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* News / #JOHESUStrike2018 ATBUTH To Recruit Temporary Workers by katty: May 12, 2018, 02:53:30 PM
The Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Bauchi, says it will recruit “locum’’ (temporary) workers to augment the effect of the JOHESU strike in compliance with Federal Government directive.

Dr Mohammed Alkali, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of ATBUTH, disclosed this on Thursday in an Interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi.

Alkali represented by the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, Dr Abubakar Kadas, that the measure was aimed at providing normal medical and healthcare services as well prevent further loss of lives.

According to him, the hospital will recruit the locum staff especially nurses to perform the duties of the striking workers following the federal mandate.

“We have to move forward despite the strike by Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) and most of them are our staff.
“At the beginning basic emergency live saving service were carried on because closing the hospital will not be good.

“ATBUTH is the apex hospital in the Bauchi state and closing it will cost a lot of difficulties among the citizens.
“Initially we concentrated on saving lives, but with the current support of federal government we can now run the clinics, maternity, labour room, paediatric and many other departments,” he said.

According to him, attendance registers have been opened for staff willing to discharge their duties and noted that more are coming to put in their best to see that the hospital is working.

“The Hospital since the commencement of the strike 17 April had not stopped rendering services to the teeming citizens. ‎
“With the support of the locum staff the hospital is 80 per cent effective in terms of service delivery,” Alkali said.

The CMD advised the general public to patronise the hospital, adding that “we have more hands that will render services before the termination of the strike.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of JOHESU in Bauchi State, Mr Ibrahim Maikudi, told NAN that the state health workers would soon join the strike in solidarity.‎

“We are on it, no going back until we receive a contrary directive in respect of the strike from our national secretariat,” Maikudi said.
Source : PM News
* News / #JOHESUStrike2018 JOHESU Strike Put on Hold in Yobe by katty: May 12, 2018, 02:51:08 PM
Health workers in Yobe have put on hold the nationwide strike action directed by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU).

Abdul-Azeez Usman, state chairman of the National Association of Nurses and Midwives, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Damaturu that the union had however placed its members on alert.

“There are on going negotiations between government and the union on peculiar issues that affect the state branch as well as issues raised by the national body.

“With the ongoing negotiations, we have placed our members on red alert to join the strike if we fail to reach agreements,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, patients have pleaded with the health workers not to join the strike.

Abubakar Aliyu, a patient at the Damaturu Specialists hospital said “Yobe government has done so much in the health sector, they should not go on strike just for solidarity.

“Yobe government should be appreciated and the patients should be sympathised with’’, he said.

Also, Kaka Musa, a relative to a patient, contended that health workers in the state have no reason to join the strike “because it is the sector that had received more attention in terms of working environment, tools, and condition than any other sector from government.” (NAN)
* News / 6 Policemen beat-up Registered Nurse to pulp in Ughelli in Delta by katty: May 12, 2018, 08:20:08 AM
THERE was pandemonium on Wednesday night at the Ughelli Central Hospital after some policemen from the Ughelli Area Command pounced on a male nurse of the hospital for allegedly failing to assist them in carrying a male victim rushed by the policemen to the Accident and Emergency Unit of the hospital for treatment.

The irate policemen number six, were also said to have threatened to shoot the nurse identified as Blessing Oshiegbu and an unidentified health assistant on duty if they failed to embark on prompt medical attention on the patient who was later discovered to be a policeman.

A female nurse, who witnessed the incident, told Saturday Vanguard that Blessing was slapped multiple times by the policemen resulting to him slumping after which he was forced at gun point to carry the patient on a wheelchair to the unit for treatment.

Trouble was said to have started when Blessing who claimed to have addressed the officers calmly, had appealed to the policemen to assist him evacuate the patient into the unit for treatment as he could not carry the patient alone from the police vehicle.

Infuriated by his appeal, the policemen were alleged to have pounced on him asking if “that wasn’t his duty.”

A top management officer of the hospital who confirmed the beating of the nurse to our correspondent, said some patients were on admission took to hiding following threat by the police officers to shoot indiscriminately at anyone who dare intrude in the case.

Confirming the incident when contacted, Mr. Blessing who directed all enquiries to the hospital management, lamented that the incident had led to severe pains in his two ears with his mobile set damaged, adding that he is having difficulty in hearing with his ears as a result of the incident.

It was gathered that the Ughelli Zonal Medical Director, ZMD, Dr. Moses Eyevweruvwu, who led other senior doctors and top management of the hospital to a meeting with Ughelli Area Commander, Adepoju Ilori on Friday were alleged to have been insulted and subsequently staged a walk out from the meeting.

