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* News / Placing of Newly Qualified Nurses in South Africa Going on Smoothly by katty: December 06, 2018, 08:56:50 AM
A total 3,535 nurses qualified in 2018, of whom 3,470 have already been placed, MPs told

Virtually all SA’s newly qualified nurses have been placed in public sector posts for 2019, a senior health department official assured MPs on Wednesday.

In contrast to the last-minute scramble to find positions for new nurses in previous years, the process of placing nurses who qualified in 2018 has gone smoothly, according to the department’s chief operating officer, Gail Andrews.

A total of 3,535 nurses qualified in 2018, of whom 3,470 had already been placed, she told parliament’s portfolio committee on health. SA nurses have been given priority, and the handful of nurses who have not been offered posts in the public sector are foreigners who are studying in SA, she said.

All 248 bursary holders from Limpopo have been placed in posts in the province, she said. Bursary holders are required to work for a period in the province that funded their studies.

The department’s chief nursing officer, Nonhlanha Makhanya, briefed MPs on ongoing reforms to nursing qualifications, and the rationalisation of nursing colleges.

Nursing colleges fall under the jurisdiction of provincial health departments, which determine their five-year enrolment plans based on their needs and the available resources.

Following several years of reorganisation, each province now has a single nursing college with satellite campuses, and the nursing schools previously located in hospitals are being converted into clinical training units or sub-campuses, she said. The South African Military Health Services also runs a nursing college.

From 2020, a new three-year diploma in general nursing will be offered by nursing colleges. This will be the entry-level nursing qualification, and students can obtain advanced diplomas in skills such as midwifery or oncology. Studies that lead to qualifying as an enrolled nurse or staff nurse will not be offered after 2019.

Makhanya said general nurses will be more highly skilled than enrolled and staff nurses, and will not require supervision from more senior nursing staff.

In line with legislative requirements, health minister Aaron Motsoaledi has formally requested the higher education and training minister to declare the nursing colleges as public higher education colleges, she said.  All the provinces except Northern Cape have already submitted their programmes for accreditation with the Council for Higher Education, she said.

Makhanya said universities are also revising their nursing curriculums to meet the requirements of the new nursing qualifications.
Source : Business Day
* News / Tanzania: At Least 10 Nurses Reprimanded for Breaching Job Ethics by katty: December 05, 2018, 07:59:46 PM
At least ten nurses from different areas of health sector have been reprimanded in the past three years over provision of services contrary to laid-down ethical guidelines.

In several other cases, the Tanzania Nursing and Midwifery Council revealed,decisions will be made and punishment meted any time from now.

The Registrar of the Tanzania Nursing and Midwifery Council, Ms Agness Mtawa, made the comments on Monday, December 3, this year, in Kibaha Town, where the general meeting of the council took place.

Besides the reprimand, Mtawa said 15 cases involving midwives and nurses have been reported to the police. They involved forgery of certificates, including licences,midwives and nurses.

Earlier, the chairman of the council, Reverend Abner Mathube,said the meeting had brought together 80 participants from all regions in the country.

Reverend Mathubesaid the main goal of holding the meeting was to remind participants of their obligations.

Some participants said the main challenge they had been facing was the non-observance of job ethics by some nurses.

"The nurses work on behalf of others. So, this area needs monitoring of the highest level," says Alhaji Ahmed Chibwana, Mtwara Region's head nurse.

Source : Citizen Paper
* News / Nurses refuse to work night shift following assault in clinic by katty: December 05, 2018, 07:55:37 PM
South Africa : Limpopo’s health MEC, Phopho Ramathuba, has welcomed the arrest of a man who allegedly assaulted a nurse at a clinic in Vaalwater after the nurse refused to act contrary to departmental policies

The man was apparently angry because the nurse refused to reissue his companion with a second birth notification form.

Cellphone video footage of the incident has gone viral and since the incident, nurses stopped working night shifts.

The MEC says the health practitioner acted in the best interests of the government and the country, as guided by the law.

“It is for this reason that the department did not hesitate to report the man to the police.”

