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* News / Petition Launched To Prevent Extortion of NMC CBT Candidates in Nigeria, Ghana by Idowu Olabode: April 23, 2019, 09:32:59 AM
NMC CBT cost £90 (#42,000) but test centres in Nigeria for instance are charging £139 (#65,000)

A petition has been launched on the popular petition site urging UK NMC to stop test centres in Nigeria, Ghana and other African countries from exploiting nurses sitting for CBT, the first phase of exam written by foreign trained nurses who want to move to UK. The petition which started less than 12 hours has since gone viral with over 500 signatures. The petitioner wondered why Pearson Vue accepts cards from Nigeria for most of its exams including NCLEX but rejects card payments from applicants sitting for CBT Exam.

In a swift reaction one of the leading CBT Test Centres in Nigeria Bellaz Educational Services has given insight into why Nigerian cards are not accepted for CBT registration. The Manager of the test centre Mrs Ogechi Onyemem said her business holds only legal rights to make payments on behalf of applicants from Nigeria.

Many Nigerians in the past have accused Nigerian business owners conducting foreign exams in the country of painting the country's payment system black to foreign partners so they can be given the sole right of making payments on behalf of applicants which creates room for extortion.

To sign the petition go to
* News / You Can't Deny A Child Healthcare Because Of Your Religious Beliefs - Court by Idowu Olabode: April 23, 2019, 08:43:01 AM
 These considerations outweigh religious beliefs of the Jehovah Witness Sect. The decision should be to allow the administration of blood transfusion especially in life threatening situations.   

ESABUNOR & ANOR. vs. FAWEYA & ORS.(2019)LPELR-46961 (SC)

    The 2nd appellant is the mother of the 1st appellant. She gave birth to him on April 19, 1997 at the Chevron Clinic, Lekki Peninsula in Lagos. Within a month of his birth (i.e. on 11 May, 1997) he fell gravely ill.

    His mother, the 2nd appellant, took him back to the Chevron Clinic on 11 May, 1997 for urgent treatment. It was the 1st respondent who treated the 1st appellant. He found that the 1st appellant urgently needed blood transfusion.

    The 2nd respondent and her husband made it abundantly clear to the 1st respondent that on no account should their child (the 1st appellant) be given blood transfusion. Their reason being that there were several hazards that follows blood transfusion such as contracting Aids, Hepatitis etc and that as members of the Jehovah witness sect, blood transfusion was forbidden by their Religion. Dr Tunde Faweya (the 1st respondent) remained unyielding.

    The next day, the learned counsel for the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State moved an Originating Motion Exparte before the 5th respondent.
    The motion was brought under Section 27 (1) and (30) of the Children and Young Person’s Law Cap 25 of Lagos State.

    The relief sought was: “that the medical authorities of the Clinic of Chevron Nigeria Limited Lekki Peninsula Lagos be allowed and are hereby permitted to do all and anything necessary for the protection of the life and health of the child TEGA ESABUNOR and for such further order or orders as the Court may deem fit to make in the circumstances.”
    After hearing counsel, the Chief Magistrate granted the application under its inherent jurisdiction. On receipt of the Order of the Chief Magistrate, the 1st respondent administered blood transfusion on the 1st appellant on the same day. (i.e. May 12, 1997).

    The 1st appellant got well and was discharged. His mother took him home. On May 15, 1997 the 2nd appellant filed an application on notice wherein she sought for the setting aside of the order made on 12 May, 1997. The application was unsuccessful. It was dismissed on May 21, 1997.

    The appellants’ were dissatisfied with the proceedings before the Chief Magistrate, so they approached the High Court for an order of Certiorari and damages of N10 million. In a considered ruling delivered on May 28, 2001 the learned trial Judge refused their prayers and claims.
    The appellants’ were not satisfied with the ruling of the High Court.

    They filed an appeal. The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, heard it and the decision of the High Court was affirmed. Further dissatisfied, the Appellants appealed to the Supreme Court.

