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* News / Olamide’s Wonma Video Sparks Conversations Against the Sexualization of Nurses by katty: August 04, 2020, 10:44:57 PM
For the sake of clarity, artists and creatives are entitled to bringing their full creativity to light. That said, freedom of expression should not be equal to asinine innuendos and problematic imagery. For as long as time, music has always had an influence on public conditioning. Music artists in recent times have also been considered as culture curators and trendsetters. With their influence, it is only appropriate that they use their voice to promote things that everyone can be proud of. However, half the time, the reverse is not usually the case.

Olamide released his 9th studio project 999 in February, reinforcing his title as the king of the streets. However, the artist is facing backlash over the release of the music video of Wonma, a raunchy spectacle that feeds into the hypersexualisation of nurses.

The video has riled up people, especially nurses who shared that the profession already suffers a certain stereotype associated to it as it concerns sexual fantasies and fetishes.

Wonma itself holds a derogatory meaning, as it talks about how women can’t be faithful to one man. Olamide, in this song argues that no matter what a man does to please and keep a woman, she would end up sleeping with another man. Shot by Clarence Peters, the video further expressed what the lyrics of the song resonate with.

The explicit nature of the video is not really many have raised concerns about, since it’s labelled 18+ which indicates for adults-only. Nigerians are also berating the rapper for the lack of creativity that accompanied the video, and importantly the sexualization of the nursing profession.

In another way, popular comedian Lasisi Elenu in his recent skit also came under fire for stereotyping nurses as lower than doctors, an age-old belief that has pervaded societal thinking. Popular media like Hollywood and the adult entertainment industry at large have entrenched these sexual imagery of nurses, flattening the profession to outlets for male-centered gratification.

While a few people have debated that the video doesn’t mean much, others have expressed their disappointment in Olamide, urging him to release an apology.

* News / Kenyan Nurse Dies of COVID-19 Complications a Week After Giving Birth by katty: August 03, 2020, 10:26:20 AM
Marian Awuor Adumbo, a nurse working at the Rachuonyo sub-county Hospital in Homa Bay, has died from COVID-19 complications at a Kisii health facility were she was admitted.

According to the National Association of Kenya (NNAK), Ms. Awuor was previously admitted at the Homa Bay County Hospital with flu-like symptoms in pregnancy where she tested positive for the coronavirus.

She reportedly later developed breathing complications and was transferred to the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital where a series of tests were done with the initial ones also coming out positive.

However, NNAK said, the final test results which came out on Thursday last week returned negative for COVID-19.

Ms. Awuor also gave birth to a baby boy while under high dependency care including oxygen augmentation.

The medical care worker’s condition is however said to have worsened on Sunday at 4pm when she passed on from COVID-19 complications, leaving behind the week-old baby.

The nurses association has since advised colleagues to observe a minute of silence with flamed candles on Monday at 12pm in honour of the deceased.

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* News / Charter Airlines Defy Flight Ban, Fly Rich Nigerians Abroad by katty: August 02, 2020, 09:27:16 PM
charge passengers $4,000-$8,000 per seat to UK, others

° Only evacuation, essential service flights approved –FG

Some charter airlines have begun offering services to members of the public despite a ban on international flights by the Federal Government due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sunday PUNCH has learnt.

It was also learnt that some commercial flights that were contracted by foreign missions to evacuate stranded citizens from Nigeria were also being used to convey passengers at an extra fee.

According to multiple Ministry of Aviation and airline sources, several Nigerians and foreigners have been travelling in and out of the country via the private charter and evacuation flights.

A top source at the Ministry of Aviation told Sunday PUNCH that the process of seeking approval from the ministry had become very easy and porous hence the current development.

While passengers with very deep pockets patronise charter airlines, others without the means join evacuation flights that have been commercialised.

“If you have a valid American residence/passport or British visa and the right money, I get you on a flight by Sunday morning,” a source in the ministry boasted.