She said the arrest should serve as a warning and deterrent to anyone who dared to commit any form of criminal activity in a health facility.

She also urged people to rather escalate their complaints whenever they were dissatisfied with the department’s complaint process mechanisms.

“If they (communities) dare assault them (health practitioners), we will have to have them arrested,” Ramathuba added.

The department is working with community stakeholders and organised labour to ensure that the clinic works for 24 hours again as soon as possible.

* News / Gunmen Kidnap Doctor, Nurse Working with FMC Owó Demand #50million Ransom by katty: December 05, 2018, 03:06:30 PM
Armed men have abducted three workers of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo in Ondo State, SaharaReporters has just learnt.

The health workers were kidnapped on Tuesday along Emure-Ile/Owo road on their way to work at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Owo, a 45-minute drive from Akure, the Ondo State capital.

A medical doctor, nurse and records officer were kidnapped.

Our correspodent gathered that one of the kidnapped victims has been identified as Jospehine Fanikasi, a records officer at FMC.

A source, who confirmed the news to SaharaReporter on Wednesday, said the medical workers were abducted on a "bad portion" of Owo road.

The source, who preferred not to be named, explained that the gunmen double-crossed the vehicle that was coveying the health workers. The hoodlums later marched the three victims into a waiting vehicle, before they drove into the bush.

"Yes, it is true. Three of our medical workers were abducted yesterday (Tuesday) while on their way to their place of work at FMC, Owo. They are: a medical doctor, a nurse and a records officer, who are all working with the Federal hospital in Owo town of Ondo State," the source said.

"The three kidnapped victims were double-crossed with another vehicle along Owo road at gunpoint. The kidnappers spoke a different kind of English, and couldn't speak the language well."

A church member of one of the victims also confirmed the incident via phone call, stating that they had gone spiritual on the matter.

She said the abductors have contacted the family of the victims and are demanding N50million for their release.

"They have contacted their families and they were told to raise the sum of N50million to effect their release. Even in the church, we have resorted to fasting and prayer for God to touch the hearts of the kidnappers and let them release their victims," she said

Femi Joseph, Police Spokesperson in Ondo State, confirmed the incident to SaharaReporters.

Although he claimed that only two persons were abducted by the gunmen, he stated that the Police have begun investigation into the incident.

"I only know of two persons who were kidnapped by the gunmen in Owo, but our boys have swung into action and we will rescue the victims. Already, we have deployed our men into the bush and they have started combing everywhere. Investigation has also started on the case and we shall bring the peptrators to book," he said.

Source: SaharaReporters
* News / Nigerian Critical Care Nurse, Blessing Charles, In Community Health Outreach by katty: December 05, 2018, 08:42:15 AM

The growing demands and required intervention in the increased level of hypertensive and diabetic victims in Nigeria have been underemphasized overtime. But the visionary manifest and proactive intervention of Mrs. Blessing Charles, a critical care nurse, based in Canada, have returned to Nigeria to raise an educative and informative awareness on hypertension and diabetes.

In view of this philanthropic gesture by the Canada based Nurse, Mrs Blessing, who is committed to human health advancement programs, a Community Health Outreach program was organised in Uru-aka Village Square, Akwa North LGA, Anambra state to alleviate the challenges met by Nigerias suffering from diabetes and hypertension.

The timely intervention of this Community Health Outreach in Awka, Anambra state witnessed teachings on hypertension, personal hygiene and diabetes; free medical relief material like malaria, Advil, Acetaminophen, Antacids and Amlodipine drugs was issued by a pharmacists during the outreach.

That wasn't enough, as portable hypertension and blood sugar test equipment was shared to residents of the Uru-aka village in Anambra state.
While speaking with beneficiaries at the occasion, they expressed satisfaction, gratitude and joy for such a kind and godly gesture from their daughter, Mrs. Blessing Charles, who on the other told our reporters that her joy was full when she noticed the impact and happiness in the faces of people in the uru-aka community.