    (4) Whether the Court of Appeal was correct in holding that the 2nd Appellants’ refusal to give consent to blood transfusion amounted to an attempt to commit a crime or to allow the 1st Appellant to die.

    Resolving issue 4, the Supreme Court stated that an adult who is conscious and in full control of his mental capacity, and of sound mind has the right to either accept or refuse blood (medical treatment). The hospital has no choice but to respect their patient's wishes.

    When it involves a child, the Supreme Court stated that different considerations apply and this is so because a child is incapable of making decisions for himself and the law is duty bound to protect such a person from abuse of his rights as he may grow up and disregard those religious beliefs. It makes no difference if the decision to deny him blood transfusion is made by his parents. See M.D.P.D.T. v. Okonkwo (2001) 7NWLR (Pt.711) P.206.

    The Supreme Court held that when a competent parent or one in loco parentis refuses blood transfusion or medical treatment for her child on religious grounds, the Court should step in, consider the baby’s welfare, i.e. saving the life and the best interest of the child, before a decision is taken.

    These considerations outweigh religious beliefs of the Jehovah Witness Sect. The decision should be to allow the administration of blood transfusion especially in life threatening situations.
* News / Why Nigerian Nurses Are In Demand Abroad - Nigeria Nursing Council by katty: April 21, 2019, 12:52:35 PM
-Nigeria produces 11,000 Nurses every year, poor scheme of service and economic hardship are major reasons why nurses leave Nigeria enmass

 Faruk Umar Abubakar, the secretary-general and registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NWCN), has said that Nigerian trained nurses and midwives are in hot demand overseas because of the quality of training the nurses receive in the country.

Abubakar, who briefed journalists in Awka yesterday about the 15th Biennial Nursing Leaders’ Conference, which started in the Anambra State capital on Monday, said nurses trained in Nigeria provide the best nursing care anywhere in the world.

He also said poor scheme of service for nurses in the country aid brain drain among nurses from Nigeria.

This, coupled with the economic situation in the country make Nigerian nurses leave the country in droves, he added.

Besides, Abubakar said the country cannot absorb the number of nurses trained in the Nigeria, which he put at 11,000 yearly.

Speaking on the conference which has as its theme: “Repositioning Nursing and Midwifery Work Force for the Achievement of Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria”, Abubakar said it would be a scientific session because “experts from within and outside Nigeria will deliver papers during the five-days it will last.”

According to him, the aim of the conference was to bring together nursing leaders in Nigeria to discuss current issues and developments that have implications for nursing education and practice.

It would also discuss the health needs of Nigerians and articulate ways forward in confronting the challenges of the nursing profession in Nigeria.

Source : Independent Newspaper
* News / Senator Under Fire For Saying Nurses Play Cards for Considerable Amount of Time by katty: April 21, 2019, 07:57:14 AM
A Washington state senator has drawn the ire of nurses after remarks she made suggesting that nurses in smaller hospitals "probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day."

The Washington State Senate considered a bill Tuesday, SHB 1155, that would provide nurses with uninterrupted meal and rest periods

"By putting these types of mandates on a critical access hospital that literally serves a handful of individuals, I would submit to you those nurses probably do get breaks. They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day," Washington state Senator Maureen Walsh said on Tuesday during a debate on the Washington state Senate floor.

Walsh, a Republican, was arguing in support of an amendment that would exempt critical access hospitals, in rural areas, and hospitals with less than 25 beds from the bill.

"I understand helping with employees and making sure that we have rest breaks and things like that. But I also understand that we need to care for patients first and foremost," Walsh said.

The Washington State Nurses Association called Walsh's remarks "demeaning" and said there is "zero logic" in covering nurses in some hospitals, "while leaving others without any protections."

"No, Senator, nurses are not sitting around playing cards. They are taking care of your neighbors, your family, your community," Mathew Keller, WSNA's director of nursing practice and health policy, said in a post on the union's website.

Keller also argued that such an amendment would make it harder to recruit nurses to rural facilities.
Walsh had also introduced an amendment  to the bill that would prohibit nurses from working more than eight hours.

