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* 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
* News / Zimbabwe Introduces New Curriculum for Midwives, Increases Training Period by katty: December 02, 2018, 05:40:36 PM
Midwives will now have to train for 18 months as against 12 months

The government has increased the training period for midwives from 12 months to 18 months beginning 2019 in order to cater for curriculum changes which are meant to improve service delivery.

This was revealed by the President of Zimbabwe Confederation of Midwives (ZICOM), Dr Lillian Dodzo during an annual general meeting for midwives held in Nyanga.

"There is an increasing recognition that providing quality universal health coverage is an investment in social and economic well-being of the nation and a key contributor to the wealth and productivity of any country. Attaining universal health care is when a country has midwives with sound knowledge and skills for managing obstetrics and neonatal emergencies and appealed for the creation of separate establishments of midwives," said Dr Dodzo.

The Vice Chairperson of the Health Services Board, Professor Auxillia Chideme Munodawafa, who was guest of honour at the conference, urged the midwives to get into research and come up with scientific solutions and recommendations for midwifery challenges and dilemmas.

"Surely there has to be a difference between my midwife who delivered me 71 years ago and today's midwife with a masters degree or PHD from NUST. Midwives should work hard in reducing the current mortality rate which is at 651/1000," she said.

The conference which was held under the theme "midwives responds to the global agenda on sustainable development and universal health care," was attended by scores of midwives representatives from across the 10 provinces.
Source : ZBC
* News / Dealing with another outbreak of yellow fever By Geraldine Akutu by katty: December 02, 2018, 05:36:22 PM
With news of yellow fever outbreak in different parts of the country, Dr. Olayide A. Jinadu, Medical Director at Charis-Med Hospital, Lagos, sheds light on what the illness is about, what causes it and how to curtail it. GERALDINE AKUTU reports.

What is yellow fever?

Yellow fever is one of the acute viral haemorrhagic diseases (others being Ebola, Lassa fever, Marburg and Dengue) caused by a single-stranded RNA virus of the genus Flavivirus.

Yellow fever is characterised by jaundice (yellowness of the eyes), thereby necessitating the name “Yellow fever.”

It is a mosquito-borne disease, which means it is transmitted by mosquitos, and is endemic in tropical areas of Africa, Central and South America.

Yellow fever is transmitted specifically by the female Aedes aegypti mosquito. This particular mosquito also transmits Dengue fever, another acute viral haemorrhagic disease.

The key words in acute viral haemorrhagic diseases mean the following: Acute, which means sudden onset, within 24 hours.

The word acute has nothing to do with the severity of a disease as most people think, but the time of onset.

The opposite of Acute is Chronic, meaning prolonged duration of onset. Viral means caused by a virus, while Haemorrhagic means bleeding.

Some sources say Yellow fever was first diagnosed in Jos, Plateau State in 1953. It is also estimated that up to 100,000 cases of yellow fever may have occurred during the reported epidemic in 1969 in the same city of Jos, Plateau state.

The disease occurs when the female Aedes aegypti mosquito carrying the yellow fever virus feeds on a human being.

Epidemics occur when an infected person(s) introduce the virus into densely populated areas with high mosquito density and in places with low socio-economic status, where most people have little or no immunity, due to lack of vaccinations.

These areas also have poor drainage systems, which encourages breeding of these mosquitoes, allowing a very effective transmission from person to person.

It should be noted that not all cases of Yellow fever end up being severe.

In fact, it is estimated that only about 15 percent cases become severe, further implying that a minute portion of patients who contract the yellow fever virus develop severe symptoms and approximately half of the people with severe cases die within seven to 10 days.

Yellow fever, just like malaria, can be contracted via mosquitos, the difference here is that malaria is transmitted by the female Anopheles mosquito, while yellow fever by the female Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Why are these diseases transmitted by female mosquitos? It is because they need the iron and protein present in blood to make their eggs.

Secondly, malaria does not have a vaccine yet, while yellow fever disease does, and is able to provide effective immunity within 10 days for 80 to 100 percent of people vaccinated, and within 30 days for more than 99 percent of people vaccinated, according to World Health Organisation’s (WHO) data.

Healthcare workers are particularly susceptible to this dreadful disease, owing to repeated exposure from infected patients.

Therefore, health workers are mandated to receive a dose of the vaccine, if they have never been vaccinated against yellow fever. A booster dose is not necessary.

What are the signs and symptom? How is it diagnosed?

It cannot be overemphasised that yellow fever is usually a mild, self-limiting illness that would not need any specific treatment, consisting fever, headaches, myalgia (generalised body pain) and malaise (generalised body weakness).

Most severe yellow fever illnesses present with malaise, fever, chills, headaches, low back pain, nausea, dizziness.

This is followed by a period of remission, where the patient may either recover fully or progress to a more fatal form.

A return of the symptoms is usually marked by fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, renal failure, haemorrhage (bleeding from body orifices), jaundice (yellowness of the eyes), hepatomegaly (enlargement of the liver), mucosal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, altered sensorium semi consciousness), tachycardia (increased heart rate), low body temperature or high grade fever and hypotension (low blood pressure).

Diagnoses are made from a series of such laboratory investigations as complete blood count (CBC), coagulation studies, blood electrolytes, urinalysis, chest X-ray to evaluate the level of pulmonary oedema and to reveal secondary bacterial chest infections, liver function test.

More specific tests are Rapid detection methods (polymerase chain reaction) and Serologic tests, among others.

What is the treatment for yellow fever?

No specific treatment exists for yellow fever as it is treated symptomatically.

This means symptoms that manifest are treated especially in critical cases. For instance, there are fluid resuscitation, antipyretics and fever management.

The current available vaccines confers near lifelong immunity of 95 percent of patients. Revaccination is recommended every 10 years for travel certificates.

