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* News / Video of New Baby "Walking" Astonishes Nurses, Set Social Media on Fire by katty: February 10, 2018, 09:18:38 PM
-The video has been viewed over 50million times and shared 1.3million times

Nurses in a Brazil hospital were left shocked after a newborn baby girl appeared to make attempts to walk just minutes after she was born.

The video of the baby, which was uploaded to social media on Friday, has stunned viewers who declared the new born attempt to walk is nothing short of a miracle.

In the video, a midwife is seen cradling the little baby across the chest and supporting her weight with one arm, as the wrestles to walk on her own.

The midwife, who is dressed in surgical robes with a clinical mask over her mouth, is heard crying out in amazement: “Oh my gosh, the girl is walking. Good gracious!”

Another person in the room who is capturing the moment on camera declares: “Wait let me film this.”


The midwife then lifts the baby up and returns the infant back to the original position and in an astounding burst of strength, the baby refuses to lie down on her front, pushes up onto her legs and resumes her astonishing journey across the neonatal table once again.

The video has gone viral with over 50 million views and 1.3 million shares on Facebook.

Few details are available to identify whose baby it is.

A newborn normally takes up to 12 months to learn to walk and that usually comes only after they have achieved and passed other major milestones in their development such as hand to eye coordination, sitting up and crawling.

Meanwhile, there have been several reports of babies as young as six months old walking on their own, unaided.

But this newborn appears to have incredible determination and it looks as though there will be no stopping her.

Source :
* News / Midwives banned from saying ‘good girl’ to women giving birth by katty: February 10, 2018, 09:07:04 PM
A new set of language guidelines have been launched for midwives to use in the hopes of fostering a ‘culture of respect’ for women.

Medics have drawn up the new guide which sees words such as ‘good girl’ and ‘delivered’ replaced with ‘you’re doing really well’ and ‘gave birth’.

Experts say the new words will instill respect for pregnant women with midwives encouraged to drop old-fashioned terms and phrases.

Authors of the new guide, published in the British Medical Journal, write: ‘Although eyes may roll at the thought of “political correctness gone mad,” the change is well founded.’

Midwives and doctors are told to address pregnant women by their name and must not refer to them as ‘she’.

In the guide the authors also point towards evidence that shows positive communication can change the course of pregnancy for the better, and say that clear language can reduce the rates of potentially dangerous Caesarean sections.

Medical procedures that don’t work should be described as ‘unsuccessful’ instead of ‘failed’ while phrases such as ‘fetal distress’ or ‘big baby’ have been dropped in favour of ‘changes in the baby’s heart rate pattern’ and ‘healthy’.

Coded language should be replaced by plain English while midwives are asked not to use discouraging or insensitive language.

The three authors are Natalie Mobbs, a fourth year medical student at the University of Liverpool, Catherine Williams, a committee member of National Maternity Voices and Andrew Weeks, Professor of International Maternal Health Care at the University of Liverpool.

They write: ‘Good communication during the birthing process is critical to good maternity care; but achieving a shift in deeply ingrained language, and the thinking it reflects, is difficult.

‘There is a fine line between changing terminology to integrate language which is more respectful, inclusive, and less intimidating for the mother, and substituting vague, verbose language which hinders the original message.

‘The use of insensitive language can be indicative of an underlying malaise, which reveals underlying attitudes and prejudices.

‘It is essential that we achieve respectful practice, ensuring that women have complete understanding and control of their own care.

‘If we can achieve that, then the use of appropriate language will follow on naturally.’

It adds: ‘Those providing maternity care need to consider their use of language seriously.

‘Not only as a way of respecting women’s views and ensuring that they are empowered to make decisions, but also in order to respect their human rights.

‘This requires careful use of language, reflection on our own practice as caregivers, listening to women, and communicating appropriately, plainly, and respectfully to guide her through the complexities of maternity care.’

Source : Metro UK
* News / Ghana : Capacity Building Workshop for Nurses Ends in Ho by katty: February 10, 2018, 04:25:35 PM
A six-day capacity-building workshop held in Ho for 25 community health nurses drawn from Community Health and Planning Services (CHPS) compounds and health centres in the Adaklu District in the Volta Region has ended.