One of the doctors explained, “Do you know that the patient in question happened to be a police officer? They that brought him did not know he was their colleague. It was at the hospital that they discovered that he was policeman when they saw his identity card because they seized his document including his money. They were the people that injured the man and the same time brought him to hospital.

“Today (Friday), they said the police want to see us. When we got to the police station, it wasn’t what we went for that the DPO was addressing initially. We finally got to talked about what happened. One of the police officers there saw the witnesses that night and won’t want to go with those witnesses so that they could be threatened.

Although, Dr Eyevweruvwu (ZMD) could not be reached for comment, the Head of Accident and Emergency Unit, Dr Odiri Diodemise, confirmed the development to our correspondent on phone on Friday when contacted.
He narrated that, “When they (policemen) came in they were asking of doctors but the nurse who they met asked them to help him bring the patient to A & E Unit. That moment, they held and dragged him to he should go bring the patient. In the process they started slapping and hitting him with the butt of the guns. For the beating not to get worst he obeyed them and he went there to single handedly brought the injured patient.”
Source :  Vanguard
* News / Address Delivered By NANNM President at the 2018 Nurses’ Week Celebration by katty: May 11, 2018, 11:42:43 PM


It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all from the length and breadth of the country to Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, on the occasion of this year’s commemoration of the International Nurses Day with the theme; “Nurses A voice to lead: Health is a human right” and International Day of the Midwife with the theme; “Midwives: leading with quality care”. The International Council of Nurses started commemorating this day since 1965. The annual celebration acknowledges the contributions nurses make to societies around the globe, as well as observing the birthday of one of the world’s most famous nurses, Florence Nightingale, born in Italy on May 12, 1820. The nurses’ week is also about honoring the unmatched dedication and service of all nurses and ensuring that the attention of government and policy makers at all levels is drawn to issues that matter most to nurses in their respective countries.

I therefore want to congratulate Nigerian nurses and midwives indeed across the globe on this year’s event. I want to also salute our courage and commitment for our unique, selfless and unparalleled contributions to the health sector despite the magnitude of the challenges we are being confronted with. Like Bill Gates noted during his visit to our country that Nigeria is one of the worst places to give birth, I dare add that Nigeria is one of the worst places to practice as a nurse or midwives. This year’s event is historic because 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the famous Alma Ata declaration on health in 1978 which expressed the need for urgent action by governments, all health and development workers and indeed the global community to protect and promote the health of all people. It is however not encouraging that 40 years later governments and people still need to be reminded and sometimes coerced to see health as something that deserves utmost attention. During this period, the Nigerian health indices started nose-diving, groaning and suffering under bad management.

Forty years after the Alma Ata declaration, it is imperative that we scrutinize and x-ray our health system in Nigeria because 40 is a landmark age in a person’s life and in order not to be guilty of the maxim “a fool at forty”. The pertinent questions to be asked about the healthcare sector in Nigeria remain, one, “have we achieved anything in regards to the Alma Ata declaration?” Two “is there anything worth celebrating as achievement in terms of protecting and promoting the people’s health”? With a ranking that dropped from 4th in commonwealth nations to that of 187 out 190 health systems in the world, we need no prompt to recognize that Nigeria’s healthcare system is lagging behind and the reasons are not far-fetched from mismanagement, insecurity and inattention to the plight of nurses and other health workers. Health workers most especially nurses have not been receiving commensurate attention from the government and their welfare is being neglected. Aside this, I bring god tidings and wish to congratulate all nurses and midwives in Nigeria for the birth of the most populous professional association cum trade union that clocks 40 years in 2018.

Back to the themes for this year’s celebration, “Nurses a voice to lead: Health is a human right”, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) to which NANNM is an affiliate has expressed the belief that health is a human right and is at the forefront of advocating for access to health noting that nurses are the key to delivering it. All over the world, there are individuals and communities who are suffering from illness due to a lack of accessible and affordable health care. We however must also remember that the right to health applies to nurses as well! We know that improved quality and safety for patients depends on positive working environments for staff. That means the right to a safe working environment, adequate remuneration, and access to resources, and education. We must add to this the right to be heard and have a voice in decision making and policy development implementation! For nurses and midwives, Health is a Human Right means that all humans have the right to access affordable, safe and quality health care at a time when they need it most. And there are nurses and midwives working in everyday health care settings and in positions of influence and decision making that are doing this right now. Governments must continue to empower them as the form the foundation of a truly functional health system. The theme for this year’s international Day of the Midwife is “Midwives leading the way with quality care” resonates with the first of ICM’s three strategic directions viz quality, equity, and leadership. This theme is significant as it highlights the vital role that midwives play not only in ensuring women and their newborns navigate pregnancy and childbirth safely, but also receive respectful and well-resourced maternity care that can create a lifetime of good health and wellbeing beyond the childbirth continuum. The quality of a midwife’s care is of paramount importance. Midwives who are educated, trained, licensed, and regulated to ICM standards work beyond the parameters of just one situation, one setting, one community or one country: they are able to lead the way towards improved maternal and newborn health outcomes locally, nationally and globally. As nurses and midwives, we know that leading with quality care means providing evidence-based and people-centred reproductive health services and this is a privilege that will gladly bear despite the numerous challenges we face.

