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* Nursing Jobs / Omotosho Electric Energy Company Ltd Vacancy for Graduate Nurses in Ondo State by katty: May 16, 2018, 11:47:58 AM
This is to inform the general public that there is a vacancy for a Registered Nurse at Omotosho Electric Energy Company Limited, Omotosho, Ondo State.
Position: Registered Nurse
Location: Ondo State
• B.SC Nursing
Submission closes Friday, 18th of May, 2018.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for written test and interview.
Kunle Shonaike
Manager (HR)
* News / #Johesustrike2018: Ngige to NMA: Stop meddling in JOHESU strike by katty: May 15, 2018, 10:05:01 PM
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has told the leadership of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) to stay away from the ongoing strike by members of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) as their activities are making it difficult for government to resolve issues that led to the strike.

The Minister, in a statement signed by the Director of Press in the Ministry, Samuel Olowokore said the doctors should stop meddling in the strike, adding that such meddlesomeness arising from an unhealthy inter-union rivalry will adversely put pressure on social dialogue mechanism.

He however appealed to the striking health workers to call off its strike as the CONHESS table that corresponds with the 2014 CONMESS adjustment with the Medical Doctors has been appropriately addressed by the National Salary Income and Wages Commission and given as an offer in the spirit of equity.

The statement reads: “The attention of the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has been drawn to media reports credited to the new Executive of the Nigerian Medical Association(NMA) wherein the body  has taken to meddlesome interloping in the ongoing negotiations with the striking Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU)

“The Minister wishes to state that in trade unionism, such meddlesomeness arising from an unhealthy inter-union rivalry will adversely put pressure on social dialogue mechanism, clog the wheel of progress and in this instance, retard the return of industrial harmony in the entire health sector.

“Hence, the NMA should desist from further interference of any form, in the ongoing negotiation as well as stop issuing threats to the Federal Government as it is firmly resolved to achieve a lasting industrial peace in all sectors without prejudice to perceived group interests.

“Besides, I wish to once more appeal to JOHESU to call off its strike as the CONHESS table that corresponds with the 2014 CONMESS adjustment with the Medical Doctors has been appropriately addressed by the National Salary Income and Wages Commission and given as an offer in the spirit of equity.  I therefore plead that you consider the tragic consequences your action has already brought on the vulnerable patients in hospitals across the nation.”
Source : The Nation Newspaper
* News / Executives of JOHESU Lagos Chapter Are Saboteurs by Ogunsanwo B. O by katty: May 15, 2018, 10:00:05 PM
In solidarity with the national JOHESU leadership, all state JOHESU were called to embark on industrial action to put pressure on the federal government so as to grant our demand which is upward review of conhess salary amongst others.

In the spirit of esprit de corps, JOHESU Lagos chapter joined the industrial action and was expected to comply until the federal government accede to the demands made by our national body unfortunately, opposite was the case.

 JOHESU lagos chapter called for a congress on the 14th of May to brief her members about the outcome of their meetings with the state government. The meeting commenced but what we witnessed was a show of shame! The JOHESU excos began by singing the praises of Lagos state government and Governor Ambode for the entire duration of the meeting making members to think whether JOHESU was now an agency under the government.

The so called leaders were not only apathetic to the plight of their members, they displayed high level of incompetence and showed a total disregard for the national body with their actions. They claimed that Lagos state government have acceded to some of their demands but it seemed they have forgotten that the main aim of this strike was 'Upward review of CONHESS salary' not other 'incentives'.  Yes, Lagos state might have promised to implement CONHESS salary when it is approved, but JOHESU Lagos state branch should have showed solidarity with the national body and other state JOHESU on industrial action.

Even after members (Nurses, Pharmacist, Medical scientists etc) gave no support for the strike to be called of with tangible reasons, the ecxos of Lagos Johesu turned deaf ear to all form of pleas, demands, request etc by her members.

The congress ended in a deadlock and the excos were almost attacked by members who felt betrayed but had to be placated by other members.

JOHESU excos Lagos chapter are charlatans, irresponsible and motivated by their selfish interest. The association has been infiltrated by politician and the leaders are now wining and dining with those that destroyed the health sector.

Lagos Johesu have sold our 'future' just for a few kobo, they have sold our "birthright" for "a bowl of porridge" just like the Biblical Esau.

 Lagos JOHESU is full of leaders that are self serving, egoistical and power drunk dictator that don't care about what people that elected them think or want.

