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* News / Pearson Vue Begins Accepting Nigerian Cards As CBT Fees Crashes To #43,000 by Idowu Olabode: May 28, 2019, 06:51:26 PM
A petition raised to stop extortion of Nurses hoping to migrate to UK from Ghana, Nigeria and other countries has recorded a major success as Pearson Vue has started accepting debit and credit card payments directly from test candidates from Nigeria, Ghana and others.

The petition which was raised on change.org by Nursesarena.com founder went viral with over 3,000 signatures within two months of it existence. The petitioner queried why PearsonVue would accept debit card payment for NCLEX registration but would declined same card for CBT registration which gives room for extortion of Nurses by CBT test centres saddled with the responsibility of making payment on behalf of applicants.

In what appears like an answer to the relieve being sought by the petitioner, Pearson Vue introduced voucher option which can be purchased with debit cards from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon among others.

This development has crashed CBT registration fees from #65,000 to #43,000 for candidates sitting for the exam in Nigeria.

To read the petition details go to https://www.change.org/p/andrea-mary-sutcliffe-chief-executive-registrar-uk-nmc-nmc-stop-extortion-of-cbt-applicants-by-test-centres-in-nigeria-ghana

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* News / Tumor: JUTH Undertakes First Brain Surgery Using Drilling Machine by Idowu Olabode: May 27, 2019, 08:47:17 AM
The Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), at the weekend undertook its first surgery to remove brain tumor using a machine that drills the skull bone to gain access to the tumor.

“It is the first Trans-labyrinthine approach to a posterior fossa tumor. We used the C-Arm machine to drill the skull bone so as to see what is behind even while facing the front of the head.

“In the past, we had to open the brain which was always risky and led to deaths because the brain is delicate,’’ Dr Origoya Peter Binitie, the lead neurosurgeon in the operation, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Jos.

He said that the tumor had been in the woman for three years before the surgery.

“Half of her face was affected and she could not hear with the ear affected,’’ he explained, adding that the operation was a combined effort by neurosurgeons, Ear-Nose-Throats (ENT), surgeons and the Anaesthetists.

Binitie, who described tumor as an abnormal growth of tissue largely outside the brain stem, said that the new approach helps the surgeons to navigate around the head to see all sides at the same time.

“In the past, we used X-rays to ascertain the position of every part of the head; that involved moving the X-ray machine up and down to, and from, the theatre.

“That process usually takes a longer time and will not give us the position of a bone or the tissue in real time. But with the new machine, it is very quick and saves more than two hours.

“With the new device, we can easily get the picture in motion. While the X-ray is static and one must wait for results, the new device is a kind of video where one can see the picture in motion, instead of static motion.

“The new device is also more accurate, can tell you exactly where you are and saves cost because you spend less time on anaesthesia which minimise the money you pay for that particular service.

“We can also ease our job by taking the picture up, down, front, back or sideways,’’ he explained.

Binitie, first neurosurgeon in northern Nigeria, who had been in service since 1974, said that the cost of such operation was “around N300,000 in JUTH’’.

“But it costs several millions of naira in other hospitals and even more when done outside Nigeria,’’ he said.

The expert said that there were a total of 90 neurosurgeons in the country, adding that more were being trained to meet rising demands.

“JUTH is one of the few centres training neurosurgeons in Nigeria. Six are currently being trained and are at various stages of the programme,’’ he said.

Binitie commended the management of JUTH for its efforts to improve services through acquiring modern equipment like C-Arm that would ease surgery and enable the hospital break new grounds.

Speaking on the C-Arm device, Prof. Edmund Banwat, Chief Medical Director of JUTH, said that it cost N32 million, adding that more equipment were being acquired to improve service delivery and break new grounds. Banwat said that a German NGO, Christofell.Blindmission (CBM), recently donated an operating microscope to be used by the ophthalmology (eye) department.

He said that the hospital was undertaking a free eye surgery for children which would end in September, adding that children requiring glasses would equally receive them.