Central to the human right nature of health is the achievement of Universal Health Coverage which encompasses not only availability and accessibility but also affordable quality health care services. Nurses and midwives have once again been proven to be indispensable in this regards. This is evidenced by the assertion of the Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, that achieving Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) will remain a mirage if the nursing and midwifery workforce are not brought back into the midstream of health care services, policy formulation and execution. The International Council of Midwives {ICM} have noted that if adequately empowered, the training and services of midwives are enough to provide 70% needed health care services to the women of child bearing age, ante natal, natal, post-natal and childhood care. It is not only enough for healthcare services to be available, it is of paramount importance also that the services being provided are of maximum quality. This is why the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives {NANNM} is calling on the government, professionals and indeed all stakeholders to join us in the fight against quackery which is bedeviling our nation. The menace of quackery portends great danger to our health care system which is deadlier than effects of all kinds of viral hemorrhagic fever combined. This fight against quackery should not be left for the professionals alone but all stakeholders and indeed the entire society must join hands with the practitioners to combat it so that we can be rest assured that only quality health care services are obtainable in our health care system. All hands must be on deck like it was done when we fought the scourge of Ebola disease and Lassa fever. The process of health facility classification, task sharing, shifting must take notice of professional ethics, standards of practices, professional jurisdiction and safety of life.

Another danger for our health care system is the recent clamour in certain quarters for privatization of certain services in the health sector. Let me be quick to point out that the proponents of this idea are clamouring for such for certain selfish and parochial interests. The implementation of the PPP initiative in Nigeria has been maneuvered to be a means of putting the public wealth of the majority into the private pockets of the few elites. A PPP arrangement that does not ensure better accessibility, improved quality and most importantly affordability is useless. If the cost of treating malaria under a PPP arrangement is not cheaper than what is obtainable in the public hospital, then the goal of PPP has failed. NANNM joins other stakeholders to condemn such move which is targeted at further impoverishing the citizenry under the guise of providing health care services. We must take a cue from the present state of the power sector in Nigeria.

Let me quickly point out another challenge that is making the upholding the human right to health difficult, the worsening security situation in Nigeria on a daily basis. The Nigerian health care delivery system have been affected by a rise in the experience of terrorism starting form militancy in the Niger Delta, Boko Haram in north, herdsmen/farmers clash all resulting to wanton killings and destruction. The situation is being made complex by the dimension of abduction of health workers in the hospitals, community health care centres and in the communities. This has created fear, anxiety and apprehension in the mind of the health professionals resulting a drastic reduction in their optimal level of functioning. This decreases accessibility to health care facilities, professional and quality health care services thereby heightening the risk of maternal and infant morbidity and mortality among our people. Let me use this medium to sound a note of warning to militants and others in armed struggle that they should desist because their struggles are not worth the lives of innocent Nigerians and further destruction of our health system. Our political elites should also be warned about their insatiable quest for power as their personal interests should not override the public interest of access to health as a human right.

On the ongoing JOHESU strike, it is a pity that this year’s nurses’ and midwives’ day celebrations are taking place when all the federal health institutions in Nigeria have been pushed to the wall to down tool and the health workers in the state and local government settings have been constrained to join them due to the failure of the government to do the needful even after 3 weeks. Let me quickly point out that this present strike action became inevitable as a result of the government’s insensitive disposition. It is most unfortunate that while other countries are counting their gains and achievements towards attaining universal health coverage, what the federal ministry of health in Nigeria is counting are the losses occasioned by the inevitable though very much avoidable strike. No patriotic Nigerian will visit any of our health institutions and observe their states today without shedding tears for our healthcare system. NANNM has a key stakeholder aligns with the struggle which is for justice and equity and NOT equality and advise the federal government to accede to the requests of the health workers without any further delay. The government and their representatives need to learn from a simple life principle that without justice, there cannot be peace and without peace, there cannot be growth and development.

