They are not only essential for delivering health services; their experience and knowledge are also valuable assets in shaping health policy, and their voices deserve to be heard at the policymaking table,” Dr Ghebreyesus said in a foreword to the WISH report.

Research conducted for the WISH 2018 report titled ‘Nursing and Midwifery; The Key to the Rapid and Cost-Effective Expansion of High-Quality Universal Health Coverage’ revealed that those surveyed were open to an increase in nurse-led services. More than two-thirds of respondents said it did not matter whether a doctor or a nurse treats them for non-life-threatening conditions, as long as they had the appropriate standards of education, training, skills, and experience. And more than 80% saw nurses and doctors as equally valuable members of the healthcare team.

The survey, which saw 6,500 people questioned, was conducted in seven countries: Qatar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, China, India, and Denmark. The results suggest that there would be widespread public support for nurses making an even greater contribution to healthcare in the future. The WISH report also proposes an action plan to maximise this contribution, which is drafted based on what are identified as the current barriers to progress.

The WISH 2018 ‘Nursing and UHC’ forum will be chaired by Lord Nigel Crisp, co-chair of the three-year global Nursing Now campaign and co-chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health within the UK Parliament’s House of Lords.

Earlier this year, WISH, in partnership with Hamad Medical Corporation, launched the Nursing Now Qatar campaign at the Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare in Doha.

As part of its commitment to empower nurses in Qatar, WISH will support a ‘Nursing Now’ leadership training programme for Qatari nurses.

Source : Gulf Times
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