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* 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.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com
* 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 https://www.uml.edu/Research/CPH-NEW/nurse-education/ergonomics/default.aspx
* 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.

...Signed...

Andy Owusu
Aide, Ashanti Regional Chairman, NPP
 
 
Source: Peacefmonline.com
* 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
* News / RNAO to Release New Guideline Recommendations To Combat Perinatal Depression by katty: October 10, 2018, 06:15:44 AM
Canada: Nurses, health organizations and parents will soon have the latest evidence-based recommendations to help them with a mental health illness that is prevalent, and yet largely undetected and untreated.

On Thursday, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) will release a best practice guideline (BPG) on perinatal depression at a media conference at its office in downtown Toronto.

Perinatal depression (a term used to describe depression that can occur before or after childbirth) is one of the most common illnesses experienced by women who are pregnant or postpartum. Research shows that between 10 and 14 per cent of women develop some type of mood disorder as result of pregnancy. Symptoms can include: frequent crying, trouble sleeping, fatigue or low energy levels, changes in appetite, increased anxiety, and difficulty feeling a connection with a developing baby or child. Unlike the so-called baby blues, which is considered normal, the symptoms of those experiencing perinatal depression are much more serious and last for more than a few weeks.

“There is a lot of anticipation about the release of this guideline and I look forward to its adoption into clinical practice,” says Dr. Angela Bowen, co-chair of RNAO’s best practice guideline and a nursing professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Nursing.
The guideline was developed using a systematic review of evidence and consultation with a interdisciplinary 14-member panel led jointly by Dr. Bowen and Dr. Phyllis Montgomery, a professor of nursing at Laurentian University in Sudbury. Their work was supported by RNAO's guideline research and development team, which has produced 54 best practice guidelines being implemented in Ontario and around the world.

“I am confident that this comprehensive guideline will be an invaluable resource for nurses and others caring for those who are expecting or have given birth. It will also support learning of undergraduate nursing students, provincially and nationally,” says Montgomery.

WHAT:


The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) releases the Assessment and Interventions for Perinatal Depression (2nd edition) best practice guideline

WHEN:


Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:


RNAO (2nd floor foyer)
158 Pearl St
Toronto, ON

WHO:


Doris Grinspun, RN, CEO, RNAO
Katherine Wallace, RN, Manager, BPG program, RNAO
Sue Bookey-Bassett, RN, member of the guideline panel and person with lived experience
Lhamo Dolkar, RN, RNAO board member and person with lived experience
RNAO is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing students in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the healthcare system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve. For more information about RNAO, visit RNAO.ca or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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To arrange an interview, please contact:
Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
Cell: 647-406-5605 / Office: 416-408-5605
Toll free: 1-800-268-7199 ext. 209
mzych@rnao.org
* News / Mahama Pays Surprise Visit to Nurses in Jirapa, Get Mobbed by katty: October 09, 2018, 06:02:00 PM
Former President John Mahama was mobbed at Jirapa in the Upper West region as nurses sought to take selfies with him.

Mahama had visited the nurses as part of his Upper West region campaign tour.

He arrived at Jirapa to meet chiefs and people and some very enthusiastic nurses.



Earlier, he said he will create more jobs for nurses and other health workers if he is elected as president again.

Mahama added that his government had the intention to build health facilities in every district so as to create room for more nurses and other health workers to be employed.

That intention, he said, was not understood very well by the nurses, thus, leading to agitations and protests against his government at the time he was in office.

Mahama, Bagbin and some members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) are contesting for the flagbearership slot of the NDC ahead of the 2020 polls.



Mahama is seeking the mandate of delegates to lead the party to victory in the 2020 presidential elections.
He reminded delegates of the importance of the upcoming flagbearership elections and encourage them to participate on election day.

Source:Pulse News
* News / Gender Discrimination: India Court Orders Govt to Employ Male Nurses into Army by katty: October 09, 2018, 10:51:02 AM
-Gives Govt 2 months to carryout the order

The Delhi High Court Monday termed as "gender discrimination" the Indian Army's practice of having only women in its nursing service.

"It is gender discrimination, only other way round," a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao observed after it was informed that male nurses were not recruited into the Army's nursing branch.



The court gave the Centre two months time to take a decision on the issue and listed the matter for hearing on January 21, 2019.

The central government's lawyer sought six months time to take a decision on recruiting male nurses saying that each Army base has to be communicated and their views taken.

Denying the request, the court said, "We are in a digital world. Get everyone on video conferencing and take a decision".

The Centre also placed before the court an August 2018 office order to convene a board of officers to study the feasibility of the proposal to induct male nurses in the Indian Military Nursing Service.

According to the office order, the board proceedings are to be completed and a report submitted by October 31.

The court was hearing a society's PIL alleging "blatant discrimination" in recruitment for the Indian Military Nursing Service.

In its plea, the Indian Professional Nurses Association, has said that there were several thousand males trained and qualified as professional nurses in India and their omission from nursing corps of the Army was "unjustifiable and unconstitutional inasmuch it deprives them of an avenue of employment and professional advancement".

"The said omission also deprives the military and the nation of a large pool of committed professionals," the petition, filed through advocates Amit George and Rishabh Dheer, said.

The PIL has challenged the provisions of the Military Nursing Service Ordinance 1943 and the Military Nursing Service (India) Rules 1944, to the extent they provide only for appointment of women.

It has also contended that the Ordinance and the Rules "also perpetuate the stigmatisation and ostracism of male nurses, by singling them out and making them feel unwanted".

It has said that such discrimination is contrary to the constitutional scheme and is, therefore, "ex-facie unconstitutional, illegal and arbitrary".

The petition has sought quashing of the words "if a woman" in the Indian Military Nursing Service Ordinance and to place male nurses at par with their female counterparts.

The court had earlier termed the practice of recruiting only female nurses as "antiquated" and "stereotyped".

Source: News18
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