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* News / Douglas Adu-Fokuo Declares To Contest for GRNMA National PRO position by katty: April 02, 2019, 06:02:48 AM
Dear All,
Tell the world I am coming home to put smiles on the faces of Nurses Midwives
Douglas Adu-Fokuo (Kofi Ghana) is a Registered Nurse with BA in Communication Studies (with specialization in journalism). He is currently pursuing MPH. He has been an active advocate for nurses and midwives since 2012, until he was sent to the GRNMA Disciplinary Committee on 20th October 2017.
Among the alleged misconduct for the appearance before GRNMA DC included :
▪Advocating for nurses and midwives to have a fair representation on the National Health Insurance Authority board
▪Reacting to an officer for removing my name from the 2017 GRNMA Conference Delegates' album
▪Mobilizing members of the association to attend the 2017 GRNMA conference in their numbers
▪A publication dubbed "Mahama's scrap of allowance the most senseless decision
▪Visiting schools to sensitize the students on GRNMA
▪Granting interviews on radio and TV to advocate for nurses and midwives
▪I did not work for 3 years before contesting for that Greater Accra Regional PRO
These allegations have been responded respectively. However, a copy of the GRNMA Disciplinary Committee's report has not been given to me for over a year now. The GRNMA DC advised me not to talk on behalf of nurses and midwives, especially on TV and Radio.
Douglas has been doing much for the GRNMA Association and the entire nurses and midwives in Ghana.
▪From 2017 to date, as a member of the GHS PR Unit, he has ensured officers who extort unapproved monies from nurses and midwives, especially interview fees and few others, are sanctioned. This has deter most officers from charging promotion interview fees from nurses and midwives.
▪Advocating for some nurses and midwives to attend international short courses
▪Lobbied and advocated for some nurses and midwives to go on secondment at Food and Drugs Authority.
▪Collaborated with Mathias and Rebecca Kumah to ensure a colleague wrongfully arrested over 10 billion old currency, was granted bail. By God's grace the issue has been addressed.
▪With a team, advocated for possible fair representation on boards of health agencies and other appointments for nurses and midwives
▪Assisted some nurses and midwives, especially those in undeserved areas to get study leave approval
▪Serving as an errand officer for some nurses and midwives by following up on their letters (transfer, promotion, study leave)
▪Ensuring refund of money extorted from nurses midwife interns
▪Protecting my integrity and ensuring ati-corrupt crusade by rejecting or refusing money meant to appreciate my services and meant to influence my works

