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* News / @NCDCgov Emergency National Council On Health (NCH) Holds To Discuss #LassaFever by katty: February 13, 2018, 09:42:49 PM
The current Lassa fever outbreak entered its 5th week with four more states being affected, bringing the total number of affected states to 17. So far, 449 suspected cases have been reported with 132 of them being laboratory confirmed as positive to the Lassa fever virus. 40 deaths were recorded in confirmed cases giving a case fatality rate (CFR) of 29.6%.
With the rapid increase in the number of affected cases and states in this outbreak, high CFR recorded and health care workers’ infections, an emergency National Council on Health (NCH) meeting was held on the 5th of February 2018 under the chairmanship of the Honourable Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac F. Adewole. A total of 364 participants were in attendance including Honourable Commissioners of Health, Permanent Secretaries of States’ Ministries of Health, Directors of Public Health, State Epidemiologists from the 36 states and the FCT.
The meeting was convened to deliberate on the State of Public Health in Nigeria, with the ongoing Lassa fever outbreak as a major focus. A keynote address titled “State of Public Health in Nigeria” was delivered by the Honourable Minister of Health. It centred on the State of the Nigerian Health system, different disease outbreaks, key strategies for preparedness and response, the need for multi-sectoral collaborations, highlighting the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders. The meeting also provided an opportunity for individual States to provide updates on the current Lassa fever outbreak and the status of their preparedness and response. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) gave a national update on the Lassa fever outbreak and response activities undertaken by the agency.
Following the State and national updates provided, key issues were identified by the council. These issues ranged from poor/inactive emergency preparedness and response, poor support for State Epidemiologists and State DSNOs by State Governments, deteriorating clinical state of patients who have to move for long distances to be diagnosed or managed, poor public enlightenment and health worker education, lack of (or poor, where available) functional isolation centres /public health laboratories at sub-national levels, poor collaboration/ partnership among stakeholders at all levels especially at sub-national levels, and the need for states to pay attention to the essential needs in Lassa fever control and eradication(Man, Money and Materials). Following this, 12 key resolutions were reached at the end of the meeting:
1. All States should ensure the establishment of functional infection prevention committees (IPCs), Emergency Operational Centres (EOCs) and isolation centres.
2. All States should adopt a multi-sectoral approach to disease outbreaks including Lassa fever.
3. All State Commissioners of Health are to update their State Executives and FMOH about the state of public health including outbreaks on a weekly basis.
4. Each State should prioritise the public health challenges in their respective states and build an appropriate partnership response to it.
5. All tertiary institutions should ensure they have capacity to manage Lassa fever cases.
6. All States to ensure the strengthening of community response through enlightenment campaigns and community involvement.
7. All States to implement the 60th Council resolution on food safety to strengthen ongoing preventive measures.
8. All States especially Borno, Kano and Kebbi states should collaborate with the NCDC to prepare for Measles, Cholera, Yellow fever and Cerebrospinal Meningitis outbreaks for 2018.
9. All States should emulate the Ebonyi State example of partnership with Federal Government by establishing laboratories with existing Federal Hospitals in their State.
10. The States that have made either part payment or no payment should pay-up their counter-part funding for Measles immunisation.
11. The Director Legal and the Director Public Health of FMOH should review the laws on quarantine measures
12. Research should be conducted on disease outbreaks especially in relation to modes of transmission e.g. Monkey pox in immunocompromised persons and all year transmission/outbreak of Lassa fever
It is expected that efforts will commence on implementing the above resolutions in place at the State level to ensure better preparedness and response to disease outbreaks in Nigeria. The NCDC on its part will continue to collaborate with states, and provide technical assistance, particularly in preparedness and response to any outbreak.
In the reporting week ending on January 28, 2018:
o There were 279 new cases of Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) reported. None was confirmed as Polio. The last reported case of Polio in Nigeria was in August 2016. Active case search for AFP is being intensified as Nigeria has reinvigorated its efforts at eradicating Polio.
o Eight suspected cases of Cholera were reported from three LGAs in three States (Bauchi – 5, Kaduna – 1 &Zamfara – 2). Of these, none was laboratory confirmed and no death was recorded.
o 116 suspected cases of Lassa fever were reported from 44 LGAs in 19 States (Bauchi – 1, Borno – 1, Cross River – 2, Ebonyi – 12, Edo – 51, Ekiti – 2, FCT- 3, Gombe – 4, Imo – 1, Kaduna – 2, Kogi -4, Kwara – 3, Nasarawa – 1, Niger – 1, Ondo – 11, Osun – 2, Plateau – 7, Rivers – 4 & Taraba - 4). 30 were laboratory confirmed and eight deaths were recorded.
o There were 37-suspected cases of Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) reported from 21 LGAs in eight States (Borno – 2, Cross River – 2, Gombe – 1, Katsina - 5, Sokoto – 7, Taraba – 1, Yobe – 1 & Zamfara - 18). Of these, None was laboratory confirmed and one death was recorded. Ongoing surveillance for CSM has been intensified in all the 26 States in the Nigeria meningitis belt and case based surveillance commenced from 4th December, 2017.
o There were 357- suspected cases of Measles reported from 35 States. None was laboratory confirmed and two deaths were recorded.
In the reporting week, all States sent in their report. This is a remarkable improvement! Timeliness of reporting increased from 91% in previous week (week 3, 2018) to 92% in the current week (Week 4, 2018) while completeness remained 100% at same period. It is very important for all States to ensure timely and complete reporting at all times, especially during an outbreak.
* News / List of Nursing Schools that had 100% in Council Exams 2016 and 2017 by katty: February 13, 2018, 09:39:20 PM
-ṢThese schools had the best results in 2016 and they repeated same 100% results in 2017!
- Anambra top the list with 2 Schools, see the names of the schools and other states