The workshop empowered participants on ways of improving healthcare delivery services with regard to the management of childhood diseases and elimination of neonatal deaths in remote and deprived communities in the district.

The meeting was sponsored by Good Neighbours Ghana, an international non-governmental organisation with a focus on human development.

Good Neighbours was founded in South Korea in 1991. The organisation also pays attention to community development and the protection of children’s rights and encourages community self-reliance.

Interventions of Good Neighbours

The Managing Director (MD) of Good Neighbours Ghana, Mr Ilwon Seo, said the workshop on health was among activities the organisation was undertaking in the Volta, Eastern and Upper East regions. The organisation had already distributed 2,590 Samsung tablets to frontline health workers for data entry purposes.

Included in his outfit’s maternal and child health improvement project in the Volta and Eastern regions, he noted, were some interventions that were introduced to address health challenges that had been identified.

He indicated that the organisation was working in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service at the district and municipal assembly levels to achieve improvement in health delivery outcomes.

Landscape in Adaklu

The Adaklu District Director of Health Services, Mr Charles Azagba, said the district had no hospital and was characterised by bad road networks.

Under the circumstances, he observed that health authorities had had to refer cases to either the Ho or Adidome hospitals.

He added that on many occasions, family members of patients on referral to the hospital had failed to accompany them because they could not bear the cost involved.

According to Mr Azagba, it was for that reason that the workshop was essential in order for health personnel in the district to acquire knowledge and information that would place them in an advantageous position to manage health situations in the district in a much better way.

The Health Programme Manager of Good Neighbours Ghana, Ms Gladys Tetteh-Yeboah, was hopeful that the Adaklu District would benefit from the workshop. She encouraged the participants as they went back to their stations to work professionally and improve health care in their communities.

Topics discussed at the seminar included managing childhood diseases such as malaria, diarrhoea, pneumonia, measles, ear infection, severe malnutrition, problems with feeding, low weight, dysentery, jaundice and infectious diseases.

Source GNA
* News / 137,000 People from 202 Countries are Working in UK Health Service by katty: February 10, 2018, 12:35:30 PM
Revealed, the 202 nationalities working in the NHS: Government infographic shows breakdown of the 137,000 foreign staff working alongside British doctors and nurses

It‘s well-known that the is reliant on foreign staff.
And a new infographic, released by a Parliament research group, reveals exactly where the workers in the health service are from.

The House of Commons Library picture shows there are 976,288 British staff working in the NHS – the equivalent of 87.5 per cent.

In contrast, 137,000 doctors, nurses and infrastructure staff are nationals of other countries, including just under 62,000 EU nationals – around 5.6 per cent.

Fears of an NHS staffing crisis have loomed since the historic Brexit vote in June 2016, as the numbers of EU nurses registering to work in the UK plunged.

But the new report states that the number of ‘EU staff has changed little since the referendum‘.

The figures, which are derived from NHS Digital data, also show a breakdown of the 202 nationalities there are working in the health service.

And they come after US President Donald Trump last week sparked a diplomatic row with Britain after branding the NHS ‘broke and not working‘.

Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt immediately hit back, saying no-one wants to live in a US-style system where millions have no healthcare cover.

The new report shows two African countries, Zimbabwe (3,899) and Nigeria (5,405), were named in the top 10 – more than the 2,040 English-speaking Australians.   

Other than Brits, the second-most popular nationality that is working in the NHS is Indian, with 18,348 staff coming from the vast country.

The Philippines pipped Ireland into third place, with 15,391 staff compared to the 13,016 that come from the Emerald Isle.

But the statistics also show there are more workers in the NHS from Sierra Leone than there are from Finland, Austria and Belgium.


NHS Digital data shows exactly how many staff from 202 nationalities there are working in the health service. The figures are correct as of September 2017.

Some 503 people from the country on the west coast of Africa work under the NHS, compared to 380 Finns, 359 Belgians and 334 Austrians.

Three other African nations reported a greater number of staff working in the health service than the three European countries that are all within a three-hour air journey.