▪Played an active role in the implementation of the online recruitment portal system which has ensured fairness in distribution of staff and also removed human influence on distribution of staff. In future this online system will be used for study leave application to reduce reported unfairness in selection.
▪In february 2017, he investigated into a strange death of a nurse in Axim Nzima, Central region. The nurse was found dead in a galamsey pit (pond). The investigation was done in collaboration with the Western regional Chairperson, Philimon Agyapong.
▪Douglas is the reason why GRNMA active social media platforms.
▪The first active GRNMA Whatsapp platform he created was the GAR GRNMA Youth Wing platform on *11th November, 2015*
▪In consultation with David Tenkorang, he created GRNMA Youth Wing Whatsapp platform on *24th July 2016*
▪Created GAR GRNMA Instagram page with almost 1000 followers, GAR GRNMA twitter account, GAR GRNMA facebook account (Nurses Midwives) with about 5,000 member, and GAR GRNMA facebook page with about 6,000 followers
▪Reach more than 10,000 nurses and midwives via Whatsapp broadcast
▪Piloting of broadcast messages for Greater Accra Regional Council Members
▪In 2017, Advocated for the last batch of certificate nurse trainees to be included in the restoration of trainees allowances
▪As GAR GRNMA PRO from 2016 to date, *83 percent of my campaign messages has been fulfilled*. (effective communication, advocating for financial support for districts, youth involvement, district tour by regional executives, collaborating with the regional executives to ensure regional financial reports are made available and minutes are sent via a common mail for all to access)
▪With the assistance of GAR GRNMA Assistant PRO, Solomon Ajao, the GAR GRNMA Communication Team, we have increased the turn out at regional meetings and improved communication in the region.
▪Sensitization of students on GRNMA
▪In collaboration with few others set the media agenda for formation of the new Midwives group
▪Part of the team addressing the stoppage of GRNMA deductions are the initial stage, but I was no more involved for reasons best known to the National Officers
▪Part of the validation team to ensure all unpaid salary arrears and promotional arrears are duly paid, but I was no more engaged for an allegation by the auditor, without the National Officers giving me a fair hearing. As a result, to date some nurses and midwives have their salary arrears and promotional arrears unpaid.
▪Advocated for over 7,000 nurses and midwives for their salary arrears and promotional arrears to be paid. As at 2016, 30 percent had been paid, though there were some anomalies.
▪n 2015, Douglas ensured effective communication and helped to revive Osu-Klottey district GRNMA.
He produced a letter head at no cost, for the district, and some local branches of GRNMA.
▪He went to the aid of then Unposted Nurses and Midwives who were arrested for picketing till they were granted bail, in collaboration with the then GNMTA President, Akadzie Godwin
▪With a team, he formed the GAR GRNMA youth wing and organized a get together party for them to ensure Youth involvement in the association
▪In 2012/2013, he caused the arrest of one fraudster, Collins Appiah /Michael Asante, who extorted huge amount from over 200 nurse midwife trainees, especially from Mampong Midwifery Training College, in the name of helping them pass their resit exams.
▪In 2014, he advocated against the mistreatment of the midwives at KATH by some community members, over the missing babies saga. He advocated for their protection for physical threats, of which he was threatened by a National GRNMA Executive, that he life will be made miserable in Ashanti Region and he will not get employment.
▪In 2012, as a GRNMA National Projects Manager, he and his co-GNMTA executives toured almost all nursing and midwifery training colleges in all the 10 regions to sensitive nurse midwife trainees in Ghana on GNMTA and GRNMA. This tour was financed by the individual National GNMTA Executives. This tour was proposed to GRNMA for adoption.
Plans for 2020 to 2023 GRNMA PR office will be outlined soon
I hereby declare my intention to file for nomination in May to contest for the GRNMA National PRO position
I will need your massive support.
Thank you.
Douglas Adu-Fokuo
* News / UK: Number of Nurses Being Attacked By Dogs While Visiting Patients on The Rise by katty: April 01, 2019, 06:10:44 PM
An increasing number of community nurses in Derbyshire are being bitten by dogs while visiting patients in their homes.

Leadership at the Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust (DCHS) say that much of the risk around these incidents is “unpreventable” due to the very nature of the job.

A report published by the trust says that there has been an “increase in the number of dog bites”.

At a meeting of the trust’s governing board on Thursday, March 28, Ian Lichfield, a non-executive director, suggested that staff could call the patient they were about to visit, ask if they have a dog, and if they do, “ask them to put it away”.

Amanda Rawlings, the trust’s director of people and organisational effectiveness, said: “I hate to say this, but some of this is almost unpreventable.

“When staff visit patients, it is in the patient’s home environment and it is hard to avoid this risk if they own dogs.

“It is a similar problem as that faced by those in the postal service. The number of incidents we are seeing is increasing.”

There have been 12 incidents of staff being injured by dogs while giving care to patients at home in the current financial year.

In the previous year, 2017 through to March 2018, there were 12 injuries sustained by staff from dogs and one in which a member of staff was scratched by a cat.

A spokesperson from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust said: “We all need to do our best to keep staff safe while they are visiting patients at home to deliver care.

* News / More Abu Dhabi Nurses Need Specialized Skills by katty: April 01, 2019, 06:01:43 PM
Abu Dhabi: The emirate of Abu Dhabi’s public healthcare facilities have enough nurses to cater to patients, but there is still a need to advance their skills, a top healthcare official said in the capital on April 1.

“We have 7,800 nurses working across our hospitals and clinics. However, most nurses possess only general skills. What we are looking for now is nurses who are certified specialists in their field of care, including surgery, renal care, emergency adult and paediatric care, and midwifery,” said Dr Aysha Al Mahri, group nursing and allied health director at the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha).

Nurses with advanced skills can greatly uplift the standard of care across our facilities, and this is our focus at the moment
- Dr Aysha Al Mahri, group nursing and allied health director at the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company
To that end, Seha is working to introduce include an academic qualification programme by the end of the year that will allow nurses to become certified while on the job.