When asked to explain, he stated, “If you own a private jet, all you need to do is write a letter to the minister indicating that you need to travel for medical reasons. And you would be given approval almost immediately. Once you are given the approval, you can add people to the flight under the guise that they are your personal staff or family members.

“These people who are supposed family members or personal aides are actually passengers who could pay you between $4,000 and $8,000 and sometimes $14, 000 depending on your destination and the kind of aeroplane you are flying.”

The official explained that nobody really investigates who is being conveyed on the plane.

He recalled what happened in the case of Musician, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, who travelled with several others from Lagos to Abuja to attend a concert during the ban on local flights.

The official added, “If you recall the case of Naira Marley, Executive Jet Services which flew him had received approval from the ministry under the guise that it was flying an Appeal Court Judge, Justice Adefope Okogie, from Lagos to Abuja.

“The names of Naira Marley and nine others were on the list but different names were given to the control tower by the captain and everything went smoothly and they would have got away with it if not for the controversy generated by the concert. That is how things have been going on in the aviation sector lately.”

On the evacuation flights, the official further explained that some officials of foreign missions were colluding with some international commercial airlines to fly Nigerians in and out of the country.

He explained that when some flights come for evacuation, they also take some Nigerian citizens at a different and more expensive fee.

The official stated, “Most times, when they want to evacuate foreign nationals, the ambassador of the foreign country would write to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the approval is usually automatic, based on international law.

“Once they get the approval, a letter is sent to the Ministry of Aviation which gives the final approval. These approvals are given automatically. Once the planes arrive, they evacuate their citizens along with Nigerians who have valid visas. Don’t you find it strange that more evacuations are going on now than during the lockdown itself?

“Have you asked yourself why during this ban on flights, several artistes and VIPs have been travelling to give birth abroad?

“I know several international airlines that have been doing this. The two biggest culprits are based in Western Europe. They come on a regular basis under the pretext that they want to evacuate and then move Nigerians along with them.”

A former chief executive officer of a local airline said many people he knew had been travelling in and out of the country in the past few months through the so-called evacuation flights.

The source said, “I have a friend that has travelled three times to the United States of America in the past four months. He just left Lagos last night again on one of the European airlines which have been running evacuation flights. He has American permanent residence too. So it is easy for him to join the evacuation flights.”

He added, “It is common knowledge. Why do you have more evacuation flights these days when the lockdown is over? Some of the foreign airlines have commercialised it, even though those approvals come from their foreign missions.”

Easy approvals for VIPs

A report by Sahara Reporters a few weeks ago showed that even during the lockdown, several VIPs and government functionaries took their families abroad.

For instance, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, moved his wife and two children to the UK on a chartered flight.

According to the manifest published by the media organisation, the jet owned by Executive Jet Services – which was later suspended for conveying Naira Marley – flew Emefiele’s wife, Mrs Margaret; and his sons – Godwin Pammichukwu Jnr. and Andrew Olisehike Emefiele on flight N104DA from Lagos to the UK on June 1, 2020. The pilot was identified as Captain Kolawole King.

Seyi Tinubu, the son of a former Governor of Lagos State, also travelled on a private jet – a Bombardier Express 7000 with registration number VP-CBT –on June 7, 2020 from Lagos to Stansted Airport, London, to witness the birth of his son, Tobias. The plane was flown by Captain Giannetakis Michail.

Popular actress, Omotola Jolade-Ekeinde, on July 19 posted a video on Instagram of how her husband, who is a pilot, flew home their children from abroad.

She wrote, “Thank you lord. My babies are home. When all fails and your dad has to fly a PJ (private jet) to come get you himself. Captain Matthew Ekeinde, na man you be. This is to appreciate you for being such a superhero. Thank you lord for journey mercies.”

Booking a flight

One of our correspondents who posed as a businessman, reached out to a travel service firm, Etam Avitat Services Limited, on the availability of flights to the UK.