There are 489 workers from Uganda, 469 from Sudan and 465 from Zambia.

The data also showed there were fewer Swiss workers, 157, than those from Somalia (253), Cameroon (260), Mauritius (235), Gambia (213) and Malawi (202).
Syria, the Middle-Eastern country rocked by a civil war, came in at 72nd on the list of most popular nations working in the health service, with 148.

While there are also 289 Iraqis and 144 staff from Afghanistan in the NHS, according to the Commons released yesterday.

The report also revealed the amount of foreign staff working in the NHS varies in different parts of the country.

In London, 12 per cent of staff in the NHS are nationals of other EU countries – but in the North East the proportion is as low as two per cent.


Donald Trump sparked a fresh diplomatic row with Britain last week after he branded the NHS ‘broke and not working‘.

The US President claimed that a major protest about the winter crisis in Britain‘s hospitals in London at the weekend was a sign it is not a system the US should copy.

His remarks sparked a furious response from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt who hit back saying no one wants to live in a US-style system where millions have no healthcare cover.

The barb is the latest in a series of spats with the UK which Mr Trump has sparked on Twitter.

Last year after he retweeted anti-Muslim propaganda from a far right group Britain First and criticised the UK‘s record on terrorism on Twitter.

And it comes just over a week after the US President and Theresa May insisted they had patched things up during a meeting at Davos.

Mr Trump is expected to make his first visit to the UK this July and is already likely to be met with some of the biggest protests the country has ever seen.

He has already postponed his state visit amid fears it would be overshadowed by angry demonstrations.
There are 37 NHS trusts where over 10 per cent of staff are estimated to be nationals of other European countries, with the majority in the South East or London.
However, there are 44 trusts where less than two per cent of staff are nationals of other EU countries, with 32 being in the north of England.

There are 19 NHS trusts where more than a quarter of staff report a non-British nationality, according to the figures.

A further analysis showed 10 per cent of doctors and seven per cent of nurses are nationals of a country in the EU.

While 12 per cent of doctors and six per cent of nurses are of Asian descent.

This is despite fears that foreign doctors are unable to communicate fluently with patients and more likely to investigated for incompetence.

Reliant on foreign doctors, the NHS has actively targeted them to help plug a staffing shortage that has left it in a crisis.

More than 40 per cent of doctors in some areas of England trained abroad, a General Medical Council report showed in December.

The most common countries of origin have historically been India, Pakistan and South Africa but they are increasingly arriving from Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy.

Almost 6,000 foreign doctors were hired in 2016, despite the ongoing concerns of language barriers. Another 5,000 doctors are needed to plug the staffing shortage, and NHS bosses are looking overseas to meet its targets.

It was revealed by magazine last week that NHS England may have missed its target to recruit 600 GPs from overseas by the end of this financial year.

And the recruitment crisis for nurses has led to officials allowing foreign nurses to sit easier English language tests.

Failure rates were so high that rules issued by the Nursing and Midwifery Council came into place in November to change it.

The announcement followed warnings that the current exams are so strict they have led to a huge drop in the number of foreign nurses coming to the UK.

A scathing analysis last month revealed a greater number of nurses and midwives are now leaving the health service than joining.

More than 33,000 walked away from nursing last year in England – about 10 per cent of the entire workforce. Around half were under the age of 40. 


Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, 40, is originally from Nigeria
A Muslim doctor has made headlines after she was barred by the GMC for making fatal errors while caring for a six-year-old boy, Jack Adcock.

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, 40, originally from Nigeria, is at the centre of a storm, with many believing the decision to strike her off was racism.

Dr Bawa-Garba, who moved to Britain in 1994 and wears a headscarf, was backed by The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin.

Its president said the GMC may have been influenced by her ethnicity, and said a white doctor would have been treated more leniently.

Jack – who had Down’s syndrome and a heart condition – was admitted to the Leicester Royal Infirmary on February 18, 2011 with breathing difficulties and vomiting. He died 11 hours later.

He was seen by Dr Bawa-Garba, the most senior doctor on the shift, who had just returned from 13 months of maternity leave.

