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* Nursing Jobs / School Nurse Vacancy at Millies International School in Ibadan by katty: July 26, 2018, 11:38:40 AM
We are a new private International School located in Jericho, Ibadan; offering the British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum to infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers (up to age five)
Position: School Nurse
We are seeking to appoint:
* Developing emergency care plans for students with life-threatening health conditions such as severe allergies, severe asthma or diabetic students with insulin reactions.
* Liaising with other school professionals, such as food service personnel, PE  teacher and Swimming Coach
* Providing health-related education to students and staff in both individual and group settings
* Overseeing infection control measures and managing infectious diseases.
* Assessing the school environment to prevent injury and ensuring safety
* Actively participating in school safety plans that addresses school bullying and emergencies that may occur at school
* Oversees the administration of medications to students and care for ill or injured students in the school
* Serves as a liaison between the school, the home, and medical or other community resources.
Interested Applicants must have:
* Bachelor's degree in nursing, and a current Registered Nurse license
* A minimum of 1 – 3 years nursing experience and experience in community health, paediatric nursing, emergency care and/or a physician's office preferred.
* Current First Aid and CPR training
* Excellent communication skills
* Caring and Compassionate
* Attention to detail
Method of Application
Email CV and cover letter to
* News / NMCN Approves Single MCPDP Certificate for License Renewal for Retired Nurses by katty: July 26, 2018, 11:35:31 AM
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has approved a single MCPDP certificate for retired nurses who wish to renew their practicing license has learnt.

In order to benefit from this gesture, a retired nurse who wish to renew his or her practising license will have to show evidence of retirement.
* News / India : Tamil Nadu Nurses’ Salary Raised From Rs 7,700 To Rs 14,000 Per Month by katty: July 25, 2018, 08:18:22 PM
Nearly nine months after more than 3,000 contract nurses struck work demanding higher pay scale, the state on Tuesday cleared the decks to nearly double their salary from a consolidated pay of Rs 7,700 per month to a take-home salary of Rs 14,000 per month.

State health minister C Vijayabaskar said salary revision was cleared by chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami and the payment will be with effect from April 2018.

 “In addition to take-home pay, nurses will get benefits such as ESIC. They will also get a yearly hike of Rs 500,” he said. The hike will benefit more than 12,000 nurses, he said.

In 2017, more than 3,000 government nurses struck work and gathered at the office of the directorate of medical and rural health services demanding better salary, working hours and permanent employment. Services at several government hospitals were affected for nearly a week. Until 2015, the state hired nurses with a diploma in nursing from government hospitals on contract before being moved into regular government employment. In 2015, for the first time, the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Recruitment Board conducted a competitive exam to recruit nurses. The exam was open to nurses trained in private colleges and hospitals.

The state had appointed more than 11,000 nurses, mostly nursing graduates, on a contract basis through the recruitment board under the National Health Mission programme for a consolidated pay. Senior officials in the health department made a formal request for immediate pay hike, but said these nurses will be eligible for permanent employment only after two years of service.

“They will be absorbed on the basis of seniority whenever vacancy arises,” a senior official said.
Source : Times of India
* News / Uganda Public health facilities Infested With Quack Medics - Monitoring Unit by katty: July 25, 2018, 06:18:31 PM
...2 quacks who forged Nursing Certificates arrested

A big number of local government public health facilities are infested with quack health workers who find their way on the government pay roll, according to preliminary findings by the Health Monitoring Unit (HMU).

Dr Jackson Ojera Abusu, the director HMU, said this has come as a result of complacency to vet health workers especially medical doctors, nurses and laboratory personnel.

He revealed that the unit has launched a crackdown to eliminate imposters who are putting the life of unsuspecting patients at risk.

“The crackdown has started with Buikwe District [in the central region], where imposters masquerading as enrolled nurses were detained and are currently held at Kira Road Police Station. They have been on the Buikwe District pay roll since 2013,” Dr Abusu said.