“Parents should take advantage of this opportunity to correct any defect in the eyes of their children,’’ he told NAN.

Banwat, however, decried the poor funding of teaching hospitals, saying that much funds were required to purchase equipment, meet infrastructure needs, as well as for training and research.

“We have several needs and want to improve services and break new grounds, but we cannot meet these needs with the budget we currently run.

“What we have is mostly an envelope system; what comes out of the appropriation is not encouraging at all.

“With more funds, we can operate optimally and provide quality service. The medical sector keeps moving and changing, with new grounds broken every day. We cannot afford to be left behind,’’ he said.
Source: Vanguard Newspaper
* News / Nigeria Launches Tertiary Hospitals' Policy, Nursing Plan by Idowu Olabode: May 27, 2019, 06:15:39 AM
Federal Government has launched two critical documents to enhance quality and standard in healthcare services in the Nigeria. The documents were Assessment Check-list for Federal Tertiary Hospitals and National Surgical, Obstetrics, Anaesthesia and Nursing Plan for Nigeria.

During the launch, in Abuja, the Minister Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole said that the two documents would improve the quality of healthcare service in the country.

He said “we shall see quality as fundamental human right, not just as a tool, not as a system, not as a process but we shall see it as a human right which every Nigerian is entitled to enjoy. If we have this in mind, I think we would change the way and manner we deliver our services”.



“Nigerians love quality, when you are offered quality care or otherwise, you know this is the real challenge to our Chief Executives. We must put things right, we must give quality care to our people, we don’t have a choice, especially now that the Secondary healthcare facilities are under performing,” Adewole noted.

The Minister called on the Chief Medical Directors and Medical Directors of Tertiary hospitals to be productive, adding that productivity comes as a result of commitment and determination by chief executives, consultants and other staff.

Prof. Adewole said that there should be reward for same hospitals with excellent performance. “People must be compensated if you want them to give their best in a way that they would not think of a second option”, Adewole advised.

In his remarks, the Director General Bureau for Public Service Reform (BPSR), Mr. Dasuki Ibrahim Arabi, pledged to partner with Federal Ministry of Health to monitor the activities of tertiary hospitals with a view of implementing health related reforms in the hospital in Nigeria.

Also speaking, the Chairman, National Tertiary Health Institutions Standard Committee (NTHISC), Prof. Abiodun Ilesanmi, said that the overall goal of the Assessment Check-list was to ensure that there was minimum standard in all tertiary hospitals.

“What is next in line now is fallow now is proper implementation of the checklist, training and re-training of medical personnel to ensure quality care and standard in all tertiary hospitals”.

He called on the medical personnel to always exhibit good conduct and attitude towards their patients. While calling on Government to increase funding to tertiary hospitals, he urged the hospitals to utilize the available resources to achieve quality and productivity.

He stressed that the check –list, if properly implemented, would reduce medical negligence by health workers.
* News / ICN and Nursing Now welcome 2020 as International Year of the Nurse and Midwife by Idowu Olabode: May 26, 2019, 07:09:36 PM
2020 will be the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, it was announced today at the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva.

For the first time in history, the nations of the world will unite in celebration of the benefits that nursing and midwifery bring to the health of the global population.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) said:

“WHO is proud to nominate 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. These two health professions are invaluable to the health of people everywhere.



‘Without nurses and midwives, we will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals or universal health coverage.

‘While WHO recognises their crucial role on a daily basis, 2020 will be dedicated to highlighting the enormous sacrifices and contributions of nurses and midwives, and to ensuring that we address the shortage of these vital professions.

‘I would like to thank the International Council of Nurses and the Nursing Now campaign for raising the status and profile of nurses and am proud to contribute to the recognition of their work.”

ICN and the Nursing Now campaign believe that 2020’s designation will reveal the benefits of having a properly trained and resourced nursing workforce in every country in the world.