He was immediately informed that a flight would be available for 2.45pm on Saturday at a cost of $4, 500 and subsequently sent a Guaranty Trust Bank account number.

Our correspondent was informed that a negative COVID-19 test result would suffice but it was not compulsory.

Some other travel agencies organising such flights include April Travels Limited and  which offers economy, premium economy and business class services.

Two travel agencies, Global Links and Services Limited and FlyBoku, confirmed to one of our correspondents on Friday that they were conducting evacuation (commercial) flights to London and South Africa respectively in separate inquiries.

An official of the Global Links and Services Limited told one of our correspondents on Friday that the Lagos to London flight was scheduled for August 2 and it was a charter flight with economy and business classes.

She said, “On Lagos to London for Monday, let me make some inquiries and get back to you. There are some things we are trying to sort out tonight (Friday). There is economy fare at N550,000 for adults, N499,000 for children and business class for N1.1m. Just put that at the back of your mind. Let me get back to you because of this Sallah, we will need to sort out some things quickly. One thing that is sure is that we will still go.

“If we don’t go on Sunday, we will go during the week by next week (this week). If you don’t hear from me on Friday, you will hear from me tomorrow (Saturday). Almost everything has been put in place. It is just because of the public holiday but let me just get back to you.

“For Lagos to London flight, you will not need the COVID-19 result but why we are asking for it is for the safety of the rest of the passengers.”

Meanwhile, the official at FlyBoku, said, “The one we did (on July 31) was from Johannesburg to Lagos. For now, we don’t have Lagos to Johannesburg.”

On the Fly Boku flyer obtained by our correspondent, the fare charged for South Africa to Lagos was $1,250.
* News / Kenyan Nurses Union Issues Strike Notice due to Unpaid Salaries by katty: August 02, 2020, 11:51:21 AM
The Kenya National Union of Nurses wants the Senators to reach a consensus in a bid to unlock what it termed as budget hitches in counties that have seen nurses endure untold hardships brought about by unpaid salaries.

Addressing the press at the union’s offices Sunday morning, KNUN Secretary-General Seth Panyako warned that if his members’ dues are not paid by next week, the union will be forced to mobilize all nurses to paralyze activities in responsible state institutions.

Following Senate’s decision to reject the amendment on the 3rd Basis Revenue Allocation Sharing Formula by majority whip Irungu Kang’ata, it is likely counties will share revenue on basis of previous formula which aimed at minimizing development gap.

This, however, will happen if they adopt the amendment on the Finance Committee’s Report sponsored by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja seeking to retain the status quo until county revenue share increases.

But as counties await the Senate’s decision, proponents of the one man one shilling formula are working on a comeback as well punitive measures against those believed to have betrayed their cause.

The Senators who voted against the Bill include Kakamega’s Cleophas Malala whose county was to get an additional Ksh 1 billion, Nairobi’s Johnson Sakaja whose county was to get an additional Ksh 1.2 billion, and Kipchumba Murkomen of Elgeyo Marakwet.

Other senators who rejected additional monies include Kajiado’s Senator Philip Mpayie, Lamu’s Anwar Loitiptip and Kisii’s Prof Sam Ongeri.

25 Senators in total voted against the amendment while 22 Senators voted in support of the same.

The House will now reconvene on 4th of August to continue with debate on Sakaja’s amendment on the report of the Finance Committee.

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* News / 48 per cent of Newly Landed Ghanaian Nurses in Barbados are Men by katty: August 02, 2020, 11:45:37 AM
The Ghanaian nurses who have arrived in Barbados are initially on a two-year contract, according to Nursing Officer Lorraine Atopley.

Speaking on behalf of the contingent from Ghana, she said:

"Thank you very much for welcoming us and greetings from President Nana Akufo-Addo and all the human resources personnel from the Ministry of Health [in Ghana], greetings from them."

Of the 95 nurses, it is almost a 50-50 split with 49 women and 46 men signing on to assist with healthcare locally.