She initially diagnosed him with a stomach bug, when he in fact had the life-threatening condition sepsis.
Later, she failed to act on blood test results which showed he had a kidney infection.

On that shift, however, she was performing the roles of three doctors and overseeing six wards because the hospital was so understaffed.

Dr Bawa-Garba was initially handed a 12-month suspension by an independent panel, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, last June.

But in an unprecedented move, the GMC overturned this ruling in the High Court and Bawa-Garba was struck off on January 25. 

Source :
* News / Hunger Project trains community nurses in family planning services by katty: February 10, 2018, 07:33:16 AM
The Hunger Project Ghana, has organized a training programme for community health nurses to build their capacity to offer family planning services, as part of the Maternal and Child Health Improvement Project.

The 15 participants, drawn from Community Health Planning Services (CHPS) compound, constructed by the Hunger project and also known as Epicenters, were trained in Jadelle and Implanon NXT Implant Insertion and removal.

The 15 epicenters are Akone and Baware in the Akuapem North district, Akpo Kpamo and Obenyemi in the Yilo Krobo district, Osonson and Konkoney in Upper Manya district, Apau Wawase in Ayensuano district and Kyeremase in Brim Central.

Others are Sakabo in the Kwahu Afram Plains South, Sobinso Awosoase in the Atiwa district and Kwaboadi in Akyemansa district, all in the Eastern region and Taido in the Mfantseman district of the Central region, as well as Tokome in North Dayi, in the Volta region. 

The Maternal and Child Health Improvement Project is an initiative by the organization, in partnership with the Ghana Health Service, to address the shortage of midwives in the country, especially in the rural areas, by upgrading the knowledge of community health nurses.

This project is to complement the initiative of the GHS, who are already implementing the task sharing by the same means of training community health nurses in the health sector, to be able to take up midwifery roles in the remote areas.

Briefing the GNA, Mr Olesu Adjei, Director of Partnerships of Hunger Project Ghana, said the training would equip them to do community sensitisation and offer family planning services to the communities, as part of the project.

He said the participants would be taken through updates of contraceptive methods, insertion and removal techniques, infection prevention, management of STI’s and family Planning counseling

Mr Adjei said they recognized that family planning services was a tool to improve drastically, maternal health, especially maternal deaths and so the training was to position these community health nurses to provide that service adequately in their respective areas.

* News / 2,345 Ghanaians, 5,405 Nigerians are currently working with UK Health Service by katty: February 09, 2018, 07:01:14 PM
-18,348 Indians and over 15 000 Filipinos top the list.
-Check below for statistics of other countries

Two thousand three hundred and forty five (2,345) Ghanaians currently work under the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), new data released by the House of Commons has revealed.

Ghanaian health workers ranked 15 among the top 102 nationalities working in the UK’s health service as of September 2017, the report indicated.

Of the figure, 810 of them are nurses and health visitors, while 983 of them are support staff, and another 331 infrastructure staff.

The data however does not state the number of Ghanaians working as doctors, except that 3,238 doctors are of an African nationality.

Nigeria and Zimbabwe are among the top ten countries with 5,405 and 3,899 nationals respectively working under the NHS.

Other than Brits, the second-most popular nationality that is working in the NHS is Indian, with 18,348 staff coming from the vast country.

* News / Nursing and Midwifery Council Accreditation Team Visits Niger Delta University by katty: February 09, 2018, 06:47:41 PM
-Governor to support the beginning of Nursing Internship in the state.
-NDU is the first university in Nigeria to have full fledged Nursing and Midwifery faculty

The Accreditation team of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has visited Niger Delta University.

Gov-ernor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has assured that the state government will continue to support the Niger Delta University in order to ensure that it flourishes and gains recognition beyond the shores of Nigeria.

According to him, government was interested in the training of professionals and ensuring that high academic standards in the university were maintained and benchmarks achieved in the training of nurses and midwives in the institution.

He stated this when an accreditation team from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, Abuja, called on him in Yenagoa.

Represented by his deputy, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (retd), the governor also assured the visiting accreditation team that the state government will support the sponsorship of internship programme for nurses and midwives as it was already doing for other programmes in the medical profession.