"Well, if we have an issue with nurses getting tired, let's quit letting them do 12-hour shifts, let's let them do 8-hour shifts. Like most standard shifts are," Walsh said on Tuesday. "Twelve hours, I know they want it, but then they come back and they start talking out of both sides of the mouth and telling us how tired they are."

The Democratic-controlled Senate passed SHB 1155 on Tuesday, 30-18, with the two amendments included. Walsh voted against the bill.

WSNA is in support of the full measure, but against the two amendments, which the union has vowed to try and remove.

Walsh responded to the backlash, asserting that she has the "greatest respect for nurses" and that her mother was a registered nurse for many years.

"The comment made about the ability to play cards was referring to the staff at the very rural and small critical access hospitals who may only serve a handful of patients and the staffing mandates are unnecessary," Walsh said in a lengthy statement provided to CNN affiliate KEPR TV.

Walsh continued: "The fact is 61% of our critical access hospitals are in the red and the mandated breaks and lunch hours are not an issue in these facilities across the state. These are smaller, rural hospitals with much fewer patients than our urban hospitals and the bill is not necessary for them in meeting the needs of their patients or the hospital's budget."

Walsh's claim about 61% of critical access hospitals being "in the red" was challenged Saturday by the Washington State Nurses Association, citing data by the Washington Department of Health that showed a majority of the 40 critical access hospitals in the state reported net incomes in the millions or more over a four-year period ending in 2017, and approximately 70% operating at a surplus in any given year.

"Most Washington critical access hospitals are operating with a surplus and can afford to bring on one extra nurse or technician," said Heather Weiner, a spokeswoman for the Washington State Nurses Association told CNN.

The bill originally passed the House on March 6 before being approved by the Senate on Tuesday. It now heads back to the House to approve the bill's changes before going to the governor's desk for his signature.

CNN reached out to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's office to see if the governor intends to sign the bill.

"We generally don't make determinations on bill action until after the final bill is delivered to our office," Jaime Smith, a spokeswoman for Inslee's office, told CNN in an email.

Inslee told reporters on Friday that he's been briefed on the bill and that the issue of limiting nurses' shifts to eight hours per day "gets resolved."

"We hope that a good bill gets to my desk," Inslee said at a bill signing at the state capitol. "I'm very empathetic with the nurses on unduly burdening them so they can't be proficient in their work and so I just hope this gets resolved in a way that we have serious legislation.

Source : CNN News
* News / Unemployment: NANNM Tasks Nigerian Nurses on Entrepreneurship by katty: April 20, 2019, 06:13:00 PM
The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) Federal Health Institutions Sector, has urged nurses to go into entrepreneurship in order to bridge the unemployment gap bedevilling the profession.

Mr Wale Olatunde, National Chairman of the association, who gave the advice on Saturday, in Abuja, frowned at the number of nurses in the labour market.

Olatunde said that the association was encouraging members to begin to stand on their own through entrepreneurship since the government was unable to employ everybody.

“We should be able to put on our thinking caps to explore every opportunity around us. Every nurse should find or look for what they can do for themselves rather than staying idle.

“They should ask themselves, what extra can I do? How can I come out of this present level of unemployment?

“You will be very surprised that there are a thousand and one opportunities you can explore to earn a living rather than waiting for a government job that may not come anytime soon.’’

The chairman said that it was better to venture into entrepreneurship since the government was finding it difficult to pay even those on its payroll.

Using blood pressure and weight checking as examples, Olatunde noted that they could offer such services for a token in their neighborhood, as people would feel comfortable approaching a known professional for those checks.

“You will not only check their blood pressure, but you can interpret it for them and by then you will begin to excel at your job.

“If you are able to prove your worth within your vicinity and environs, you can begin to give health talks, health promotion and disease prevention talks among others.’’

Olatunde reiterated that entrepreneurship was not just having a chemist or a pharmacy or patent medicine store somewhere.

He said it had gone beyond that as there were a lot of other things professionals could do to empower themselves.