How affordable and available is the vaccine?

The yellow fever vaccine is very readily available in most or all state hospitals and healthcentres at extremely subsidised rates.

Just walk into any of the nearby government owned health care facility and it would be made available to you. It is one of the vaccines mandated in the vaccination schedule for babies.

How can people reduce chances of getting infected with the virus?

The most important means is by getting vaccinated. Others are ensuring that safety precautions are taken at all times, ensuring suspicious cases are reported to appropriate quarters in time.

It is also important to wash hands regularly with soap and water, steering clear of individuals with such symptoms and ensuring the vectors (female Adedes aegypti mosquitos) are eradicated by clearing surrounding bushes and gutters or artificially made water bodies.
* News / Ebola outbreak in Congo now world's 2nd biggest by katty: December 02, 2018, 05:30:14 PM
The Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo is now the second biggest in history, with 426 confirmed and probable cases, the health ministry said late on Thursday.

The epidemic in a volatile part of Democratic Republic of Congo is now only surpassed by the 2013-2016 outbreak in West Africa, where more than 28,000 cases where confirmed, and is bigger than an outbreak in 2000 in Uganda involving 425 cases.

Ebola is believed to have killed 245 people in North Kivu and Ituri provinces where attacks by armed groups and community resistance to health officials have hampered the response.[nL8N1Y163O]

Congo has suffered 10 Ebola outbreaks since the virus was discovered there in 1976. It spreads through contact with bodily fluids and causes hemorrhagic fever with severe vomiting, diarrhoea and bleeding, and in many flare-ups, more than half of cases are fatal.

“This tragic milestone clearly demonstrates the complexity and severity of the outbreak,” Michelle Gayer, Senior Director of Emergency Health at the International Rescue Committee said in a statement. “The dynamics of conflict (mean) ... a protracted outbreak is ... likely, and the end is not in sight.”

* News / Rethink Quotas for Nursing Training Institutions - Don to Ghana Government by katty: December 01, 2018, 05:30:59 PM
The Wisconsin International University College of Ghana has appealed to government to reconsider the decision on quotas for nursing training colleges.

“There is still a critical shortage of nurses in Ghana, in the sub-region, in Africa and in many parts of the world. However, if Ghana cannot afford to absorb all the nursing graduates, bilateral agreements can be entered into with countries which require this invaluable human resource.

“There are many solutions at our disposal, but deterring people from pursuing their dreams should not be one of them. It is better to have educated people without jobs than uneducated people without jobs,” the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof Obeng Mireku said in his report at the institution’s eleventh congregation in Accra last Saturday.

Entrepreneurial model

With the country struggling with a ‘no-bed syndrome’ that sometimes led to disastrous consequences, he said other entrepreneurial models such as providing home care services for the ill could also assist in decongesting hospitals.

“Instead of reducing the number of nurses trained, why don’t we set up world-class health facilities and provide nurses with training in specialists’ areas, so that we can create a thriving health tourism industry, as countries like Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa have done,” he said.

Government decision

The Vice-Chancellor’s position followed the Nurses and Midwifery Council directive that gave quotas to nurses training institutions including private ones across the country.

Public and private institutions accredited to train nurses in Ghana reduced their intake by almost 1,600 last year because of the directive.

An assessment by the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association revealed in June last year that Ghana will need not less than 38,000 nurses and midwives to bridge the nurse-patient ratio.

The WHO nurse to patient ratio is pegged at least 40 nurses for every 10,000 population but Ghana’s statistics is said to be 22 nurses for every 10,000 people.

While some believe that the government quotas was because the government had taken the decision to control the amount it pumps into allowances it paid to nursing trainees, the Ministry of Health’s position is that it was because of inadequate infrastructure at the training institutions in addition to the claims that the country was training more nurses than it needed, especially when such nurses depended on government for jobs.


On its day of honours, 898 students made of up of 13 diploma students, 761 first degree students and 124 post graduate students graduated from the university. Mr Charles Asiedu Jnr emerged the Access Bank for overall Best Student at the undergraduate level.

While the Institute of Charted Accountants, Ghana (ICAG) for Best Accounting Student, was received by Fayemi Oluwaseun Temitayo; the prize for the Calbank Award for Overall Best Banking and Finance Student with the Student Entrepreneur of the Year going to Rebecca Amenu.

At the postgraduate level, the ADB Award for Overall MBA student (MBA) went to Daniel Edisi; the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Award for overall Best (MBA Accounting option) was received by Eugene Osei Bremang. Godwin Ayawa Sibilla and Seth Cudjoe received prizes for being the Overall Best Student (MA Education) and Overall Best Student (MSc Environmental Sustainability and Management) respectively.


In the report that touched enrolment, development and facilities as well as the university’s policy statement, Prof Mireku said the university was collaborating on foreign universities and had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor to discuss the possibilities of staff a staff and student exchange programme between the two institutions.

“The university college prides itself in combining skills with theory. Through internships, work placements and industry training provided at the Career Services Centre, many of our graduands have had the opportunity to develop technical soft skills,” he said.

Turning his attention to the free senior high school policy, he said the university had introduced tuition classes for students on the double track (Gold/Green track) free SHS system to enable students to better utilise their vacation periods.

The Provost and Executive Vice President of the Concordia University of the United States, Dr Peter Senkbeil, urged the graduates to think of themselves as entrepreneurs, not to be afraid to start small and work their way up, act with integrity, exercise leadership and keep learning while at the same time showing leadership.

“Employers are looking for people with good job skills. They’re also looking for people they can rely on people they can put in charge of tasks and projects. Sometimes your first leadership assignments are small. They may be thankless tasks,” he said.

Source: Graphic Online
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