The Nursing and Midwifery council of Nigeria (NMCN) had on the 9th of February 2018 written to and congratulated schools which had made a 100% consecutively in 3 seperate council exam sittings
The Letter title "EXCELLENCE PERFORMANCE IN PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATION FOR GENERAL NURSES - NOVEMBER 2016, MAY 2017 AND NOVEMBER 2017" and signed by the Secretary General/Registrar  Alh Faruk Umar Abubakar read:
The Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria at its 43rd General meeting observed that your school has recorded 100% success consecutively in the Professional Examination for General Nurses in November 2016, May 2017 and November 2017 respectively.
Based on the above, the Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has directed to extend its commendation to your school for this remarkable achievement and also urge your school to keep it up.
Thank you for your cooperation in Promoting and Maintaining Excellence in Nursing Education and Practice.
The schools are:
1. NAUTH, Nnewi, Anambra State
2. Iyi- Enu, Ogidi, Anambra State
3. Bauchi, Bauchi State
4. UITH, Ilorin, Kwara State
5. LUTH, Idi-Araba, Lagos State
* News / Reddington Hospital Lagos Vacancies for Paediatric Nurses by katty: February 13, 2018, 08:54:43 PM
Reddington Hospital is a leading Multi-Specialist Hospital in Nigeria and now seek applications from suitable and competent candidates for the following position due to continued expansion.  Such candidates should have the required vision as there will be opportunities for professional development. 
Applications are invited from interested candidates for the following positions at Reddington Hospital, an internationally quality accredited facility:
Position: Paediatric Nurses
· Administering of drugs and injections
· Carrying out vaccinations against communicable diseases and infections occurring in children
· Observing strict hygiene and safety rules; and ensuring that parents and visitors also observe any of these rules in the ward or unit.
· Supporting, advising and educating parents and close relatives on conditions affecting their children
· Explaining treatments and procedures to enable parents/guardians to give consent to treatment
· Engaging in growth monitoring and assessment
· Setting up drips and blood transfusion
· Maintaining and checking IV infusions
· Assisting with tests and evaluations
. Writing reports and updating records before completing a shift.
Method of Application:
Interested candidates should apply to:
* News / Reddington Hospital Lagos Vacancies for Dialysis Nurses by katty: February 13, 2018, 08:42:07 PM
Reddington Hospital is a leading Multi-Specialist Hospital in Nigeria and now seek applications from suitable and competent candidates for the following position due to continued expansion.  Such candidates should have the required vision as there will be opportunities for professional development. 
Applications are invited from interested candidates for the following positions at Reddington Hospital, an internationally quality accredited facility:
Position: Dialysis Nurse
· General observation of clients e.g. vitals, check weight, assess patients generally (pre and post dialysis) and attend to complains from patients and relatives.
· Preparation of machines, water bath, setting of tables ready for patients
· Informing and updating the Nephrologist of patient’s laboratory results for prompt implementation of changes.
· Attend to patient’s needs while on machine
· Sterilization of machines after each use
· Monitor sugar levels and take quick action as the need arises
· Monitor vital signs according to patient’s condition (1/4 hourly, 1/2 hourly or hourly) for prompt attention.
. Educate patients and relatives on renal diet, hygiene, exercise, fluid intakes etc.
Method of Application:
Interested candidates should apply to:
* Nursing Jobs / Optimal Specialist Hospitals Limited Vacancies for Nurses/Midwives in Lagos by katty: February 13, 2018, 08:34:30 PM
Optimal Specialist Hospitals Limited is a strong, dynamic organization designed to meet the health needs of all segments of the populace, especially in Metropolitan Lagos.
The organization aims at making optimal healthcare accessible to a wide segment of the populace by being community friendly and rendering efficient and effective health services at very competitive prices.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Position: Staff Nurse/Midwife
Location: Surulere, Lagos
* Candidates should possess a B.N.Sc, Post NYSC or S/N/M, with current practicing licences.
Application Closing Date
27th February, 2018.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should apply in writing to:
The Medical Director,
Optimal Specialist Hospital Limited,
Gbaja Street,
Lagos State.
* Articles / Nurses and Social Media: Guard Your Career and Your Reputation by Carolyn B by katty: February 13, 2018, 08:21:23 PM
Social Media Guidelines for Nurses: A Must Read for All Nurses