“Nurses with advanced skills can greatly uplift the standard of care across our facilities, and this is our focus at the moment,” Dr Al Mahri told Gulf News.

She was speaking on the sidelines of the first Seha International Nursing Excellence Conference, a two-day forum where hundreds of nurses are meeting with healthcare officials to discuss the future needs of the sector.

As Abu Dhabi’s public healthcare provider, Seha currently manages and operates 13 hospitals with 2,775 beds, 41 primary healthcare centres, three mobile clinics, four dental centres, two blood banks and 10 disease prevention and screening centres. Between them, the facilities see 100,000 inpatients and five million outpatients each year.

Gulf News reported in September 2017 that Seha hired 2,000 new nurses between 2017 and 2018 in order to maintain nurse-to-patient ratios at international standards. Dr Al Mahri said at the time that the skills required of nurses were shifting, especially as the growth of specialist hospitals and medical fields call for specialised nursing care.

“At present, Seha facilities boast nurses with advanced skills in critical care and community healthcare, but most of them have gained the skills through years of experience. We now want to encourage our existing direct care nurses to pursue advanced certifications and become nursing practitioners,” Dr Al Mahri explained. Nursing practitioners must have a minimum of a master’s degree in their specific fields.

In addition, Seha is also looking to boost the number of Emiratis in the sector, as the number has remained stagnant at 124 Emirati nurses since 2017. This requires a change in perception about the profession, and a better awareness of the advancement opportunities it offers, Dr Al Mahri said.
Source : Gulf News
* Schools of Nursing / Ogun State Ministry of Health 2019/2020 Admission Form on Sale by katty: April 01, 2019, 03:28:34 PM
Interested Candidates are hereby invited for Admission into Ogun State Schools of Nursing.



Eligible Candidates Must Possess WASC/GCE/NECO  O’Level with Minimum of five (5) Credits which Must Include English Language. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology at not more than Two (2) Sittings. Candidates AWAITING RESULT CAN ALSO APPLY


Collect bank name and account number/code from the account department of ministry of health
Present the bank teller/print out to the account department after 48 hours to collect log in pin for your online registration.
proceed online to for the completion of your registration and print your examination photo card
Application closes friday, 7th June. 2019
Examination comes up on Saturday 15th June, 2019.
Venue: Son, idi-aba, Abeokuta

Time: 8 00am


Applicants are requested to have a functioning e-mail address for future contact.
Examination is computer based testing in the following subjects: English Language Physics, Chemistry, Biology and General Paper.
Candidates are advised to keep their log in PIN as loss of log in PIN will attract payment of another fee For Application Form.
All enquiries should be directed at the director Of Nursing Services Ogun State Ministry Of Health (Room 104) Only.
Dr. Nafiu Aigoro

Permanent Secretary
* News / Canadian Nurse Fired After Allegedly Inducing Labour Without Consent by katty: March 31, 2019, 01:11:32 PM
A nurse in Moncton was fired after allegations that labour was induced without consent, Horizon Health Network confirmed Saturday.

A press release from Horizon Health said it fired the labour and delivery nurse after an internal investigation revealed "strong evidence" the nurse administered Oxytocin, which caused two patients to require an urgent caesarean section. Horizon said it took immediate action to launch an investigation.

Oxytocin is a drug that causes contractions and is used to induce labour, speed up labour and stop bleeding following labour. If it's not administered properly, contractions can become too strong.

The health authority said the two affected patients and their families have been contacted. Hospital staff were informed of the situation March 27.

"Our investigation at this point has identified these two patients and these two patients alone," said Ken Gillespie, an obstetrician and chief of staff of Moncton  Hospital, when asked if there could be more than two patients affected.

Gillespie said patients should reach out to Horizon if they have questions about their care.

"On behalf of Horizon we would like to apologize to the patients and families affected by the actions of our former employee," the press release said

The press release also said the two mothers and their babies are "safe and doing well."

Horizon said it will not be commenting any further at this time.

RCMP said they are investigating an incident at the request of Horizon Health. They say no arrest has been made.