It is only Lagos JOHESU that an ongoing strike is called of verbally and on WhatsApp. Infact, one of the leader of JOHESU threatened members that they are on their own if they don't resume work on the 15th of May. As of the time of writing this piece, no circular has been released to call of the strike, all we are hearing is rumor on social media as if the social media issued industrial action.

Am using this medium to call the attention of national JOHESU about the acts of sabotage/betrayal by Lagos state JOHESU leaders and to as a matter of urgency wade into this issue in order to avoid further disagreement.

Personally, I have decided never to join any industrial action called by JOHESU and will make sure I mobilize people who will sabotage their effort in the future if this issue is allowed to die a natural death.
To all health workers in Lagos state, "To your tent oh Isreal"
* News / Nigerian Govt Urged To Adopt WHO model to Resolve Health Workers, Doctors Crisis by katty: May 15, 2018, 06:04:56 PM
An Enugu-based activist, Mr Chris Chukwu, has urged the Presidency to adopt the World Health Organisation (WHO) model to resolve the age-long lingering rivalry and crisis between health workers and doctors.

Chukwu, an activist with the Young African Leaders Initiative Network, made the call in a statement issued in Enugu on Monday.

The title of the statement is: “Disharmony in Nigeria Health Industry: WHO style of Leadership should be Adopted to Restore Peace (Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, a case study).

Chukwu noted that the Healthcare Delivery Team (HDT) comprises doctor, nurse, medical laboratory scientist, dentist, pharmacist, radiographer, orderlies etc.“

“The list is indeed endless every member of the HDT must discharge his or her duties altruistically with the patient in perspective.

“The WHO has severally painted a picture of what acceptable healthcare delivery should look like; it should be one comprising a healthcare delivery team with the patient at the centre.

“The patient is the reason all healthcare professionals exist, paid huge salaries and are respected in the society

“The UN agency have proven to be responsible for providing leadership on global health matters by electing the best, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the WHO Director-General.

Tedros was elected for a five-year term by WHO Member States at the 70th World Health Assembly in May 2017.

“He is the first WHO Director-General to have been elected from multiple candidates by the World Health Assembly, and is the first person from the WHO African Region to serve as WHO’s chief technical and administrative officer.

“By training, Tedros has qualifications in Biology (BSc.) from Asmara University (1986); Immunology of Infectious Diseases (MSc.) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2000; and Community Health from Nottingham University (PhD) in later years.

“Tedros had served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Health from 2005–2012, where he led a comprehensive reform of the country’s health system.

“He demonstrated what it takes to expand access to health care with limited resources,’’ he said.

According to him, by profession Tedros is not a medical doctor, that is to say that any member of the Healthcare Delivery Team (HDT) can head the health sector as Minister, Commissioner, CMD e.t.c.

Chukwu noted that a mono-professional headship of the poly-professional health sector remains the reason for “preferential treatment of one over many which have led to continuous fight and instability in health industry’’.

He said the Federal Government should follow WHO style (World standard) of leadership in the health sector; while appointing leaders who had the capacity and capability to represent the healthcare delivery team.

“A leader (or headship) with technical competence and managerial skills. A leader who is not bias and will place the patient as his priority,’’ he added.
Source : PM NEWS
* News / Nigerian nurse drags US customs agents to court for seizing her $41,000 by katty: May 15, 2018, 04:35:49 PM
Anthonia Nwaorie, a Nigerian born Texas nurse has sued US customs agents for seizing over $41,000 from her.
Nwaorie was born in Nigeria, but moved to the United states where obtained her nursing license and became a citizen.

The nurse said the money was supposed to be used to build a clinic for mothers and children in Nigeria.

According to LIB, “she was about to board a flight at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport to Nigeria on Oct. 31, 2017, when CBP officers detained her and seized $41,377 in cash from her. The officers alleged she had violated currency reporting requirements.”

Speaking on the incident, Nwaorie’s attorney, Dan Alban said “all her dreams have been put on hold due to CBP’s actions…Nobody should have to sign away their rights to get what’s rightfully theirs.”

Alban also said that his client’s plight exposes the government’s practice of seizing people’s properties without charging them.

The lawyer also alleged that the US government wants to stop people from suing over unlawful seizures.

Alleged harassment
Nwaorie also alleged that she was harassed at the airport when she came back from Nigeria in December 2017.

The nurse said that a CBP officer told her “that CBP would ‘follow her wherever she goes’ and subject her to this invasive treatment every time she travels internationally.”