A tired nurse, just off duty from her shift at a flu-ridden emergency department, posted a video titled "After Work Thoughts" on Facebook, in which she told the public, in bold terms, how to protect themselves from exposure to the influenza virus. She's not the only nurse who is communicating with patients, and the public, through social media. Whether you have a social media site for your business or simply maintain your own personal page or site, here are four guidelines for protecting your career.

Maintain professional boundaries.
After you have posted something on social media, it's easy to get drawn into the discussion when a viewer or reader posts a comment. Don't get drawn into arguing back and forth among commenters, patients' family members, or friend/enemy groups in the community. It doesn't matter whether the site is your professional site or your personal site; you're a nurse, and nursing requires nurses to maintain professional boundaries. In one case, a nurse who had counseled a couple later sided publicly with one of them when they were splitting up. That angered the other member of the couple enough to make a report to the Board of Nursing. The nurse was disciplined for failing to maintain boundaries. For more information on the nursing profession's expectations, see the National Council of State Boards of Nursing's A Nurse's Guide to Professional Boundaries.

Protect your professional reputation.
It's fine to post a photo of yourself getting an award, giving a presentation, or posing with a professional idol, student, or mentor. But don't post photos of yourself holding a beer, smoking, wearing a T-shirt with a saucy slogan, or screaming with your friends. Yes, nurses are allowed to drink beer when off-duty and they're allowed to wear T-shirts, but it's best for your credibility and your career if you maintain a professional presence online.

Make sure that what you say or write is medically correct. It's fine to use plain language. It's certainly not illegal to use slang, and sometimes slang can be effective, but usually it's more professional not to use slang words.

Don't breach patient privacy and violate HIPAA.
If a commenter is also your patient, don't converse through the comments section. If you do, you could be divulging the patient's protected health information. If the patient has posted a question and you want to respond, call the patient and give your answer by phone. If the answer to the question is something that many people would benefit from, you can address the question and answer in a general post without referring to the person who originally posted the question. Here's an example: You are an expert on diabetes and have written a blog on nutrition. One of your patients posts, "Is watermelon OK?" Don't get into an online discussion with that patient. Instead, either call or email the patient with your answer, or write a separate blog, in a week or so, on which fruits are best, in general, for people with diabetes.

Don't establish a "duty of care" through social media.
Let's say you posted an article on a health issue, such as how to deal with overwhelming fatigue. Someone posts, "I am tired all the time. What should I do?" You can advise the person to "See your healthcare provider." But if you provide additional medical or nursing advice, the individual relies on your advice, and it turns out that the advice was wrong and the patient suffered an injury, you can be liable if the patient sues you for malpractice, even though the patient wasn't enrolled with your practice and never paid you a penny. You automatically have a "duty of care" to patients who are admitted to your unit at the hospital or who are enrolled with your office practice. But you don't need to, nor do you want to, establish a duty of care with individuals who respond to your social media posts. You can advise commenters to see their own healthcare providers or to go to an urgent/emergency care center. But don't get into taking their history or giving advice through the comment section.