Source :
* News / Nigerian Nurses Are Not Doctors’ Assistants --Professor Adejumo by katty: March 31, 2019, 01:00:55 PM
Professor Prisca Olabisi Adejumo, a lecturer at the University of Ibadan, has said that nurses and midwives are not doctors’ assistants and should be rated appropriately in the country’s healthcare delivery system.

Delivering her inaugural lecture at the University she said, “Nurses and midwives are not doctors’ assistants. They are health professionals in their own right, with specific skills and training that enable them to perform a wide variety of essential roles. They make up half of the health workforce; they are close to people and critical too health care teams”.

While quoting the words of Dr. Tedro, she made a veiled reference to the dichotomy in the nation’s healthcare delivery system where nurses are still battling to be rated like their colleagues in Western Europe and North America.

Adejumo, a professor of nursing science in the University while delivering the university’s 452nd inaugural lecture, argued that nurses are the gate-keepers in the health care delivery system, adding that “understanding who a nurse is also vital in the bid to know who the nurse is”.

She explained, “A nurse is a gate-keeper to life at birth and death, an angel who opens the eyes of a newborn and gently closes the eyes of a dying man. It is indeed a big privilege to be the first to witness the beginning and the end of life”.

In the inaugural lecture which was laced with her research findings in HIV and cancer counseling, Professor Adejumo called for adequate financial support for nurses to enable them carry out the enormous task of nursing the nursed.

“Adequate support in terms of finance and personnel must be made available for the nurse not only to nurse the nursed but also not to transit to become the nursed,” she suggested.

Quoting from one of her research findings, Professor Adejumo argued that exhaustion due to work pressure from few nurses attending to a large number of patients could lead to “medication administration errors among nurses”, hence the need for adequate personnel in healthcare facilities.

She also called for adequate remuneration for nurses to stop the financial pressure that could make them “transit to become the nursed”.

Professor Adejumo’s inaugural lecture entitled: “Riding through risks into new frontier: The nurse, the nursed and nursing” was witnessed by a mammoth crowd made up of academics, her professional colleagues and her students who took turns to hug her after the presentation.
Source: Independent Newspaper
* News / At Last Male Contraceptive Pills Declared Safe To Use by katty: March 30, 2019, 08:15:37 PM
The desire by men to have a contraceptive pill is over. For years, researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development have been working on a pill for men who do not want to have children and do not want to have a condom as their only alternative.

In 2012, they tested two gels which saw men’s sperm drop from 15 to 200 million sperm per millilitre to less than 1 million per milliliter.

A few days ago, male reproduction biologist Christina Wang from the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) and her team announced that an oral drug called 11-beta-MNTDC is safe after being tested on 40 men in its phase 1 clinical trial.

“Our results suggest that this pill, which combines two hormonal activities in one, will decrease sperm production while preserving libido,” she said at the ENDO (Endocrine Society’s annual conference) 2019 in New Orleans on Sunday.

“Since testosterone production is shut down in the testes, the androgen action in the rest of the body maintains ‘maleness’ elsewhere, supporting things like male pattern hair, deep voice, sex drive and function, and lean body mass,”  endocrinologist Stephanie Page from the University of Washington added.

However, a few participants said that they experienced fatigue, headaches, and acne as side effects while two mild erectile dysfunctions. But these effects are mild, the scientists reported.

Source : Guardian Newspaper
* News / Rumor: OET to Take off in Nigeria in July 2019 by katty: March 30, 2019, 07:33:59 PM
Unconfirmed report circulating on the popular social networking application Whatsapp has it that the much awaited kick off of Occupational English Test is now in July 2019.

The purported message was claimed to have been sent by a popular CBT test centre in Nigeria.

According to the message, OET headquarters in Australia will make a former announcement of her website in June while the first batch will sit for the exam in July.

OET is an alternative to ielts for foreign educated nurses and doctors who hope to practice in developed world. It is currently accepted in UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It is generally believed that it is easier to pass than ielts as its language are tailored towards specific profession.

It should be noted that OET does not accept paper applications and interested applicants can apply on OET website on when the announcement is made and Nigeria is listed among the centers.