Atopley said that the team of nurses hopes to have "good interactions" with the patients "for the next two or more years". She then added, "or more," to laughter and cheers from her colleagues and Barbados' Minister of Health Lt Col Jeffrey Bostic, Minister of Tourism Senator Lisa Cummins and other officials from both their ministries.

"We promise to work hard to deliver good service to everyone and be at peace with everyone," Atopley said.

Meanwhile, Bostic told the media: "These nurses will be working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as well as the primary healthcare sector, that is the Geriatric Hospitals and polyclinics."

He said that they have arrived at a very opportune time with the global COVID-19 pandemic unfolding.

"But that is not the only thing that we have to deal with as a Ministry of Health," he added. "We have the remainder of the healthcare sector to take care of even though we are fighting this battle and your presence here today and certainly when you start to work in a couple weeks' time would enhance our capacity to deliver the quality of healthcare services that we have been doing for years, and that we will continue to do."

He continued: "...even though we have to divert some of our efforts to fighting COVID, we are now in a better position to deal with the remainder of the healthcare system in Barbados. And we are very happy for you."

Asked about COVID-19 pre-testing, Atopley said: "We had the testing done for us, so we know we are all safe, but coming here we are going to continue testing just to be safe. . . We are going to be safe while we are here."

The cohort of nurses from Ghana stems from relations between Ghana and Barbados that was established in mid-June 2019 when Ghana's President Nano Akufo-Addo visited the island. On June 14, when he landed at the Grantley Adams International Airport he received a 21-gun salute and was met by Prime Minister Mia Mottley and a welcoming party of government officials.

* News / Nine Nurses From Ghana Who Arrived Barbados Test Positive for Coronavirus by katty: August 02, 2020, 11:39:37 AM
Twelve people, including nine of the nurses who recently arrived in Barbados from Ghana, have tested positive for COVID-19 after tests conducted on Friday by the Best Dos-Santos Public health Laboratory.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George made the announcement during a live media conference on CBC TV yesterday

George said the laboratory conducted 248 tests on Friday and the remainder were negative.

In addition to the nine nurses – 95 arrived in Barbados on Thursday – there is one Barbadian woman who returned on July 29 and not June 29 as announced by George, a male visitor who arrived on July 30 and a Barbadian man who arrived from the United Kingdom with a negative test, but was positive when he was tested again to travel.

“We are still investigating the circumstances of the last case. This will require extensive contact tracing, which the population is so aware that the public health teams do on a daily basis.”

He said monitoring and surveillance would be increased at designated facilities.

George said all of them were showing no symptoms and “are likely to be in the recovery phase”, with only one person’s indicators pointing to being in the acute phase.

He said everyone who tested positive was immediately placed in isolation at Harrison’s Point.

George said all of the nurses went into 14-day quarantine, as was reported in the Weekend Nation.

The Ghanaian nurses arrived in Barbados on Thursday, July 30, 2020 through a chartered flight, Azores Airlines on a special programme between the two governments.

They are made up of 49 women and 46 men, who have signed on to assist with healthcare in the Caribbean country.

They were met by the Minister of Health and Wellness Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, newly-installed Minister of Tourism and International Transport Senator Lisa Cummins and Executive Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland, with salutes and elbow bumps.

The Health Minister said while their arrival was a long time in coming, he was glad they had finally landed.

“These nurses will be working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as well as the primary healthcare sector, that is the Geriatric Hospitals and polyclinics,” he said.

* News / Student Nurse Of Korle Bu NMTC Introduces Innovative Waste Management System by katty: August 01, 2020, 08:25:10 AM
A level 200 student nurse of Nursing and Midwifery Training College, Korle Bu called Adzraku Courage who is passionate about waste management introduced a waste segregation and recycling project in his school to help reduce and create value for plastic waste.