She also claims that her luggage was ransacked and her leather purse was destroyed during the search.

The lawsuit filed by her lawyer reads: “Anthonia had entered the United States through U.S. Customs many times and was aware of the currency reporting requirement when entering the United States, but was unaware of the requirement to report currency of more than $10,000 when departing the United States.

“But rather than promptly releasing the seized cash to Anthonia as required under federal law, CBP instead sent Anthonia a letter dated April 4, 2018, conditioning the return of the seized cash on Anthonia signing a hold harmless agreement that waives her constitutional and statutory rights, and requires her to accept new legal liabilities, such as indemnifying the government for any claims brought by others related to the seized property.”

Nwaorie is demanding the immediate return of the $41,377 seized from her by the customs agents plus interest.

She also sees declaration preventing the agents from targeting her for additional, intrusive airport screenings.
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* Nursing Jobs / Edo State Civil Service Commission Vacancies for Graduate Nurse and Tutor by katty: May 15, 2018, 04:22:31 PM
Edo State Civil Service Commission, invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position below:
Position: Nursing Officer and Nurse Tutor - Grade II, Grade Level 08 (CONHESS equivalent)
Location: Edo State
* Bachelor of Science in Nursing plus the registration of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN).
* Candidates must possess a minimum of 2nd Class lower Degree for University Graduates.
* Candidates must have completed the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme or obtained an Exemption Certificate.
Application Closing Date
12th June, 2018.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should go to to register
* News / #johesustrike2018: Senate Pleads with JOHESU to End Strike Over Ebola Threat by katty: May 15, 2018, 04:19:14 PM
The Senate, on Tuesday pleaded with the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to call off the over three weeks strike it embarked on which has affected the health sector across the country.

The union had on April 18, embarked on industrial action due to the “insensitivity and lackadaisical attitude of drivers of the health sector’’.

The Senate’s resolution was sequel to a motion on “Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Need to Take Precautionary Measures” by Sen. Oluremi Tinubu (APC-Lagos) during plenary.

The upper chamber also urged the Minister of Interior to take necessary steps to check immigration.

It further urged the Minister of Health to ensure alertness to combat whatever cases that might arise and get Ebola vaccines ready for an emergency

Tinubu recalled that an infected immigrant, Mr Patrick Sawyer who arrived Nigeria in July 23, 2014 was notable for been the index case for the introduction of Ebola virus into Nigeria.

Tinubu, who is Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment said the tide, as at then, was stemmed by quick response of the government.

She said that recent reports by the WHO, showed that the disease was back in neighboring Congo with 19 deaths and 39 infected casualties recorded so far.

“The WHO states that Nigeria and other African countries are at risk of spread.

The lawmaker said that unless hospitals were prepared properly and equipped with Ebola vaccines, it would be an epidemic Nigeria might be unable to take on.

Contributing, Senate Chief Whip, Sen. Olushola Adeyeye called on the Senate to intervene for a quick resolution of the ongoing strike by health workers

On his part, Sen. Victor Umeh APGA-Anambra) noted that “prevention of the disease was better than cure.

“We must ensure that Nigeria is not taken unawares again. We should be on the alert,” he said.

In his remarks, Senate President Bukola Saraki, said all stakeholders must ensure adequate steps were taken to forestall any occurrence.

* News / #JOHESUStrike2018: Ondo JOHESU Makes U-Turn, Begins Indefinite Strike by Idowu Olabode: May 15, 2018, 12:23:10 PM
Ondo State JOHESU has made a U-turn and will embark on an indefinite strike from tuesday's midnight has learnt. This is coming few days after the National president of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives Alh. Adeniji declared any state not joining the ongoing JOHESU strike persona non grata.

In a letter dated 15th May, 2018 and signed by the three health unions- NANNM, MHWUN and NAUP the union accused the state government of not acceding to it local demands hence the need to join the ongoing national strike. Below is the content of the letter:

Re: Notification to Embark on the Directive of Joint Health Sector Union for State and Local Government to Join the Ongoing Industrial Action.

You will recall that an ultimatum was issued by all unions that make up JOHESU in the state to join the ongoing National Strike. The ultimatum expired on the 9th of May, 2018.

Consequence upon this, the Joint Health Sector Union in the state was engaged in discussions where some local issues will be addressed within 7 days by the state govt

We are taken aback despite the understanding the unions demonstrated not to lock down the health sector in Ondo state, not minding the sanctions of the National headquarters.