OET registration fees is AUD $587.00 which is about #150, 000. Only South Africa and Egypt have approved centres in Africa.
* Post Basic Courses / University Of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital 2019/2020 A&E Nursing Form on Sale by katty: March 30, 2019, 02:44:59 PM
Applications are invited from suitably qualified Nurses for admission into a 12-calendar month Post Basic Diploma Programme in Paediatric Nursing and Accident & Emergency Nursing for the 2019/2020 academic session.


Applicants for admission into these programmes must possess the following: 

SSCE with 5 credits in not more than two sittings. These must include English Language, Mathematics, Biology (not Health Science), Physics and Chemistry. A combination of NECO and WAEC is acceptable.
Registered Nurse/Midwife with a minimum of one (1) year post qualification experience.
B.NSc with a PGDE is an added advantage.
Selection of candidates will be based on academic qualifications, performance at the entrance examination and oral interview.


Applicants should pay a non-refundable fee of N10,000:00 (Ten thousand naira)only to STERLING BANK (UPTH BRANCH) A/C No. 0008832930 for Paediatric Nursing Programme and STERLING BANK (UPTH BRANCH) A/C No. 0029875947 for Accident & Emergency Programme, and present the teller to the School Bursar, for the issuance of an official receipt, and on presentation of evidence of such payment, obtain an application form from the Administration Office of the School either Post Basic Paediatric Nursing or Post Basic Accident & Emergency Nursing, as the case may be.


Completed application forms, with photocopies of all relevant documents are to reach the Coordinator of the Programme of choice (Paediatric or Accident & Emergency), School of Post Basic Nursing Studies on or before Wednesday 31st July 2019.



Tuesday 27th August, 2019 for Paediatric Nursing Programme,
Wednesday 28th  August, 2019 for Accident & Emergency Nursing Programme
 TIME: 10.00am prompt each day.

Applicants should bring along their writing materials for the examination. Mobile phones are not allowed into the examination hall.

Applicants are to bring along original copies of their certificates and valid practicing licenses for the interview on the same day.


Applicants are to make necessary arrangement for their accommodation and feeding throughout the duration of their interview.


* News / Nigeria Ministry of Education Confirms Recognition of Maryam Abacha University by katty: March 30, 2019, 12:21:36 PM
The Federal Ministry of Education has apologised to the management of Maryam Abacha American University of Niger, Maradi, in the Republic of Niger, over the “embarrassment” caused it through circular written by office of the Head of Civil Service, Zamfara State.

This was contained in a letter with reference number FME/S/174/C.2/IX/20, dated March 14, 2019 and addressed to the President Founder, MAAUN, Maradi, Republic of Niger.

This was disclosed in a statement issued in Kano on Friday by the president and founder of MAAUN, Prof. Adamu Abubakar-Gwarzo.

The letter was signed by Dr. Giginna L. I., Education Support Services Development, Evaluation and Accreditation Division on behalf of the Minister of Education.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a circular from Office of Head of Service, Zamfara had directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies under Zamfara Government not consider certificates awarded by MAAUN Maradi for any appointment, promotion, advancement or change of cadre.

The State Government further wrote a letter to NUC and Federal Ministry of Education requesting confirmation on the status of certificates awarded by the university.

In its response, the Federal Ministry of Education, through a letter with reference number FME/S/174/C.2/B/IX/19 and dated March 14, 2019, confirmed the presence of MAAUN Maradi on the ministry’s list of accredited institutions in Niger Republic.

The letter further stated that the ministry has approved the evaluation of certificates awarded by the institution for the purpose of employment, promotion, change of cadre, admission and the National Youth Service Corps mobilisation in Nigeria.

The ministry then drew the attention of Zamfara government, or any other interested organisation, to avoid making hasty conclusion on matters related to recognition of foreign certificates without recourse to Federal Ministry of education.

The letter also requested Office of Head of service, Zamfara to recant publications credited to it on social media that disparaged the credibility of the MAAUN and to write apology letter to the institution to avoid diplomatic damage between the Nigeria and the Republic of Niger.

“It should be noted that there is bilateral agreement between the two countries on recognition of educational certificates awarded by either of them.

“The management of Maryam Abacha American university of Niger, Maradi, is by this development calling on all graduates and students of MAAUN to disregard any mischief against this great institution as their certificate is internationally recognized.

“MAAUN is approved and recognized by both governments of Nigeria and Niger Republic,” read the statement in part.

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