Source : PM News
* News / In South Sudan, Midwives Bring Down Deaths Despite The Odds by katty: April 20, 2019, 10:49:01 AM
Seated in a stifling hallway in South Sudan’s main hospital, the midwife recounted the day she watched a young mother bleed to death after giving birth.

“She died while holding my hand,” said Aber Evaline, hanging her head. Her patient was one of more than 40 women who died in Juba’s Teaching Hospital in 2016 in a country with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.

For every 100,000 live births in South Sudan an estimated 789 mothers die, according to 2015 statistics from the United Nations and the World Bank. Recently, however, despite a civil war that killed almost 400,000 people, South Sudan’s maternal health has shown improvement. By last year deaths in Juba’s Teaching Hospital, regarded as the best in the country, had dropped to 21, said Evaline, one of four midwives there.

The decline is attributed to a concerted effort by South Sudan’s government and partners that began before the civil war erupted in 2013. It has dramatically increased the number of trained midwives from less than 10 when the program started seven years ago to more than 700 today. The project provides scholarships, training and other support for clinics and schools across the country of some 12 million people.

The initiative has made “sexual and reproductive health and rights closer to reality for the women of South Sudan,” Mary Otieno, the United Nations Population Fund’s country chief, told The Associated Press.

The effects are seen outside the capital as well. For three consecutive years clinics serving the displaced persons’ site in Mingkaman registered zero maternal deaths, while the clinic in the U.N.’s civilian protection site in Wau has had zero deaths since it opened in 2016, the U.N. fund said.

Immense challenges remain. While 15% of the government’s budget is meant to be allocated for overall health care, less than 2% is being received, said Felix Lado Johnson, the minister of health for the capital, Juba.

The government estimates that it needs 10 times the number of trained midwives across the country to further reduce the number of deaths. Trained midwives rarely find government jobs, however, leading many to work with international aid groups. State-run hospitals need the midwives’ expertise but often cannot pay them.

Zeitun Abdallah, head midwife at Juba’s Teaching Hospital, said she has not been paid since November.

Compounding the problem is the health care system itself, which already was weak before the civil war.

About 40% of health care facilities remain functional, according to the U.N., and the clinics that do work are poorly equipped.

Juba’s Teaching Hospital has 13 beds in its delivery ward yet about 25 women give birth there daily, according to staff. Mothers and newborns who are meant to be monitored for 24 to 48 hours after birth are discharged after two hours due to a lack of space, staffers said.

At least five babies have died in the past three years from being sent home before they were well enough to leave, according to the hospital’s midwives.

Electricity at the hospital is limited. When the AP visited earlier this month, it had not had power in a week due to broken generators and not enough money to fuel the ones that worked. The only ward with consistent power is the one for premature babies, where solar panels provide electricity for the machines that supply oxygen.

The United Nations Population Fund has appealed for more than $18 million for South Sudan, estimating that 42,000 pregnant women will endure complications during childbirth this year.

As South Sudan faces the next phase of a fragile peace deal signed in September, female leaders are calling for women’s health to be a central issue for the country.

“In this day and age, for you to be producing babies to die and for mothers to die in birth, it’s not acceptable,” Angelina Teny, wife of opposition leader and incoming vice president Riek Machar, told the AP. It is detrimental not only to the women but to the nation, she said.

Cradling her 3-day-old baby girl, Sonia Joyce said she kept her midwife close when giving birth in Juba’s Teaching Hospital last month because she was scared she might die.

She named her daughter, born two months early, Tabu, which means “tired” in Arabic.

“I named her that because she disturbed me a lot,” she said but looked lovingly at the child in her arms.

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* Postgraduates / West African College Of Nursing 2019 Fellowship Application Forms On Sale by katty: April 20, 2019, 10:25:39 AM
The West African College of Nursing (WACN) announces the commencement of sale of application forms for the Fellowship programme by examination for 2019.
Date: Friday, April 18th  - 31st July.2019
1. Applicants should possess the following or higher qualifications:
- First degree with 5 years post qualification experience and 2 years for registered nurses/ midwives with 15-20 years post RN/RM.
- Masters degree or PhD holders in nursing, midwifery or any of the specialties approved by council to be exempted from primaries/Part I.
- Honorary Fellows of the College for conversion, who meet the criteria are eligible to apply also.
Duration of class work/ residency will be for 3weeks in each of the four years. All applicants must be currently licensed to practice Nursing/Midwifery.