Mrs. Blessing Charles is a critical care registered nurse in Canada. She hails from the south south region of Nigeria in Delta State, but she is married to an Anambra state indegene. She loves charity/ humanitarian works that promotes healthy living and social interventions program.

* News / Update On Dental Technicians Been Interviewed with Nurses for Employment in Ogun by katty: December 05, 2018, 07:24:41 AM

The leadership of NANNM in Ogun state took up the matter with a view to investigate and get first hand information on what's happening. We found out that dental technicians were not interviewed as nurses. The reason why they were lumped into the list of nurses was because their cadre was not advertised for and some political shenanigans was involved to get them into service too.

The nursing leadership in the state has refused this move and has asked those who are bent on getting them into the service to raise a separate memo for their cadre if they really want them employed. The interviewers were however compelled by the commissioner to interview them on a separate template different from the nurses'own.

The summary is that they want 5 out of the 100 slots of nurses for them but the stance of NANNM is that the 100 slots for nurses be reserved exclusively for persons with qualifications registrable with NMCN and valid practicing licences only irrespective of the threats by top politicians in the state to stop the employment process if we are not ready to leave some of the slots for them. It is our strong resolution that even the 100 positions are not enough to meet the manpower needs of nurses in the state and as such we can't allow any short changing of any sort.

Our members are hereby enjoined to remain calm and rest assured that no stone will be left unturned in defending the integrity of the profession and professionals.

'Kunle Akinola.
NANNM Secretary.
* Nursing Heroes / Google honours WW1 Nurse Edith Cavel Who Gave Her Life To Save Others by katty: December 04, 2018, 06:09:53 AM
While working as a nurse in Belgium during the First World War, Edith Cavell was helping Allied soldiers escape the German Occupation. She is honoured by a Google Doodle on her 153rd birthday.

The latest Google Doodle honours a British nurse who risked her own life to help Allied soldiers escape from Occupied Belgium during the First World War.

Edith Cavell was born in the village of Swardeston, near Norwich, on 4 December 1865. The eldest of four children, she was educated at Norwich High School for Girls, and then she found work as a governess.

She didn't become a nurse until she was 30-years-old, and inspired by the experience of caring for her seriously ill father. After successfully nursing him back to health Edith applied to train as a nurse probationer at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

She went on to have an illustrious medical career both in hospitals and as a private travelling nurse.

Edith worked in Shoreditch, Kings Cross and Manchester before moving to Brussels in 1907.

There she was appointed matron of Belgium's first nursing college, and within just a few years she was an expert training nurse for three hospitals, 24 schools and 13 nurseries across the country.

Outbreak of WW1

Edith Cavell was visiting her family in England when WW1 broke out. She immediately returned to Brussels, stating that "I can't stop while there are lives to be saved."

Edith's school was transformed into a Red Cross hospital, and she would treat casualties of the war regardless of their nationality, or what side of the conflict they were fighting on.

She was also covertly working with the Belgian resistance.

While Brussels was occupied by German forces, Edith was sheltering French and British soldiers and helping them escape to the neighboring Netherlands, which was neutral territory. It's believed that she helped over 200 men to safety, many of whom wrote to thank her once they reached home.

Unfortunately, Edith's activities didn't escape the attention of the German authorities, and she was eventually arrested and charged with treason. She was prosecuted in a court-martial, found guilty, and sentenced to death.

This provoked international outrage, and there were cries for Edith to be granted a reprieve. People argued that she should be spared death, especially given that she saved so many lives - both Allied and German - through her pioneering work as a war nurse.

These cries fell on deaf ears, however, and Edith was executed by firing squad at the Tir National on 12 October 1912. She was just 49-years-old.


After the war, Edith's body was brought back to England and laid to rest at Norwich Cathedral, where a graveside service is held annually on the anniversary of her death.

There are memorials dedicated to Edith around the world, and she is commemorated by the Church of England's calendar for saints on 12 October every year.

In 1917, the Nation's Fund for Nurses was launched in Edith's honour, and charity Cavell Nurses' Trust supports nurses, midwifes and HCAs who are experiencing hardhsips.