He was speaking yesterday during a press conference held at the HMU offices in Kampala after the arrest of the two quack nurses who were apprehended last week in Buikwe District. This was after preliminary investigations revealed they accessed the pay roll using fraudulent academic documents.

The two nurses, Sarah Nakigozi and Justine Nzukidwa, currently detained at Kira Police station were masquerading as enrolled nurses.

“They went on to forge registration certificates from Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council. HMU has confirmed from Mulago School of Nursing and Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council (UNMC) that the above nurses are fictitious and highly fraudulent,” Dr Abusu said.

In their July 23 letter responding to HMU’s request to verify the duo’s professional documents, the Nurses’ Council confirmed that “Nakigozi Sarah and Nzukidwa Justine are not nurses or midwives duly registered or licensed with the UNMC and directly under its mandate and are not allowed to practice nursing or midwifery.”

However Dr Ekwaro Obuku, the president of the Uganda Medical Association (UMA) said the best way to get rid of quack health workers would be channeling the resources to the respective professional bodies that have the mandate to perform the role.

“It is not clear what role this body [HMU] is going to play. For us we cannot work with them because they do not exist in the laws of Uganda,” Dr Obuku in telephone interview.

Dr Abusu, however, said that HMU which was set up by President Museveni in 2009 would be working directly with districts and health facilities to verify and ventilate health workers’ transcripts in the next three months after which they will release a report.
Source : Uganda Monitor
* Nursing Jobs / NCPC Releases 2018 List of Successful Medical Team by katty: July 25, 2018, 04:15:56 PM
The Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission has released the 2018 medical team results and the list of successful applicant. A total of 102 Nurses were selected according to the information available on the commission's website.  Below is the criteria used and summary of the results

DOCTORS                  =   65

NURSES                     = 102

PHARMACISTS          =  8

MLS                            = 5

CHEWs/OTHERS        = 3     

TOTAL                        = 183

Pass mark = 45% and above
Cut off mark for Doctors = 55%
Cut off mark for Pharmacists = 50%
Cut off mark for Nurses = 45%
Cut off mark for others(CHEWs) = 40%
Two (2) DOCTORS and three (3) NURSES who passed and obtained the highest scores above their respective cut off marks from each STATE (as applicable) are selected.
One Pharmacist and one MLS who passed and obtained the highest score above their respective cut-off marks from each of the GEOPOLITICAL ZONES are selected.
Any two or more candidates who obtained the same highest score as above in a STATE are BOTH selected
Three OTHER HealthCare Professionals including CHEWs who made the cut-off mark for their cadre were selected from across the geopolitical zones.

To check the full list and your name check
* News / UK: Doctor Who was Jailed for Attacking Nurses Could be Struck off. by katty: July 25, 2018, 03:38:03 PM
A DOCTOR who battered police and hospital workers in a drunken rampage faces being struck off.

Dr Karen Clark punched a nurse in the head, kicked another and dug her nails into a third after being taken to hospital for treatment.

The 36-year-old also attacked cops and was found drunk behind the wheel of her car and was jailed last year for eight months for breaching community payback orders.

She now faces being struck off if she doesn't change her behaviour after being banned from returning to work for a year by the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service.

The hearing was told Clark, who failed to show up for the tribunal, has not been in touch with her solicitors for three months.

Marianne O'Kane, the tribunal chairwomen, said: "In the absence of any evidence that Dr Clark has expressed remorse or gained any insight into the circumstances that led to her convictions and indeed with evidence of re-offending, there remains a risk of recurrence.

"The tribunal considers that in light of the lack of new information, Dr Clark would be a risk to patients if she was permitted to practise medicine and public confidence would be undermined."

Troubled Clark  turned to theft and violence after spiralling into alcoholism and has served two prison sentences.

The medic, worked at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, wrote about her battle with the booze in a blog where she revealed how she became addicted to alcohol in her 20s.

She said: "I am Karen. I am an alcoholic and most likely an addict. My substance of choice is alcohol. It has taken me to a place that I can only describe as hell.