ICN President Annette Kennedy said:

“The 20 million nurses around the world will be thrilled to see their profession recognised in this way. I would like to congratulate WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for his farsightedness and wisdom in seeing the benefit of highlighting the contribution of nurses to healthcare, and the WHA members for making his vision become a reality.

She said the designation of 2020 was especially welcome as it coincides with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, one of the founders of modern nursing.

“Florence Nightingale used her lamp to illuminate the places where nurses worked, and I hope the designation of 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife will provide us with a new, 20-20 vision of what nursing is in the modern era, and how nurses can light the way to universal health coverage and healthcare for all.”

Lord Nigel Crisp, co-Chair of the Nursing Now campaign said:

“The WHO has provided a unique opportunity both for countries to demonstrate how much they appreciate their nurses and midwives and to showcase what more nurses and midwives can achieve if given the support to do so.

‘Investing in nursing and midwifery will make an enormous contribution to the rapid, cost-effective and high quality scaling up of universal health care.

‘This is a once in a generation opportunity for governments to really show nurses and midwives how much they are valued, not by empty words, but by effective, decisive action to give us the human and physical resources needed to get the job done.”

Nursing Now has launched the Nightingale Challenge 2020, which calls for every employer of nurses globally to provide leadership and development training for 20 young nurses and midwives next year. The aim is to have at least 20,000 young nurses and midwives benefiting from this in 2020. The Nightingale Challenge will be launched at the ICN Congress in Singapore in June 2019.

ICN recently hosted a Pre-World Health Assembly event, organised by Nursing Now and supported by the WISH Foundation and the Sigma Nursing, to start the process of training young nurses to be leaders in and beyond their profession.
* News / RCPCH Members Vote To End Infant Formula Sponsorship by Idowu Olabode: May 25, 2019, 10:07:12 PM


At the Annual General Meeting of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health held earlier this week, members voted overwhelmingly to agree the following resolution:

“This meeting warmly welcomes Council’s decision on 13th February 2019 to decline all future funding from Formula Milk companies. We reiterate RCPCH’s enduring commitment to the World Health Organization (WHO) International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (“the Code”). We accept the WHO position that “The Code” and subsequent relevant WHA resolutions “must be considered together in the interpretation and translation into national measures”.  This includes resolution 69.9, which called upon healthcare professionals to implement a recommendation that “any donations to the health care system (including health workers and professional associations) from companies selling foods for infants and young children represent a conflict of interest and should not be allowed” and that “sponsorship of meetings of health professionals and scientific meetings by companies selling foods for infants and young children should not be allowed”. This meeting requests that RCPCH encourage all its partner and subsidiary organisations to become similarly adherent to “the Code” and subsequent resolutions.”

The leadership of the College agreed to be bound by the resolution and to request that individual members also follow its principles.
The President Professor Russell Viner stated in response to questions that the joint meeting between the RCPCH and the International Paediatric Association to be held in Glasgow next year will be free of sponsorship by manufacturers of breast milk substitutes. He has also agreed that the College will encourage other paediatric associations to follow its policy of not accepting such funding.

Members attending the AGM expressed their appreciation to the President and officers for the promulgation of the new RCPCH policy which is in line with WHO recommendations.

ISSOP (the International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health) calls on the RCPCH and all other national and international paediatric associations to support and endorse its Declaration on Conflict of Interest and Funding from the Baby Food Industry.
https://www.issop.org/2019/03/26/issop-declaration-conflict-of-interest-and-funding-from-the-baby-food-industry/
* News / Lagos Nurse Dies After Being Pushed Down By One-chance Bus Operators by Idowu Olabode: May 25, 2019, 10:04:23 PM
A Lagos nurse working with National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi and identified as Aderoju Victor Olumuyiwa, has reportedly died few days after he was pushed down from a moving vehicle by one-chance commercial bus operators..

The deceased who worked at the National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi, Lagos state before his death, boarded the vehicle while on his way to work in the early hours of Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The 33-year-old Lagos nurse who was pushed down from the vehicle by one-chance operators, died  on Thursday after a good Samaritan saw him lying unconscious around Bolade bus stop and notified the Lagos state emergency ambulance services.