We also want to condemn in the strongest of terms the unproductive approach being employed so far by the ministry of health in handling this crisis. Rather than simply implement agreements entered into willfully with JOHESU and obey court orders, the federal ministry of health has chosen to employ draconian measures targeted at frustrating and humiliating our members into jettisoning this just struggle. Such atrocious measures include churning out obnoxious circulars, intimidating our members with law enforcement agencies and peddling half-truths and pure falsehoods to blackmail us. The latest is the withholding of the April salaries of members who have worked dutifully until the early hours of the 18th day of the month before they were compelled to down tool as a result of the insensitive attitude of the government. The illegal withholding of legitimate salary is not known to the Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria {LFN}, as only an illegal strike attract implementation of CAP 432. Besides this, all employees that have worked for more than half of a month deserve their payment as enshrined in civil service regulations. We are not unaware that some people are self-promoted to management cadre during crises but the reality is that their punishment is they were not even paid for the period of time they worked in disobedience to their professional association directives. The fact is that these people are not recognized as top management staffs and are not usually involved in policy formulation except during crises of this nature. I pity emergency managers that will be reverted to their positions after the strike. Let it be made known loud and clear to the perpetrators of these evil machinations that their strategies have failed right from the point of conception. JOHESU members, having exercised due diligence and patience in the prosecution of this struggle, are resolute and determined to see this struggle to a logical conclusion. What we demand for is justice, fairness and equity, these are ideals we strongly believe in and if need be they are ideals for which we are prepared to die. Aluta Continua!!! Victoria Ascerta!!! We must drive home the point that until the philosophy that holds one race, creed, colour and indeed profession superior and holds another inferior is finally discredited and totally abandoned, the end result is war. The apartheid in the health sector must end now.

As a corporate citizen however, the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives {NANNM} will want to advise the government to look inwards and begin to take urgent steps that will restore the glory of our health sector. The Nigerian health sector needs to retrace her steps to identify the cause of the disharmony in the sector with a view to find lasting solutions. To start with, there is need for the government to declare a state of emergency in the health sector and call for an encompassing dialogue. It should be noted that the government have set up various committees to look into the health sector but with no visible solution in sight. We hereby call on the government to fast track the implementation of the 2008 Oronsanye job evaluation committee and the 2014 Yayale Ahmed presidential committee on disharmony in the public health sector.

Finally, there is no gainsaying that nurses and midwives are crucial to the attainment of universal health coverage, sustainable development goals and overall development of their nation’s economy. According to the immediate past president of ICN, Judith Shamian, “the wealth of our nations depends on the health of our populations, and the health of our populations depends on nursing”. Countries with effective and functional healthcare systems have only learnt to treat their nurses well. It is high time the Nigerian government borrowed leaf from them. We must learn how to treat nurses right and accord them the necessary respect and treatment they deserve otherwise Nigeria will only continue to train nurses for countries that value them to enjoy. On this note, the association {NANNM} is calling on the government to hastily attend to the following demands of nurses;

Urgent gazette of the unified scheme of service with the expectation that subsequent upon that, proper placement will be done for professional nurses and midwives like their counterparts.

Mass employment of nurses:
there is now an urgent need for the recruitment of more nurses and midwives into the public service, this will reduce work burden and burnouts that have consistently become a plague to nurses and midwives due to shortage of this skilled healthcare professionals in government healthcare facilities at all levels. This chronic shortage of manpower has caused a situation where the remaining few nurses are being overworked and stretched almost beyond their elastic limit. Under the present working conditions, productivity is affected and efficient service delivery is hindered. We have also noted the toll effect of the present service conditions on the health of our members who are fast becoming victims of ill health and untimely deaths.

Employment of nurse interns:
Internship is a prerequisite for professional development, capacity building and professional competency for graduates of nursing sciences. We call on the government to ensure that all health institutions to employ nurse interns. The Association wishes to sound a note of caution to Medical Directors and Chief Medical Directors who are hiding under the guise of “replacement of interns” thereby denying nurse interns the opportunity of undergoing the internship programme as approved by the National Council on Establishment {NCE}, adopted and accepted by the National Council on Health {NCH} and upheld by the Federal Ministry of Health {FMOH}. We advise these lot to refrain from any action or inaction that will undermine the full implementation of the internship programme for nurses.