He and his environmental committee brought on board a recycling company Known as Coliba Ghana which partner's with Total Oil, Voltic Ghana, and GRIPE Ghana to help provide segregation bags for collection and recovery of plastic bottles from the premises of the school,

This has led to the export of about 500kg to 600kg of plastic bottles from the school premises which would have ended up in the land field polluting the environment,

In addition, revenue is been generated anytime plastic bottles are picked up from the school premises of which is a channel into developmental projects.

This waste segregation and recycling initiative has cultivated the habit of creating value for plastic waste in the school, resulted in a clean and conducive environment promoting academic excellence and good waste practices in the Korle Bu NMTC.

* News / 95 Ghanaian Nurses Arrive Barbados To Ease Shortage of Nurses by katty: August 01, 2020, 08:14:56 AM
After months of planning, the fruits of labour came to fruition when the contingent of ninety-five Ghanaian nurses arrived at the Grantley Adams International Airport yesterday.

Landing at approximately 5:57 pm yesterday evening, aboard Azores Airlines, the nurses celebrated their arrival by waving the national flag of the Republic of Ghana before being greeted by Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic and Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Senator Lisa Cummins. The nurses are here to help alleviate the nurse shortage in Barbados under a two- year contract.

Minister Bostic welcomed the contingent of 49 women and 46 men to Barbados, explaining that there had been many challenges and that their arrival was a momentous occasion. He highlighted that the occasion was a continuation of the initiative started by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, in reconnecting Barbados to the Republic of Ghana and Africa. The non-stop flight from Africa to Barbados was an important one, according to Bostic, as it was shorter than a flight to the United Kingdom.

“These nurses will be at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as well as the primary health care sector, the geriatric hospitals and polyclinics and they have arrived at a very opportune time because we are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and we have a saying, ‘no retreat, no surrender,’” said Bostic.

The health minister explained that though Barbados had to deal with the virus, there was still a responsibility to the remainder of the healthcare sector and it was now in a better position to provide those services

“Your presence here today and when you begin to work in a couple weeks, will enhance our capacity to deliver the quality health care services that we have been doing for years and we will continue to do so,” said Bostic.

Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Senator Lisa Cummins remarked that the first flight from the Azores Airline was part of the ongoing work being done negotiating direct air service agreements between Barbados and countries all over the world. She also stated that the arrival of the Ghanaian and Cuban nurses was part of the roll out of the domestic tourism initiative.

“They are going to be with us for some time and we are going to ensure from the Ministry of Tourism perspective, that as part of our tourism domestic product, they can have all the best that Barbados has to offer, so when they go back home they are able to share with their friends and family,” said Cummins.

Nursing Officer Lorraine Atopley, on behalf of the nurses and President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo, thanked the Ministry of Health and people of Barbados for their hospitality.

“We pray that we are going to have great communication and interaction here and a very good stay for the next two or more years. We promise to work hard to deliver good service to everyone and be at peace with everyone as we feel welcome at home,” said Atopley.

The nurses will be quarantined for the next fourteen days and after being cleared to work, will be staying at various residences across the island.

* News / Nigeria: Berthing the Dream of a World-Class Nursing School by katty: August 01, 2020, 07:11:16 AM
Young Rukaiya Shettima was a girl with great love for nursing. She was in the mode of Florence Nightingale who lived between May 12, 1820 and August 13, 1910. In her lifetime, she was an English social reformer, statistician, and recognised for being the founder of modern nursing, that came to prominence while serving as a manager and trainer of nurses during the Crimean War, in which she organised care for wounded soldiers, and through her action gave nursing a favourable reputation.

For Shettima, in order to realise her dream of becoming a nurse, she enrolled as a student of the College of Nursing and Midwifery Maiduguri in 1981, graduated from the college and took up a job with Borno State government, while praying and hoping that one day, the dream of impacting in the career of nurses would be achieved.

Over the years, she has seen many nurses and midwives trained at her Alma Mater and in fact she has been part of the training for years. The training of nurses and midwives through the years have been a painful exercise as few could be trained as there were not enough facilities and teachers to train many, thus, the College of Nursing and Midwifery Maiduguri could not be ranked among the elite nursing training school in the country.