The 'Wash Your Stinking Hands' Viral Video

The nurse who posted the flu-avoidance video complied with each of these guidelines: She gave general, correct advice; her examples of patient behavior weren't identifiable with any individual patient; and she maintained a professional presence overall, even though she used some slang in conveying her frustration with those who come to the emergency department during flu season with non-emergencies.

Nurses have much to offer. It would be a waste of talent to hold back because someone might criticize you. On the other hand, don't jeopardize your career or your professional reputation by posting without thinking it through. If you follow these guidelines, you should be safe.

Source : Nurses and Social Media: Guard Your Career and Your Reputation - Medscape - Feb 13, 2018.
* Post Basic Courses / Delta State College of Health Technology 2018/2019 Public Health Nursing Admissi by katty: February 13, 2018, 05:09:41 PM
Applications are hereby invited from suitable qualified candidates for admission into the Delta State College of Health Technology, Ofuoma-Ughelli for the 2018/19 academic session.
2. Available Departments/Programmes with entry requirement are as follows:
(i)      Public Health Nursing Officers’ Course  (2yrs)          HND
* Prospective candidates must possess five (5) credit passes which must include: English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry subjects in WASC, SSCE, GCE ‘O’ level or NECO examinations at not more than two (2) sittings plus either b, c or d below.
* Registered Nurse (RN)
* Registered Midwife (RM) Certificate or any other basic nursing certificate e.g Psychiatric Nursing certificate plus one year post qualification.
* BNSC candidate from Universities accredited by NUC, NMCN and WAHEB.
* Read the requirement for each courses before choosing their course/programme of choice. The College is not liable for candidates’ failure to read and know the requirements for each courses they make their choices.
* Ensure that all spaces are correctly filled before the online submission of the form.
* The College is not liable for candidates’ failure to fill correctly all spaces before the on-line submission of form.
* Candidates are expected to print out an acknowledgement/identification card to be presented on the day of the entrance examination.
* Candidates are to obtain Pin voucher from any Zenith Bank branch in Nigeria, on payment of a non-refundable fee of N9,500.00 (Nine Thousand Five Hundred Naira) only and log on to the School website  to register on-line.
* Candidates are expected to printout an acknowledgement/identification card to be presented on the day of the entrance examination.
(5) The entrance examination/interview  holds on Friday 6th July, 2018 at the College of Health Technology, Ofuoma premises at 9.00am prompt.
F. O. Nwaokocha
* Post Basic Courses / School of Post Basic Nursing UBTH Benin 2018/2019 Admission Form on Sale by katty: February 13, 2018, 11:41:31 AM
Available courses
1. Diploma in Ophthalmic Nursing and Management
2. Diploma in Perioperative Nursing and Management
3. Diploma in Paediatric Nursing and Management
4. Diploma in Accident and Emergency Nursing and Management
Applications are invited from the general public for admission into the UBTH School of Post Basic Nursing Studies, Benin City for the 2018/2019 academic session in the following courses;
1. Diploma in Ophthalmic Nursing and Management
2. Diploma in Perioperative Nursing and Management
3. Diploma in Paediatric Nursing and Management
4. Diploma in Accident and Emergency Nursing and Management
Duration of course: one (1) year
Entry qualifications: Applicants should:
a. Possess five (5) credits in not more than two sittings in WAEC/NECO/SSCE/GCE/OL which must include English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
b. Be a qualified Nurse duly registered with Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria
c. Have at least one-year Post registration, clinical experience in the relevant area and with sponsorship by an institution or agency.
Method of Application:
Request for Admission Form should be directed to the office of the Assistant Director, Post Basic Nursing Studies, UBTH, Benin City, on payment of the prescribed application fee of N10,000.00 or its equivalent in Dollars or Pounds for foreign applicants.
Note:  All payments for application form should be made directly into Federal Government Remita Account, Training Schools (UBTH) School of Post Basic Nursing Studies.
Sales of forms commences 1st March and closes 22nd June, 2018.
Submission of application form:
Completed application forms should be submitted to the Institution on or before 26th June, 2018.
While entrance examination for all Programmes is Monday, 2nd July, 2018 at 8.30am, then oral interview is Tuesday, 3rd Friday, 6th July, 2018 at 8.30am each day. Please come with original copies of your credentials.
Note: Candidates will he responsible for their accommodation and feeding during the examination period
Mrs. R.O. Ikomi (ADNE)
For Chief Medical Director
* News / WHO 2018 List of Priority Pathogens With Potential to Cause Public Health Issues by katty: February 13, 2018, 11:37:41 AM
For the purposes of the R&D Blueprint, WHO has developed a special tool for determining which diseases and pathogens to prioritize for research and development in public health emergency contexts. This tool seeks to identify those diseases that pose a public health risk because of their epidemic potential and for which there are no, or insufficient, countermeasures. The diseases identified through this process are the focus of the work of R& D Blueprint. This is not an exhaustive list, nor does it indicate the most likely causes of the next epidemic.
2018 annual review of the Blueprint list of priority diseases
The first list of prioritized diseases was released in December 2015.
Using a published prioritization methodology, the list was first reviewed in January 2017.
The second annual review occurred 6-7 February, 2018. Experts consider that given their potential to cause a public health emergency and the absence of efficacious drugs and/or vaccines, there is an urgent need for accelerated research and development for*:
* Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF)
* Ebola virus disease and Marburg virus disease
* Lassa fever
* Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
* Nipah and henipaviral diseases
* Rift Valley fever (RVF)
* Zika
* Disease X
Disease X represents the knowledge that a serious international epidemic could be caused by a pathogen currently unknown to cause human disease, and so the R&D Blueprint explicitly seeks to enable cross-cutting R&D preparedness that is also relevant for an unknown “Disease X” as far as possible.
A number of additional diseases were discussed and considered for inclusion in the priority list, including: Arenaviral hemorrhagic fevers other than Lassa Fever; Chikungunya; highly pathogenic coronaviral diseases other than MERS and SARS; emergent non-polio enteroviruses (including EV71, D68); and Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS).
These diseases pose major public health risks and further research and development is needed, including surveillance and diagnostics. They should be watched carefully and considered again at the next annual review. Efforts in the interim to understand and mitigate them are encouraged.
Although not included on the list of diseases to be considered at the meeting, monkeypox and leptospirosis were discussed and experts stressed the risks they pose to public health. There was agreement on the need for: rapid evaluation of available potential countermeasures; the establishment of more comprehensive surveillance and diagnostics; and accelerated research and development and public health action.