Enhancement of the entry point for graduate nurses:
we wish to point out that nurses are being disenfranchised at their entry points into the civil service when compared with other health professional. In line with the IAP award of 1981 which was affirmed by the NICN in 2012 and 2014, nursing has been designated a profession sui generis and rated to be at par with pharmacy and medical laboratory science, however, graduates of nursing science are employed on CONHESS 7 while those of of pharmacy and medical laboratory science are employed on CONHESS 9. This injustice must stop. Permit me to also use this opportunity to note the ugly experience of MDAs and parastatal agencies churning out advertisements for nurses on ridiculous entry points such as CONHESS 6 and 7. It is pathetic to observe that at this age and time, some chief executives will be ignorant of the fact that nursing training is being offered in the universities for the period of seven {7} years. This is sheer demonstration of crass ignorance and administrative incompetence. The Association strongly frowns at this and notes that such CEOs and whoever in their establishment responsible for such obnoxious advertisements are not fit to remain in their offices. We urge the government and other stakeholders to redress this anomaly as the Association will not leave any stone unturned in fighting this injustice.

Adequate remuneration and motivation of nurses:
the deprivation of our members on CONHESS 7 and 8 teaching allowances, deprivation of nurses in primary health care allowances are both contributing to demotivation of willing and dedicated nurses and midwives. Nurses on NYSC scheme are not been treated like professionals in the manner with which they are being remunerated. This also requires urgent attention as it also worsens the brain drain of nurses being experienced by the country. Dr. Mahler, former DG of W.H.O notes that the training and recruitment of health workers is not enough but motivating, and retention of health workers is paramount at attaining the health goals worldwide.

Before I conclude, let me use this moment to congratulate in advance our students who will be concluding their final qualifying examination of the nursing and midwifery council of Nigeria. I wish them the best of luck and Godspeed in their future endeavours.

In concluding this address, I wish to appreciate our partners, sponsors in particular all executives and members including the education committee of the association who worked tirelessly to ensure the success of this event.

Long Live Nigerian Nurses!!!

Long Live Nursing Profession!!!

Long Live Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!

Thank you and God bless.
* News / #JOHESUStrike2018 JOHESU Strike Threatens Ebola Response In Nigeria by katty: May 11, 2018, 05:24:07 PM
Nigerian health workers’ unions on Friday threatened to withhold help for emergency measures against Ebola because of an ongoing strike over pay and conditions.

“The strike will go on as long as the government refuses to honour the existing agreement with us,” chairman of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), Biobelemoye Joy Josiah, told AFP.

The government this week ordered screening of travellers from the Democratic Republic of Congo and neighbouring countries after a fresh outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever there.

But Josiah said: “None of our members will be involved in any Ebola screening until the government does the needful.”

JOHESU comprises pharmacists, nurses, laboratory technologists and other paramedics in the public health sector, except doctors and dentists.

They walked out on April 18 over demands for pay parity with doctors and improved welfare.

The strike has paralysed services in federal government-owned hospitals and health centres.

On Wednesday, JOHESU extended the strike by directing its affiliates in Nigeria’s 36 states to join following deadlock in talks with the government.

Nigeria does not share a border with DR Congo but memories are still fresh of an Ebola outbreak in 2014 that killed seven people out of 19 confirmed cases.

The World Health Organization at the time praised the country’s response for containing the spread of the virus, which left some 11,000 people dead in wider West Africa.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said relevant agencies, including the port health services, have been mobilised to ensure the safety of passengers and other users.

“All equipment and personnel used in combatting the virus in 2014 are still very much at the airports,” said FAAN spokeswoman Henrietta Yakubu.

“We have always had thermal scanners in our airports that monitor the temperature of passengers and capture their pictures. We still have hand sanitisers in our restrooms too.

“When passengers walk past the scanners, it registers their temperature. If yours is high, you are pulled aside for observation.”

* News / Nurses Donate Sanitary Pad, Drugs to Federal Government Girls College, Bwari by katty: May 11, 2018, 05:10:53 PM
Some nurses and midwives under the auspices of Igala Nurses and Midwives Association (INAMA) on Friday, donated sanitary pads and drugs to students of Federal Government Girls’ College, Bwari, Abuja.
Making the donation at the school, President of the association, Mrs Christie Awunor, said the gesture was a medical outreach organised by the nurses as part of activities to commemorate the International Nurses Week. Awunor said that the gift was aimed at encouraging the female students on the use of sanitary pads during their menstrual circles.

She said that about 61 per cent of young girls used dirty rags, tissue paper, ordinary paper as an alternative to pad during their menstrual period, and described such practice as unhealthy. According to her, such practice can expose them to urinary track and virginal infections and staphylococcus, among others.
Awunor, however, attributed the situation to financial constraints of some of the girls as a lot of them could not afford a sanitary pad. She stressed the need for the girls to adopt hygienic ways of handling their menstrual periods to avoid infections, which if not properly treated when contacted, could damage the fallopian tube and affect reproductive lives.