2. Applicants should  FILL or DOWNLOAD application form from the College site at
Downloaded application forms should be filled and submitted with the relevant credentials to the College Secretariat 6, Taylor Drive, Yaba, Lagos
3. Applicants should make payment of non-refundable fee of $30 US Dollars or {N10000} payable to WACN account.
Bank: First Bank Of Nigeria

Account name: West African College Of Nursing
Naira Account No: 2003831052
Dom Account No: 2003465262
4. A copy of the Teller should be scanned and attached to the completed application form which should be submitted with a recent passport photograph and other credentials.
5. Admission list will be out by end of August, 2019.
Successful candidates  to pay all approved fees during registration.
Please Note:
- Submission of application forms end July 31st, 2019
- Late submission 1st- 14th Aug attracts $10 penalty while 15th Aug - 19th attracts $50; forms submitted after 19th Aug will not be accepted / processed.

- The Fellowship programme primaries will be held at the Department of Nursing, University of Ibadan, Nigeria from 14th  - 1st November, 2019. First year examination follows immediately after the lectures.
- Duration of class work/residency will be 3weeks for each of the two years of the Primaries.
- Final Primary examinations will be held in the third week of September.
Snr.  Conf. Secretary, WACN
* News / Hospital Consultant Suspended After Arranging for Injured Wife to Jump The Queue by katty: April 20, 2019, 10:09:50 AM
A hospital Consultant who arranged for his injured wife to jump the queue at a busy casualty department was suspended for misconduct.

Dr Brian Flavin’s wife Oriel, 49, was seen, X-rayed and discharged in just 26 minutes.

Dr Brian Flavin was suspended for misconduct after arranging for his wife to jump the queue at a busy A&E in Dorset

Dr Flavin, 48, also took medical supplies from Christchurch Hospital in Dorset to treat his wife, also a doctor, at home and falsified medical records to cover his tracks.

An internal investigation was launched by NHS bosses after they received a tip-off from a member of staff.

Dr Flavin told a Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service disciplinary panel he was working on a busy night in an understaffed A&E in July 2016.

He said he was worried that his son, who had arrived with his wife, would become disruptive if he had been left for too long.

The disciplinary panel said his “dishonesty, which was repeated during the relevant period and included the falsifying of records, was significant”.

He was suspended for a month.

Dr Flavin left the hospital in August 2017 and returned to his native Ireland to work in a clinic.
Source : UK Sun Newspaper
* News / Measles Outbreak in Madagascar, Kills 1,200 Children by katty: April 19, 2019, 10:27:12 PM
More than 115,000 cases of measles have been diagnosed in Madagascar, marking the largest outbreak in the nation’s history. Some 1,200 people have died from the highly contagious disease, the Associated Press reports, and children, especially those under age 15, are disproportionately affected.

And the World Health Organization  (WHO) warns that only 1 in 10 cases of measles are being reported, meaning the outbreak is probably much worse than initially reported.

One mother named Nifaliana Razaijafisoa walked 9 miles holding her 6-month-old son in her arms to receive medical treatment in Madagascar's rural area of Iarintsena. After a nurse confirmed that her child had measles, the stricken mother told the AP, "I'm so scared for him because in the village everyone says it kills babies.”

The African island nation is far from the only location affected. Cases worldwide have spiked 300% so far in 2019, according to the WHO, which claims anti-vaccine campaigns spread on social media have deterred families from immunizing their children. In the United States, measles was considered eradicated in 2000, but cases have again been on the rise. In New York City, 300 people were diagnosed in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish section of Brooklyn, where many of residents shun technology and the advice of doctors outside their religion — leading the mayor to recently declare a public health emergency. The WHO also reports outbreaks in Thailand, Israel, and Tunisia.