"I am a medical doctor (emergency medicine). I discovered alcohol when I was 15. I can only describe taking that first sip as the most amazing euphoric feeling I thought was possible.

"My alcoholism really took off in my 20's. I functioned for a long time. In the past year I have been in accidents, horribly compromising situations, I have had countless hospital detoxes."

Clark was working as a senior registrar in the emergency department at Glasgow Royal Infirmary when she started drinking

She was jailed for a total of nine months at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court in April 2015 for the attack on the four nurses and four police officers.

Clark also admitted breaking into a hair salon in Ardrossan, Ayrshire, and stealing money, a set of straighteners and hair products in February 2016.

Sheriff Iona McDonald gave her 18 months supervision with an alcohol treatment requirement and told her: "If you don't deal with the alcohol issue you'll end up dead."

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* News / South Africa : Nurses march to KZN Legislature by katty: July 25, 2018, 11:56:48 AM
KWAZULU-NATAL Nurses Forum organiser Bheki Gumbi has accused the Department of Health in KwaZulu-Natal of spending an exorbitant amount of money on outreach programs like circumcision instead of hiring nurses. Gumbi said this on Monday when nurses marched to the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature where they submitted a memorandum of demands.


•Filling of all vacant posts;

•Students nurses to be hired full time;

•Nurses to be paid extra money for doing other jobs that are not in their job description; and

•Closure of all private nursing colleges and moving nursing training to Technical and Vocational Educational and Training (Tvet) colleges to allow everyone to get a funding from National Student Financial Aid System (Nsfas).

This is the second time in two months that the nurses have submitted the memorandum to the Department of Health. The first one was submitted at Natalia in May.

Gumbi said they are tired of being ill-treated by the Minister of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, and his department.

He also accused the department of not caring about the community.

“Dhlomo is turning [the] community against nurses because the community blame us [ nurses] if they do not get help at the clinics or if they have to spend their whole day in the queues in hospitals. The community deserves to know that it is not our fault that we are short staffed. We are the ones who have to turn people away without helping them because clinics are closing,” he said.

He said they want the department [of health] to fill all vacant nursing posts. He also said that they are tired of being overworked by the department.

“Three nurses have to attend to 60 patients in a ward because we are short staffed. In attending to those patients they also need to translate languages for doctors which is not part of their job. If the department wants nurses to translate for doctors they must pay them for that because it means they are working two different jobs now.

“The department promised to hire nurses in 2007 but now they [department] want to bring back retired nurses to fill up all the vacant posts because they do not want to hire students nurses full-time. We want government students to be hired full-time and get all the benefits,” he said.

Gumbi said they are giving the department two weeks to respond to their demands.

Legislature’s chief operating officer, Zethembiso Nzuza, said they will keep an eye on the department to check if they are dealing with the issues stated in the memorandum. He said they are aware that this is not the first time that the nurses are voicing their concerns.
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* News / At Last Ghana Nursing Council Begins Online Nursing Exams September 2018 by katty: July 24, 2018, 08:30:09 PM
Ghanaian nursing students from this September will be writing their Nursing Council exam via Online. The Nursing Board has therefore released video tutorial for candidates preparing to write their exams in September 2018.

Below is the message posted on the council's page:


The Management of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana brings to the attention of all prospective Registered Mental Nursing (RMN) candidates who are scheduled to write the Online Examination in September 2018, that the Online Instructional Movie has been uploaded on the Council’s website.

Prospective Candidates will be required to go through these exercises:

Exercise 1: How to login
This is an exercise on how to login to the digital examination system

Exercise 2: How to start an exam
This is an exercise on how to access the main examination.

Exercise 3: How to answer questions
This is an exercise to practice how to answer questions

Exercise 4: How to navigate through the questions.
Show your skills to use the digital exam system
Exercise 5: How to submit an exam
This is an exercise to practice how you submit the exam when you have answered all the questions.