“Part of our yearly activities is to visit schools to give health talk, promote health and also prevention campaign as well as testing services for HIV, Family Planning, maternal and child health, among others. “The visit is aimed at educating them on menstrual hygiene and importance of sanitary pad as well as advocate for the school management to prioritise giving the children pad once monthly like they serve them lunch and dinner.
“Also, we educate them on drug abuse and its health implications, sex education to prevent them from illicit sex, falling prey to perpetrators of child abuse, molestation and other societal ills,” Awunor said. Awunor said that sexual abuse was a recurring trend across nooks and crannies of the country, and lamented that young girls, including infants, were being abused by their fathers, uncles and neighbours.
She said that the trend had continued because the children were ignorant of how to guide against such advances. The president advised the students to report to their mothers and teachers when their fathers or anybody made love advances toward them either by touching them on the breast and other vital parts. She identified some tricks normally used by the perpetrators to include offering to buy biscuit and some other valuables, which they felt the children could not afford.
“What we hear everyday are issues of rape and girls being molested even in communities, at home and we discovered that a lot of the girls cannot speak out because they are threatened.

“This is why we decided to channel this enlightenment to especially girls’ schools so that they can learn and report any misconduct to them,” she said. The association donated 500 packs of sanitary pads and drugs, which included Flagyl, Paracetamol, Boscupan, anti-Malaria for the school’s dispensary to ensure availability and easy access to such drugs when a child had challenge.
Receiving the items, Head Girl of the school, Miss Fatima Ibrahim, commended the association for gesture and said that it was a right step in the right direction.
Similarly, Mr Andrew Husseini, Vice Principal, Special Duties of the school, expressed gratitude of the management to the nurses, noting that the girls were ignorant of their sexualities and morality because of their ages.
Husseini said that the students were being given proper orientation, especially on sex education. “We do a lot of guidance and counselling, but this is even more practical as they are listening to the voices of professional nurses and midwives, which is an addendum to our own activities to reorient them toward their sexualities.
“It will help them a great deal and at the end the girls will be highly enlightened and know much better how to live their lives as young girls aiming at the future,” he said. On his part, Mrs Helen Wada, Founder of INAMA and the Head Nurse of the school, said that the Health Talk had helped to increase the knowledge of the students on personal hygiene.
Wada commended the association for the gesture, adding that she was honoured by the choice of FGGC, Bwari, by the association as beneficiary of its goodwill.
Vanguard News
* News / #Nursesweek MSF- Celebrating International Nurses Day by katty: May 11, 2018, 10:34:25 AM
“Being a nurse brings out the humanity in you”. These are the words of Philomena Obiefuna, a Nigerian nurse caring for malnourished children in the country’s conflict-ridden Borno state.

On International Nurses Day, (May 12th) MSF celebrates the work, dedication and passion of its 8,843 nurses saving lives around the world.

“Being a nurse brings out the humanity in you”. These are the words of Philomena Obiefuna, a Nigerian nurse caring for malnourished children in the country’s conflict-ridden Borno state. A sense of our shared humanity is something Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) tries to bring to every community it helps. Each day, our nurses make that possible.

From cholera outbreaks to extreme violence, from providing basic care in deprived and remote communities to helping those forced to flee their homes, it would be hard to find a medical activity where MSF’s nurses are not involved.

From cholera outbreaks to extreme violence, from providing basic care in deprived and remote communities to helping those forced to flee their homes, it would be hard to find a medical activity where MSF’s nurses are not involved.
It would be almost impossible to find any project where nurses are not on the frontline, delivering life-saving care to patients; every hour of every day.

Whether they scrub-in as nurse anaesthetists in an operating theatre, vaccinate thousands of children in one day, manage a hospital ward, travel hundreds of kilometres to help install a mobile clinic in an isolated community or triage people rescued from a sinking boat, MSF’s nurses are usually the first face a patient sees when in MSF’s care. Their expertise, talent and skills play a critical role in the treatment of our patients.

Despite MSF’s name, everyone who works for us knows that none of our activities – spread out over more than 70 countries – could carry on without the daily commitment, passion and skills of MSF’s 8,843 active nurses. One in five MSF employees is a nurse and an overwhelming majority (close to 90%) are local staff hired in the country where they work, providing care to their own communities.