In Madagascar, the issue is not anti-vaccine campaigns, but that poor families do not have access to the measles vaccine. To prevent outbreaks, at least 90% of the population needs to be immunized, but only 58% have been immunized on Madagascar’s main island.

A WHO doctor says that new cases are slowing down in Madagascar — but it will be hard to eradicate the disease due to the fact that half of all children on the island are malnourished.

“Malnutrition is the bed of measles,” says Dr. Dossou Vincent Sodjinou, the WHO epidemiologist in Madagascar. The son of Razaijafisoa, the mother in Iarintsena, only weighs 11 pounds at 6 months old, which is 64% less than most infants his age in America.
“This is the case for almost all children with measles who have come here,” Lantonirina Rasolofoniaina, a health center volunteer, told the AP.

Lalatiana Ravonjisoa, a vegetable vendor, lost her 5-month-old son from the disease.

“I had five children. They all had measles. For the last, I did not go to see the doctor because I did not have money,” she told the AP.

Many families in the impoverished nation do not have access to clinics, which are few and far between, and they cannot afford doctors or medicine. Many treatment centers are short-staffed and have few resources to help patients.

“I gave my baby the leftover medications from his big brother to bring down the fever,” Ravonjisoa said.

While the baby’s health at first seemed to be improving, he later developed breathing problems — a typical symptom for the disease, which is spread by coughing, sneezing, infected surfaces, or other close contact. Ravonjisoa was devastated to find his feet cold the following morning. He had died overnight.

Officials are working to contain the spread of the disease; the WHO kicked off its third mass vaccination campaign in Madagascar in March. The organization hopes to reach 7.2 million children aged 6 months to 9 years old.

“But immunization is not the only strategy for the response to this epidemic. We still need resources for care, monitoring, and social mobilization,” Sodjinou, the WHO epidemiologist, told the AP.
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* News / Patient Faces Arrest After Nurse He Assaulted Died by katty: April 19, 2019, 09:47:23 PM
A patient faces arrest for manslaughter after an alleged attack at Baton Rouge General Medical Center in Louisiana resulted in a nurse's death, highlighting once again how dangerous the workplace can be for frontline healthcare professionals.

The 54-year-old patient, Jessie Guillory, was attacking another nurse in the hospital's behavioral health unit this month when 56-year-old nurse Lynne Truxillo intervened, as The Advocate's Lea Skene reported Tuesday, citing police. Guillory then allegedly turned to attack Truxillo, causing her to injure her right leg and strike her head on a desk.

Truxillo—who finished her shift before being treated and released by the hospital's the emergency department that day, as WAFB reported—died the following week. The coroner ruled this week that blood clots in Truxillo's leg and both lungs had resulted from the altercation and caused her death, as Skene reported.

Edgardo Tenreiro, president and CEO of Baton Rouge General/General Health System, said in an email to staff that Truxillo was a "kind, compassion and giving nurse," as The Advocate's Jacqueline DeRobertis and Grace Toohey reported.

"Our deepest sympathies are with her loved ones, friends, and colleagues as we work to better understand this tragic loss," Tenreiro wrote, noting that Truxillo had worked for the hospital since 2002.

Truxillo's death comes as nurses push for state and federal legislation to better protect healthcare professionals at work, drawing attention to the pervasive violence that some nurses have been told to accept as part of the job.

"Right now, healthcare and social service employers are not doing enough to prevent the violent incidents that nurses and other workers experience daily," Jean Ross, RN, co-president of the National Nurses United, said in December.

Amy Costigan, MD, told HealthLeaders in February that clinicians' legitimate safety concerns in the emergency department can undermine the quality of care they deliver.

"We work in emotionally charged and high-stress situations, but our protection in the hospital shouldn't be any different than what is afforded to everybody else," Costigan said. "We don't tolerate assault in a courtroom, or a library, or a restaurant. The same rules should be applied and enforced everywhere because everybody has a right to feel safe, supported, and protected in their workplace."

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