This was a source of great pain for Shettima who while growing through the rank of the school, still hoped to chaperone the school into the rank of an elite institution.

When she was promoted to principal and afterwards the provost of the college, she was so preoccupied with making the institution the best in the North-east and among the best in the country but at the same time; she never lost sight of her vision.

Over two decades after, her dream materialised when the World Health Organisation (WHO) came into the picture and gave most of the facilities that was needed to get the needed accreditation for the school and eased its movement into the ranks of institutions allowed to train the maximum number of nurses. This puts an end to the pains of three years accreditation visits by the accreditation body.

Speaking on the latest status of the school, Shettima, who grew through the ranks from a nurse to a nurse trainer and then an administrator (provost) of a nursing school, said it is a dream come through not only for the school but "for me."

She said the college begun as School of Nursing in 1971 before it was converted to School of Midwifery, adding that it started with a total of 15 nurses, 119 student nurses, two midwife educators and six nurse educators.

She said:" I came in as a student in 1981. At the National Examinations, we used to record 100 per cent, 90 per cent and so on, until recently, when the percentage started declining due to the obsolete equipment in the college.

"In 2016, the then former governor, Kashim Shettima, deemed it necessary and upgraded the school to status of a college. So on August 29, the college came into being. Although, it was a college, our performance didn't go well because scores and percentage didn't go the way we wanted.

"Percentage at the national examinations at a time between 2014 and 2015 came even below 50. But with the intervention of some partners like WHO, Women For Health, the percentage started to increase. And since 1971 and 1972 that the school was established, it has maintained probationary accreditation, meaning that we cannot admit more than 50 students.

"So until March 2020, when we had last accreditation, we obtained full accreditation with a slot of 100 students per programme. Based on the facilities we had, they added another programme. We have programmes like basic nursing, basic midwifery and community midwifery. Although we are yet to start community nursing, it has been approved with an index place of 100 students for each of the courses. And our performance at the last national examinations rose from 50 per cent to 95 and 98 per cent."

She noted that with the coming of majorly WHO to the assistance of the college, it has enjoyed first class facilities. Recalling that during the accreditation process, the accreditation team went into the college library and was looking for books and fortunately, some of the books that were supplied by WHO were latest editions and that earned praises from them.

She said now, facilities in the school eased training of students because of the electronic equipment that were installed there.

On her experience when the school did not have full accreditation, and now that it has full accreditation, the provost said then, "we were producing students with certificates but now, with the status of the school as a college, the school has all it takes to produce students with Higher National Diploma (HND)".

She said before the coming of WHO, the school skill laboratory for nursing was dilapidated, adding that it was not worthy for training, but WHO stepped in and renovated it.

She added: "Chairs for students were completely worn out and WHO provided 385 chairs. Science laboratory was rehabilitated with gas cylinders, microscope, chemicals for testing and computers for keeping data in the laboratory were as well supplied by WHO."

Rukaiya recalled that what brought WHO into the affairs of the school was that the attention of the organisation was drawn to the dilapidated nature of some equipment of the school when they were organising trainings, and they felt a school with great potentials should be assisted to achieve its dream.

She said now the school is in the rank of elite nursing and midwifery institutions, one of the challenges it has to face is the overwhelming number of admission seekers that outnumbered the slot approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN).

She said with the full accreditation of the College of Nursing and Midwifery Maiduguri, the training of more nurses and midwives will fill the gaps created by the debilitating effect of Boko Haram insurgency on health institutions, which saw some health workers killed with many others fleeing Borno State to safer areas.

Even prior to the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno and other states of North-east, the health indices of the state and region were one of the worst in the country, with paucity of health facilities and the ever present epidemic of curable and treatable diseases.

As if this was not enough a curse, Boko Haram came in and the health sector was one of their main targets, thus, health facilities and killing of health workers in the affected states were a recurring decimal.