Anyone who has spent time as a patient in a hospital will say that most of their daily interactions were with nurses. This is as true in the most deprived areas of South Sudan as it is in a private clinic in New York. MSF operations are no exception: whatever the needs of patients are, our nurses are there to care for them.

Anyone who has spent time as a patient in a hospital will say that most of their daily interactions were with nurses. This is as true in the most deprived areas of South Sudan as it is in a private clinic in New York. MSF operations are no exception: whatever the needs of patients are, our nurses are there to care for them. 
In MSF, nursing care means a patient-centred approach, where the way we treat and support a patient is adapted to suit their situation.

There is also the technical side of caring. Nurses do many clinical acts, including resuscitating patients, monitoring vital signs, cleaning and dressing wounds, administering pills and injections, inserting intravenous lines, providing vaccinations, and much more.

Despite working is some very difficult environments, MSF insists that care delivered should be evidence-based and of the highest possible quality. All the medical acts nurses perform can only be life-saving if they are performed well, at the right time and with the right equipment. In MSF, the expectation of high quality nursing care is supported by a number of guidelines, protocols and standard procedures to help them. But beyond these procedures, the expertise, talent and skills of nurses play a critical role in the treatment of patients.

“The skills of nurses often make the difference between life and death” explains Dr Sebastian Spencer, MSF’s Medical Director. “I will never forget that nurse in Central African Republic who taught me how to perform an intraosseous blood transfusion, basically how to inject blood directly into the marrow of the bone. We saved a child that Day in Paoua, but what I learnt from that nurse allowed me to save more lives and even to teach that technique to others. There’s a lot doctors can learn from nurses.”
Our nurses make a huge difference by helping patients to perform actions that they cannot easily do on their own. These include seemingly basic tasks like breathing normally, eating and drinking, eliminating body wastes, sleeping or resting, and maintaining body temperature within normal range. These all contribute to the patient’s recovery and to them regaining their autonomy as soon as possible.

Nurses are the ears that listen to patients’ stories, their fears and hopes. They are the shoulders to cry on when family members lose a loved one to injury or disease. They are counsellors when patients lose faith in their recovery. They are the desperately needed smile in a stressful situation. They simply care for people.

MSF would not be able to continue without nurses. If our doctors have no borders, our nurse definitely have no limits. The extraordinary work done by these professionals sometimes does not get the recognition it deserves, but anyone who has witnessed their daily commitment and passion can testify to the difference they make. Yet for MSF nurses, like so many nurses around the world, the best reward is probably the sometimes subtle one they get from their patients.

In the words of Michael Shek, a British nurse who has worked in both South Sudan and Syria, “In a lot of the places where MSF works, people literally have nothing, and being there and being able to alleviate their suffering, and seeing the smiles on their faces when they leave your facility is on one of the most joyful things you could ever see.”
Source : Hippocratic oath
* News / First To Die in Congo's Latest Ebola outbreak is a Registered Nurse by katty: May 11, 2018, 07:51:08 AM
The Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak has killed a nurse, according to the Health Ministry.

Officials declared the outbreak in the country's northwest on Tuesday after lab tests confirmed the deadly virus in two cases from the town of Bikoro in the Equateur province.

The nurse died overnight at a hospital in nearby Ikoko Impenge, where four new suspected cases of Ebola have been reported, Health Minister Oly Ilunga said at a news conference. Seven people with a hemorrhagic fever, including two confirmed cases of Ebola, lay in hospital late Thursday, he added.

The patients could have links to a police officer in Bikoro who died after exhibiting symptoms of hemorrhagic fever in December, National Institute of Biological and Bacterial Research  director Jean Jacques Muyembe said. The officer's mother and 10 others then showed similar symptoms. Muyembe said officials would likely contain the outbreak.

Seventeen people have died from hemorrhagic fever in recent weeks, Ilunga said, and doctors are treating three more nurses for the symptoms. Officials must test nine patients for Ebola, just one virus responsible for such symptoms. Doctors have traveled to Bikoro to trace contacts, identify the epicenter and all affected villages, and provide resources.

A long history

Counting the current one, Congo has experienced nine outbreaks since researchers identified Ebola there in 1976. The country approved the use of an experimental vaccine during a flare-up almost exactly a year ago.

Without preventive measures, the virus can also spread quickly via bodily fluids from person to person and even to animals such as bats and monkeys. Ebola, which has no specific treatment, can prove fatal in up to 90 percent of cases.

None of the Ebola outbreaks in Congo have connections to the epidemic that began in 2013 and had left more than 28,600 people dead — almost all of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — before it was declared over in 2016. However, an outbreak did leave 49 people dead in the Central African country that year.