Our cherished candidates are kindly encouraged to visit our website to view the Online Instructional Movie. Kindly get back to us if you have any question(s) or need further information about the Online Examination.
Thank you.
* News / Why Ebola survivors are suing Sierra Leone by katty: July 24, 2018, 08:06:15 PM
The government cannot account for $14 million allocated to help survivors rebuild their lives.

November 29, 2014, should have been the best day of my life. I walked out of a sweltering, overcrowded treatment centre in Hastings, Sierra Leone, knowing that I was Ebola-free. I no longer had a death sentence hanging over me.

But the day quickly turned into a nightmare when I realised I could not return home.

Residents of my community feared the virus, and even worse, they feared me. I was a schoolteacher before contracting the virus, but once I became an "Ebola survivor", nobody wanted to hire me. The government did not offer any support to help me build my life back either.

After accepting that I won't be able to return to my old life, I decided to fight back against Ebola in every way that I can. I volunteered to help people who were facing the most harrowing experience of their lives. I held prayer groups, put on plays, and organised support groups for fellow Ebola survivors.

Today, I am the president of the Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors (SLAES), a 3,466-person organisation seeking to help thousands of people - survivors, orphans, widows and widowers - whose lives have been irreversibly affected by the deadly virus.

Our organisation recently announced its intention to join a lawsuit against the government of Sierra Leone in an international court for the mismanagement of the Ebola response and recovery effort, which led to more infections and unnecessary human suffering.

Where is the money?
On March 17, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone was over. However, the long-term effects of the virus are still lingering in our lives. Most survivors are still dealing with the medical, social and economic effects of contracting the Ebola virus.

Some survivors had miscarriages, others are living with severe joint pain. Some became deaf. Several survivors developed new symptoms in their eyes. When left untreated, the problems in the eyes can lead to severe uveitis, cataracts, and even blindness.

For example, Ebola survivor Mammy Isatu, a former petty trader, has gone completely blind because she could not afford to buy the medicine she needed to treat her eyes. I visited her three weeks ago in Mount Aureol, a neighbourhood in northern Freetown, and witnessed how her situation is getting worse by the day. Due to her condition, she is not able to work any more.

Her eldest son, who was the family's main breadwinner, died of the virus. Like many other survivors, she is living on the brink. If she doesn't receive the support she desperately needs, she may lose her life. Survivors have come together to raise money and are using their personal funds to support her as much as they can, but she still cannot afford to feed herself.

But it didn't have to be this way.

Independent audits found that under Sierra Leone's previous government, one-third of the money raised internationally to help fight the virus and support survivors, approximately $14 million, has not been accounted for. The audits also showed that the government awarded major Ebola-related contracts to businesses that have close personal ties to members of the administration - these contracts reek of corruption. Officials assured survivors they would provide free healthcare long ago, yet we are still waiting for them to deliver on their promises.

As survivors like Mammy Isatu still struggle to get the care they need, we need international donors and average Sierra Leoneans to start asking, "Where is the money?" Fourteen million dollars could have bought more hospital beds, more medicine, and more opportunities for survivors to get their old lives back.

If that money was used to help survivors, Mammy Isatu would still be able to see.

Just weeks ago, President Julius Maada Bio's transition team  recommended that he settle  our case and launch an investigation into who is responsible for mismanaging funds during the Ebola crisis. SLAES could not agree more.

Because mismanagement of the Ebola funds was criminal, we believe that President Bio must determine who stole the Ebola funds, hold any perpetrators accountable through criminal penalties, and take steps to ensure that any stolen funds are returned to the government of Sierra Leone.

We also need the government to take additional steps to strengthen internal government procedures so that Sierra Leone's government agencies are appropriately procuring contracts and spending national emergency funds. Sierra Leone should undertake a comprehensive review of what happened during and after the Ebola outbreak, using internationally recognised financial reporting standards. The findings of this review should be made public so we can all understand what happened over the last four years and take the necessary steps to fix it.