Olumuyiwa who sustained a head injury, died at  Lagos State University Teaching Hospital where he was rushed to.

* News / Liberian Nursing and Midwifery Council Arrives Ghana To Understudy Ghana NMC by Idowu Olabode: May 24, 2019, 04:51:40 PM
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana welcomed a delegation from its sister body, the Liberian Nursing and Midwifery Board for a weeklong understudy programme here in Accra, in a  bid to help improve on Nursing and Midwifery services back in Liberia.

 

The visit came on the back of Ghana’s stringent regulatory systems in respect of nursing and midwifery training, education and practice which has earned international recognition.

 

Apart from similar visits by delegations from countries such as Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania and Ethiopia, the latest visit by Liberia’s four-member delegation was led by Mr. Humphrey Gibbs Loweal, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Liberia and accompanied by the Registrar of the Board, Mrs. Ceceilia Chuchu Kpangbala-Flomo, Mrs. Dedeh Helen Flomo Jones, Chairman of Item Construction and Mrs. Darboi Garmi Korkoyah, Monitoring and Evaluation Director.

 

The objective of the week long visit is to afford them an opportunity to understudy the operations of the N&MC in respect of the conduct of the online licensing examination, registration, general operations and how to deal with complaints and inquiries among others.

 

This was achieved through interaction with the Management team of Ghana’s Council during which a PowerPoint presentation on the mandate and functions of the Council, and a tour of the various units and departments at the Council’s head office.

 

The delegation also paid a courtesy call on the Netherlands High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr. Ron Strikker to commend him and his government on the support to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana to strengthen its capacity in the conduct of online licensing examination for nurses and midwives. They also discussed how best the Embassy could support them in that regard.

 

In a presentation at the Head Office of the N&MC in Accra, Mr. Humphrey Gibbs Loweal, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Liberia, explained that Liberia has had plans to improve its regulation to widen its existing nursing and midwifery regulation which was enacted in 1948.

 

“When we did some research, it was found that Ghana has one of the good regulations of nursing and midwifery training, education and practice. So it was decided that we pay a physical visit rather than reading the regulations on the website. So that was why we constituted a team to come and get the experience of Ghana”, Mr. Loweal explained.

 

He said that the team would also learn from Ghana’s challenges and was hopeful that it would not repeat them in their quest to achieve a near perfect nursing and midwifery training, education and practice for Liberia.

 

Addressing the delegation, Mr. Felix Nyante, Registrar of the N&MC, Ghana said previous collaborations by the Council and other countries and agencies across the globe coupled with its stringent regulation and the introduction of the online licensing examination and among other innovative services, have made the Council gained tremendous recognition.

 

The Registrar disclosed that the Council is in the process of ensuring that about 90% of its services, including registration, renewal of a license, continuous professional development and among others are digitized by the end of this year.

 

He added that the Council would continue to provide professional support to countries that want to strengthen their nursing and midwifery regulations. Mr. Nyante noted that the visit would help the Liberian government set up an effective regulatory framework for nursing and midwifery professionals.

 

The Liberian Board for Nursing & Midwifery (LBNM) was established in 1949 under the Nurse Practice Act of 1948. In 1952, the Board began licensing practicing nurses and midwives who were admitted to the Board as auxiliary members. In 1958 the Liberian Council of Midwives was established to assist with the implementation of the Board's functions. The Council was merged into the Liberian Board for Nursing & Midwifery in 1975.

 

Source: ISD
* News / Licensure Exams Failure in Ghana Sending Nurses into Depression by Idowu Olabode: May 24, 2019, 04:48:33 PM
Hundreds of trained community Nurses at Oda Community Nursing Training school are reportedly going through some hard emotions over a mass licensure examination flunk.

For a Nurse Assistant, Nurses and Midwives to qualify to work in Ghana, he/she must write and pass the licensing examination conducted by the Council at the end of his Course before the person becomes illegible to practice in the Country.