Several diseases were determined to be outside of the current scope of the Blueprint: dengue, yellow fever, HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis, malaria, influenza causing severe human disease, smallpox, cholera, leishmaniasis, West Nile Virus and plague. These diseases continue to pose major public health problems and further research and development is needed through existing major disease control initiatives, extensive R&D pipelines, existing funding streams, or established regulatory pathways for improved interventions. In particular, experts recognized the need for improved diagnostics and vaccines for pneumonic plague and additional support for more effective therapeutics against leishmaniasis.
The experts also noted that:
* For many of the diseases discussed, as well as many other diseases with the potential to cause a public health emergency, there is a need for better diagnostics.
* Existing drugs and vaccines need further improvement for several of the diseases considered but not included in the priority list.
* Any type of pathogen could be prioritised under the Blueprint, not only viruses.
* Necessary research includes basic/fundamental and characterization research as well as epidemiological, entomological or multidisciplinary studies, or further elucidation of transmission routes, as well as social science research.
* There is a need to assess the value, where possible, of developing countermeasures for multiple diseases or for families of pathogens.
The impact of environmental issues on diseases with the potential to cause public health emergencies was discussed. This may need to be considered as part of future reviews.
The importance of the diseases discussed was considered for special populations, such as refugees, internally displaced populations, and victims of disasters.
The value of a One Health approach was stressed, including a parallel prioritization processes for animal health. Such an effort would support research and development to prevent and control animal diseases minimising spill-over and enhancing food security. The possible utility of animal vaccines for preventing public health emergencies was also noted.
Also there are concerted efforts to address anti-microbial resistance through specific international initiatives. The possibility was not excluded that, in the future, a resistant pathogen might emerge and appropriately be prioritized.
* The order of diseases on this list does not denote any ranking of priority.
* Upcoming Conference / National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives 2018 Nurses Wk Registration by katty: February 13, 2018, 11:30:28 AM
The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives NANNM has opened Registration for the 2018 Nurses Conference
Intending participants can now register on the NANNM website
You are expected to fill the form on the NANNM website after making your payment using the below details:
Conference Registration Fee: N30, 000.00.
Late Registration Fee: N35, 000.00.
Bank Name: Zenith Bank.
Account Name: National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives.
Account No.: 1010591168.
Further enquiry please contact the Education Officer; Email:, .
Phone: 08033336014
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