President Bio's next moves could echo around the world if he chooses to take a bold step and tackle the issue of mismanagement of funds and corruption during a national emergency. In a time of emergency such as the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, the potential for theft and waste of emergency funds is higher than ever.

We all must hold our governments to higher standards to ensure they allocate donations and funds appropriately during moments of crisis.

For me, nearly four years after beating the deadly Ebola virus, the best day of my life is still to come. I will only feel truly happy and content when I see all my fellow Ebola survivors secure much-needed recovery support. Until then, I will keep fighting.

By Yusuf Kabba
Yusuf Kabba is President of the Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors.
* News / At last DR Congo Officially Declares End to Ebola Outbreak by katty: July 24, 2018, 07:50:48 PM
DR Congo on Tuesday officially declared the end of an outbreak of Ebola, bringing the curtain down on a 10-week re-emergence of the disease which claimed 33 lives.

“After an observation period of 42 days during which no new confirmed cases have been observed, and in conformity with international health regulations, I declare today, July 24 2018, that the epidemic of Ebola virus disease in province in the Democratic Republic of Congo has come to an end,” Health Minister Oly Ilunga said in a statement.

The outbreak — the ninth in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1976 — began in the remote northwestern area of Bikoro, where the first cases were recorded on May 8.

The news triggered a wave of international concern, which heightened after cases emerged in the city of Mbandaka, a city and transport hub on the Congo River with a population of more than a million.

For many experts, that ranked among worst-case scenarios — contagious disease in an urban setting is far harder to contain than in the countryside, especially in a poor country with a fragile health system.

The same strain of the highly contagious disease struck the West African states of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2013-15, killing more than 11,300 people.

“In total, after verification, the national coordinating committee recorded 54 cases (of Ebola), comprising 33 deaths and 21 survivors,” Ilunga’s statement said. A previous toll, issued by the ministry on July 20, had said 29 people had died.

– UN support –
The UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) came under fire for bungling the response to the West African outbreak, and vowed to overhaul its rapid-response effort.

It immediately rushed support to the DRC in the form of clinical care, protective gear and emergency medical facilities and mobilised $2 million (1.71 million euros) in fast-track financing.

It also provided a vaccine called rVSV-ZEBOV which had proved to be highly effective in trials during the West African pandemic, when it was tested as the outbreak was waning.

The vaccine has yet to be licensed, and has to be kept at extremely cold temperatures, which adds to the challenge of distributing it in poor, hot countries.

However, data from the trials suggested it was safe as well as effective, and thousands of frontline health workers received the jab.

“(The) WHO moved quickly and efficiently,” said Matshidiso Moeti, the agency’s regional director for Africa, said in a statement.

“We also demonstrated the tremendous capacity of the African region. More than three-quarters of the 360 people deployed to respond came from within the region. Dozens of experts from Guinea spent weeks leading Ebola vaccination efforts here, transferring expertise which will enable the DRC to mount an effective response both within its borders and beyond.”

One of the world’s most notorious diseases, Ebola is a virus-caused haemorrhagic fever that in extreme cases causes fatal bleeding from internal organs, the mouth, eyes or ears.

It has a natural reservoir in a species of tropical African fruit bats, from which it is believed to leap to humans who kill and butcher the animals for food.

Transmission among humans then typically spreads through close contact with the blood, body fluids, secretions or organs of someone who is sick with Ebola or has recently died.

The average fatality rate is around 50 percent, varying from 25 percent to 90 percent, according to the WHO.

In the absence of a tried-and-tested arsenal of drugs to treat Ebola, health workers use time-honoured techniques of quarantining patients to control its spread.

The methods require rigorous protection of nurses, doctors and ancillary staff, who have to wear a full-body plastic gown, gloves and a facemask and are sprayed down with disinfectant after contact with patients.

The countdown to declare the latest outbreak defeated began in late June after no new confirmed cases were recorded.

Under international guidelines, 42 days have to pass, representing two incubation periods of the virus.
Source : Vanguard Newspaper
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