On Thursday, Nigeria's immigration service announced that it had increased screening tests at airports and other entry points as a precautionary measure. Officials in Guinea and Gambia also said they had heightened screening measures along their borders to prevent the spread. Such efforts had helped to contain the virus during the West Africa epidemic.
Source : Deutsche News
* News / UNFPA, Saraki Advocate Better Working Condition For Nurses by katty: May 11, 2018, 07:40:59 AM
In order to reduce maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria, the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) and the wife of the Senate President, Toyin Saraki, have advocated improved working conditions for midwives in the Nigeria.

According to them, this would ensure that the prevalence rate of maternal and child mortality was reduced in the country.

They said this at a conference organised by the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, (NANNM) to commemorate the 2018 World Midwives Day in Abuja.

Speaking at the event, the UNFPA country representative, Dr. Diene Keita, said there were too many deaths among Nigeria women during childbirth, stating that there was need to provide enabling environment for midwives so that they can better serve the needs of expectant mothers and their families.

She said, “Today, we celebrate the heroic lifesaving work midwives do each day. There are far too many deaths among women trying to give birth in Nigeria. According to statistics, about 111 women die each day.

“Against that backdrop, we are advocating for radical policy framework on working conditions to ensure effective deployment and retention of well trained midwives in communities.

On her part, Saraki, who is the Global Ambassador for Midwifery Services, stated that the midwives can lead the way in quality care provision in the health sector especially at the grassroots, if they are given better working conditions.

According to her, “I wish we could go back to the time when we recruited, trained and equipped about 4,000 midwives before drafting them to rural areas. That move alone caused the rate of maternal and infant deaths to drop by 40 percent.”

“We must also highlight the women-sensitive care midwives provide in families towards preventing maternal and child deaths as well as disabilities by empowering mothers to make healthy and right choices which is key to the achievement of the SDGs by 2030,” she added.

Keita added, “To make this happen, I reiterate that we need to maintain highest global standards and promote enabling environment for midwives to serve the needs of women and their families.

Mrs Saraki added, “I believe that with the recruitment of more midwives, better training and improved working condition for them, we can go along way in reducing deaths among women during childbirth”.

Earlier, Comrade Abdulrafiu Adeniji, lamented the recent upward surge in the rate of maternal and child deaths in the country, blaming it on the ongoing strike by hospital workers.

He, therefore, called on the federal government to do the needful towards ensuring that the industrial action by Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU) is called off.
Source : Independent Newspaper
* News / Nigerian Nurses, Midwives Call For Salary Harmonisation by katty: May 11, 2018, 07:34:36 AM
The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has called for the harmonisation of salaries and better remuneration of nurses and midwives in the country to prevent migration of professionals.

Mrs Margaret Akinsola, Vice National Chairman NANNM-Midwives who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said that the harmonisation would ensure nurses and midwives in the rural areas at par with their counterparts in the state and federal payroll.

Akinsola was speaking at an occasion to commemorate the International Day of Midwife (IDM) on Wednesday in Abuja.

NAN reports that the day is commemorated on May 5 annually and has its 2018 theme as “Midwives: Leading the way to quality care”.

She pointed out that if those at the rural areas were remunerated accordingly with their counterparts at the federal and state levels, large number of professionals would prefer to work in the rural areas.

Akinsola also stressed the need to harmonise the salary of nurses and midwives across all tiers of government to prevent migration of professionals from rural areas to city centres.

She frowned at the disparity in remuneration between Federal, State and Local government staff, describing it as a contributing factor to the inadequacy of manpower at rural areas as well as the burden of maternal and newborn mortality rate in the country.

Akinsola, who decried the high mortality rate, explained that there was need to address the salient issues with regard to remuneration, lack of social amenities among others in the rural communities.

According to her, addressing these issues will ensure midwives and midwifery practice in the country achieve optimum result in reducing maternal and infant mortality.

“There should be harmonised remuneration irrespective of where you work; this will prevent migration from rural areas to urban areas.

“We want a salary structure where if you are in the Federal, state and local governments, you earn the same.

“We want a flat rate this will prevent migration from local areas to urban cities,” she said.

Akinsola noted that this year’s theme was geared toward highlighting the vital role midwives played in ensuring women and their newborns navigate pregnancy and childbirth safely.

“The dedication of midwives to women is renowned; they provide appropriate education, counseling and antenatal care for the woman and her baby.

“As midwives, we know that leading with quality care means providing evidence-based and people-centred reproductive health services,” Akinsola said.

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