From the foregoing, the union will withdraw their services as from 12midnight 15th May, 2018, pending further directive from the national headquarters.

Yours faithfully
* News / Ebola Vaccine Gets Approval To Use In Republic Of Congo by katty: May 15, 2018, 10:58:28 AM
The World Health Organization has been given the go-ahead by officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo to import and use an experimental Ebola vaccine in the country, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.
“We have agreement, registration, plus import permit, everything formally agreed already,” Tedros told reporters. “All is ready now to really use it.”

Vaccinations could begin by next Monday, he said. The vaccine, developed by Merck in 2016, has proven safe and effective in human trials, but it is still experimental as it does not yet have a license. It must be kept at -60 to -80 degrees Celsius (-76°F to -112°F), creating huge logistical challenges.

The shot, which was tested in Guinea in 2015 at the end of a vast Ebola outbreak in West Africa, is designed for use in a so-called “ring vaccination” approach.
This would mean that when a new Ebola case is diagnosed, all people who might have been in recent contact with them are traced and vaccinated to try and prevent the disease’s spread.
The WHO said earlier on Monday that the Democratic Republic of Congo had reported 39 suspected, probable or confirmed cases of Ebola between April 4 and May 13, including 19 deaths.
It said 393 people who identified as contacts of Ebola patients were being followed up. Tedros traveled to Congo over the weekend and flew to the remote area, still only accessible by motorbike or helicopter, where the deadly hemorrhagic disease has broken out. “Being there is very, very important.
If a general cannot be with its troops in the front line it’s not a general,” he said. “And the second thing is, associated with Ebola there is stigma. We have to go and show that that should really stop.
And if there is risk, my life is not better than anyone.” He praised the Congolese government, including President Joseph Kabila whom he met during his trip.
Information about the outbreak in Bikoro, Iboko and Wangata in Equateur province was still limited, the WHO said, but at present the outbreak does not meet the criteria for declaring a “public health event of international concern”, which would trigger the formation of an emergency WHO committee.
Source: Leadership News
* Articles / Stop Calling Nurses 'sister' and 'matron' - it's putting men off by katty: May 15, 2018, 09:30:01 AM
Stop calling nurses “sister” and “matron” - it could put men off joining their ranks, one of their leaders has suggested.

Janet Davies, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), said the terms were “outdated” and due a rethink, in order to improve recruitment. 

And she said children’s dressing-up boxes should contain nurses’ uniforms for boys as well as those for girls - to dispel the idea that nursing was a job for women.

Speaking at the union’s annual congress in Belfast, she called for changes in the way nurses are portrayed, and the language used to describe them.

Ms Davies suggested the term “ward sister” should be phased out, replaced with the gender-neutral job title of “charge nurse” in a bid to encourage more men into the profession.

Scotland has already stopped using ward sister as a job title.

And the RCN chief executive suggested that the use of any gendered terms in nursing should be reconsidered, calling for a public debate about use of the word “matron”.

“Lots of the language is nursing generally is very female,” she said. “It’s a debate in itself really about the whole language, should you be called something different? You’re a charge nurse, you’re a sister - is that right or should everybody be called a charge nurse?"

Just one in ten nurses in the UK is male - a situation which has barely changed in the last decade.

Ms Davies also said there was a need for nurses of both genders to go into primary schools to help educate children from a young age that the job was suitable for men as well as women.

And she said parents should encourage sons to dress up as nurses - not assume it was something only daughters would aspire to.

“Certainly, nursing uniforms for men should definitely be there in childrens’ dressing-up boxes, that is absolutely essential,” she added.

The RCN leader also called for more male nurse characters on television - like Casualty’s Charlie Fairhead - to act as positive role models.

Actor Derek Thompson, who plays the part, was highlighted last year as the BBC’s highest earning soap star, with earnings of up to £400,000 - compared to a £22,000 salary for an NHS nurse.

She said: “We need more Charlies but shown in lots of places, in the community, in different settings - I think that would help.

“They did have a guy who was a nurse in EastEnders a few years ago and they’ve had one on Coronation Street. We need more of that to help change the public’s perspective.

“We need more realistic interpretations of what nurses do, especially in those sorts of soap operas.”

At the RCN Congress in Belfast yesterday (MONDAY), nurses debated whether specifically recruiting men could help solve the crisis in nurse staffing in the NHS, where around 38,000 posts are vacant.

But they rejected a plan to target men, saying any recruitment drive should be equal across both genders.
Source : The Telegraph
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