Edith's legacy of compassion, bravery and heroism lives on, and is remembered to this day.

Source: UK Mirror
* News / Files of Indian Nurses in Kuwait Referred to Public Prosecution by katty: December 04, 2018, 05:59:07 AM
Minister of Health Dr Basel Al-Sabah was recently quoted as saying the Ministry of Health will look into the circumstances of the ‘suspicious’ appointment of hundreds of Indian nurses and that the Ministry has referred the file to the Public Prosecution, reports Al-Jarida daily.

This came after the ministry detected fl aws, irregularities and suspicions that caused the state to lose public funds. The minister was answering a parliamentary query submitted by MP Rakan Al-Nisf concerning the appointment of a big number of Indian female nurses by companies in 2016, who are at the center of dispute because they have yet to be hired and paid by the Ministry of Health. Al-Sabah cited irregularities in hiring the nurses and giving them government housing without the approval of the Civil Services Commission
* News / Niger Govt Spends N190m on Female Hostel in School of Nursing Bida– Commissioner by katty: December 03, 2018, 11:02:21 PM
The Niger Government on Monday says the present administration has expended about N190 million on the construction of female hostel at the School of Nursing Bida.

The state Commissioner for Health, Mr Mustapha Jibril, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna that about N150 million was spent on the construction of female hostel and N40 million on fencing the entire institution.

According to Jibril, the projects had since been completed and awaiting inauguration.

The commissioner said that the state government would continue to accord priority attention to the school to ensure provision of qualitative manpower to manage health institutions across the state.

He said about 1,500 health facilities have been given attention since the inception of the present administration.

“There is massive reconstruction in some institutions while others were provided with modern health facilities to meet global standards.

“We have already constructed 247 rural primary healthcare centres, and employed 500 health personnel with state of the art equipments to enable rural dwellers better access to affordable healthcare services in the state,’’ said the commissioner.

He said that the ministry had also recruited 3,000 nurses and midwives to address the manpower shortage in the health sector.

Jibril said that health workers in the state were being trained and retrained to update their knowledge and boost service delivery.

He however called on residents to complement the effort of the state government and report any outbreak of epidemic to the nearest health institution. (NAN)
* News / Malawi Nurses Organisation Elects New Executives by katty: December 03, 2018, 01:21:19 PM
National Organisation for Nurses and Midwives (Nonm) have elected new office bearers with Shouts Simeza the Principal for St John of God Nursing College in Mzuzu given the mandate to govern the operations of the organisationas as its president for the next four years.

Simeza replaces veteran health advocate, Dorothy Ngóma who has served the organisation both as an executive director and president for many years.

In his acceptance speech after being elected, Simeza promised to prioritize issues affecting the welfare of nurses and midwives in Malawi for their socio-economic wellbeing of citizens/

"I would like to thank each one of you for entrusting me with this position in the next four years. I did not have a manifesto during my campaign period for I knew my manifesto is with you colleagues. I will therefore, along with my committee engage you to develop action plans on how we should operate as a union," he said.

He said NONM will strive to complement government's efforts in supporting and at the same time providing quality health care services to Malawians.

"We will also advocate and lobby government to address some of our concerns as nurses and midwives in Malawi while maintaining our professionalism as well," said Simeza.

Speaking when he opened their conference, Minister of Health and Population, Atupere Muluzi said NONM is a great partner to the Malawi Government, particularly the Ministry of Health, through the support it renders to Malawians.

"Your membership which is available in government, private and Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) Hospitals plays a crucial role in delivering quality patient care," said Muluzi.

Apart from Simeza being elected as president,others included; Hanna Mtemangómbe (1st Vice President),Osman Assan (2nd Vice President),Tawile Boko (National Treasure),Tuwepo Mwitha (Vice National Treasure) and Febby Magawa, Alufeyo Chirwa, Violet Bandawe, Dunken Kwaitana and Memory Saidi as Zone Chairpersons for Northern region,Central East,Central West,South West and South East zones respectively.

About 3000 delegates from all the zones in Malawi attended the indaba.
Nyaya Times
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