With the insurgency in its 11th year, the situation is evidently worse. In 2018 alone, attacks on healthcare system have become common place. A total of 13 attacks on health facilities leading to 17 deaths and 12 injuries were reported in 2018. Eight of the attacks involved health personnel, five affected supplies, four were on health facilities, and one on transport logistics.

As a result, many health workers were displaced, others killed or injured and many more fled their locations for safety. Hence few staff are left to provide healthcare services to the teeming vulnerable population in the Borno State, affected populations remain at high risk of epidemic - prone diseases like malaria, cholera, measles, meningitis, Lassa fever and yellow fever.

To address this obvious gap, it became imperative to build the capacity of the health workforce and strengthen the curriculum of existing health institutions in Borno State.

With funding support from the European Union (EU) , the World Health Organisation (WHO), equipped the College of Nursing and Midwifery Maiduguri, Borno State with laboratory equipment and classroom facilities including, electronic learning aids to enable the college improve the quality of its training which will invariably impact on the overall healthcare system for the teeming vulnerable population of Borno State.

Today, the college which has existed for 40 years without full accreditation, has obtained full accreditation from the Council of Nursing and Midwifery with the support of WHO's donation of required laboratory equipment, classroom facilities, books among others, thus making it a noble institution for training of critical health workers which has all it takes to produce world standard graduates of Nursing and Midwifery.

Across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States, health resources are available at varying degrees in various locations. Only 30 per cent of health facilities in Borno State are fully functional according to WHO health resources availability monitoring system (HeRAMS), with 45 per cent in Adamawa and 69 per cent in Yobe State.

Consequently, more than 1.7 million vulnerable women in the North-east are of reproductive age (15 to 49 years), and require reproductive healthcare and support.

With the accreditation of the College of Nursing and Midwifery Maiduguri by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, all hope is not lost on production of health workforce to tackle the health challenges bedeviling the Boko Haram ravaged Borno State and other states of North-east.

WHO has with the intervention at the College of Nursing and Midwifery Maiduguri not only assisted in making Shettima's dream come to reality but the dream of a world-class institution for the state and entire region bedeviled by the Boko Haram scourge.

* News / General Nursing Council of Zambia To Create Online Register for Nurses by katty: July 30, 2020, 06:46:35 AM
General Nursing Council of Zambia is finalising preparations to ensure the take off of online register for all nurses with active licence in the country.  The Council today released a press statement calling on all nurses to ensure they renew their license before 14th of August, 2020 as only those with active license will have their names published. Below is the message published today on the the Facebook page.


This notice serves to inform all nurse and midwifery practioners that the verification exercise of the 2020 Nursing and Midwifery practioners' registers that started last month (June 2020) in all the ten (10) provinces of Zambia in readness for Online publication to members of the general public is extended to end on Friday 14th August 2020.

Thereafter, only nurses and midwives with valid 2020 practicing licences will appear on the registers to be published in accordance with the provisions of the Nurses and Midwives Act No. 31 of 1997.

Consequently, any nurse or midwife found practicing as a nurse educationist, clinical nurse or midwifery practitioner, manager and leader, researcher or specialist in any field without a valid 2020 practicing licence will be held accountable by the General Nursing Council of Zambia (GNCZ) in accordance with the law.

In the same vein, any training institution or facility that engages services of a nurse and/or midwife without a valid 2020 practicing licence shall also be held accountable.

Therefore, all nursing and midwifery practitioners working for government, private sector, local and international Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs) as well as Faith-based Organisations (FBOs) and parastatals are advised to verify their professional credentials recorded in the interim 2020 GNCZ Registers currently in circulation at all Provincial and District Health Offices of Zambia.

In an event of an error or omission from the said Registers, the affected practitioners must immediately inform GNCZ in writing to the Registrar & CEO on and copy to
Thank you in advance for your continued support and cooperation.
Issued by;
Thom D. Yungana
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