Earlier in her remarks, Dr  Mary Mgbekaem, spokesperson of the accreditation team disclosed that Niger Delta University was leading in the training of nurses and midwives in Nigeria as it was the first university in Nigeria to have a full-fledged Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery.

Source :Vanguard Newspaper
* News / JOHESU Issues Federal Government 21 Days Ultimatum to Meet Demands by katty: February 09, 2018, 04:25:15 PM
Health workers in Nigeria have given the Federal Government a 21-day ultimatum to meet their demands even as they threatened to embark on industrial action at its expiration on March 1, 2018.
The health workers under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHP) had on September 29, 2017 suspended a 10-day old strike after a meeting with Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige.
The health workers including pharmacists, nurses, medical laboratory scientists in a communiqué issued at the end of three-day consultative meeting, which ended yesterday, Thursday, February 8, 2018, in Abuja, lamented the delay tactics and deliberate foot-dragging of the Federal Government in approving the adjustment of Consolidated Health Salary Scale (CONHESS) as was done for medical doctors’ Consolidated Medical Salary Scale (CONMESS) since January 2014 and also replicated with yet another approval for the same CONMESS in September, 2017 for the medical doctors.
The communiqué was jointly signed by the National Chairman, JOHESU, Biobelemoye Joy Josiah, and the National Secretary, JOHESU, Ekpebor Florence.
JOHESU/AHPA said they have communicated its discontentment on this development to the appropriate quarters of government.
The health workers also urged the House of Representatives members to facilitate enhanced access to healthcare in the country, boost strategies to institutionalise public health reforms to counter the menace of clinical disease state like Lassa fever, Ebola and monkey-pox in the country, as well as a passionate plea to intervene in the unending cycle of discriminatory output of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) in dispensing privileges and resources to the various cadres of health workers in Nigeria.
JOHESU/AHPA called on the FG to urgently revisit the constitution of the membership of the boards of all the Federal Health Institutions (FHIs) as the list of members published in December 2017 seriously violates the Teaching Hospital Act, which provides that a representative of health providers must be appointed on all the boards.
By: Chukwuma Muanya, Assistant Editor
The Guardian News
* Nursing Jobs / Federal Medical Centre Delta 2018 Interview Dates for Nursing Interns and Others by katty: February 09, 2018, 04:20:47 PM
I am directed to inform candidates that submitted forms for interview as House officers and interns in the following medical disciplines,Pharmacy, Nursing,Medical Laboratory Science, Radiology and Phsiotherapy that the interview will hold at the hospital premises on Monday 12th February, 2018.

Time: 10am

Venue: Accident and Emergency Building Conference Hall.

All candidates who applied are by this notice invited for the Examination and Screening Exercise.


V Okungbowa

for Medical Director
* News / Patient sprays nurses' station with fire extinguisher,15 people land in hospital by katty: February 09, 2018, 09:52:27 AM
A patient sprayed a fire extinguisher into a nurses' station at the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents Wednesday morning in Staunton, sending 15 people to Augusta Health with breathing and other respiratory problems.

Meghan McGuire of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services said four staff members and one patient were sent to Augusta Health in Fishersville for treatment.

Ten more people went to the hospital on their own to be treated or monitored.

It was not immediately clear what type of extinguisher was discharged or what chemicals were involved. But chemicals used in modern fire extinguishers are known to cause breathing difficulties in some people.

McGuire said as of noon, any other symptoms of staff or patients were being monitored. McGuire said the cleanup was being handled by the Commonwealth Center's housekeeping staff with support from neighboring Western State Hospital.

"The safety of our patients and staff are critically important," McGuire said. She said the remainder of the staff and patients are safe and the unit is secure.

The Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents is an acute care, mental health facility in Staunton for youth under the age of 18, and is operated by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

Augusta Health spokeswoman Lisa Schwenk said that as of 11:38 a.m., the hospital anticipated all patients would be discharged. Schwenk said the hospital was operating under normal emergency department procedures since shortly after 11 a.m.
Source : News Virginia
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