The Licensing Examination for the various Programes are held in February /March ,June/July, August and November/December every year.

Candidates who pass all components of the Examination are issued Professional Identification Number (PIN) or Auxiliary Identification Number (AIN) depending on the professional course pursued.

However, for the past 2 years, the Oda Community Health Nursing School has been recording high rate of failure among their students. In 2017 ,only 50% of the Students passed the Nursing and Midwifery Council licensing Examination while in 2018, the number of students who passed dropped to 48%. Many of the students have consistently failed varied papers after Re-siting for three times.

A Student who completed in 2017 but yet to pass the Licensing examination after attempting three times told Starr News, she attempted suicide but by the intervention of her parents who rushed her to the hospital.

According to her, she is depressed and feels hopeless having done her best in anticipation to pass the paper in her various attempts but to no avail.

"I feel depressed. I have sat home since 2017 having failed the general paper three times I will write for the forth time in July . We don’t know what is happening. I even attempted committing suicide."

She however said she has registered to resit the examination for the fourth time in the June/July examination period.

For other students going through similar situation, the mass failure is nationwide hence believe it is a frustrating mechanism by government and NMC to cut down the size of unemployed nurses since government is struggling to employ them.
Source: starrfm.com.gh
* News / Court Sentenced Student to 20 Years Imprisonment for Robbing a Nurse in Ghana by Idowu Olabode: May 24, 2019, 04:43:42 PM
 A 19-year-old student, who attacked and robbed a nurse of her handbag, inflicting knife wounds on her at Tikrom, near Ejisu, has been jailed 20 years by the Juaben Circuit Court.

Alex Donkor pleaded guilty and was convicted on his own plea by the Court presided over by Mr Yusif Osei Asibey.

Police Inspector Jesse Ashiagmor told the Court that the complainant was a nurse, who resides at Afrancho in Kumasi, while the convict lives at Tikrom.

She said on May 13 this year, at about 1900 hours, the complainant who had gone to Tikrom to visit her daughter was attacked at knife point by the convict.

     

She said he then took away her handbag which contained some items including mobile phones, cash and other valuables.

The Prosecution said the convict also inflicted several knife wounds on the complainant when she tried to resist the attack and bolted afterwards.

She said the complainant reported the matter to the Tikrom police where she was issued with a medical report form to attend hospital.

According to the prosecution said some members of the community who heard the screams of the complainant, gave the convict a hot chase and arrested him when they saw they saw him holding a lady’s handbag

She said those members of the public sent him to the hospital for the complainant to identify if the handbag was hers.

The prosecution said the complainant claimed ownership of the bag and identified the convict as the one who robbed her.

She said the convict was then sent back to the police station and after investigations charged.

GNA   
* News / Slovakia Nursing Association Awards Nurses and Midwives by Idowu Olabode: May 23, 2019, 06:39:26 AM
The job of a nurse and a midwife is often very demanding and undervalued. Moreover, they often face disparaging words from politicians, even though their job is important.

To give them at least some recognition, the Slovak Chamber of Nurses and Midwives (SKSaPA) grants them with a prestigious White Heart award. This year, 31 nurses and midwives received the award as a thank you for their care of patients and a human approach.



“The White Heart award is a symbol of care, knowledge and humanity,” said Iveta Lazorová, head of SKSaPA, a quoted in a press release.

The award is granted on the occasion of the International Nurses Day celebrated around the world on May 12, the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing.
Meeting with the president

The award-giving ceremony was held under the auspices of President Andrej Kiska, who also met with the laureates on May 21.

“I’ve always been meeting with nurses and midwives with humbleness,” Kiska said, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

The society often forgets about the importance of nurses taking care of patients when they are ill.

“People realise the importance of nurses only after they end up in hospitals,” the president added, as quoted by TASR.

It is important to clearly define the role of nurses and midwives in society and make the solutions to their current problems a priority, he stressed.
Who received the award?

The award was given to 17 practical nurses, two practical midwives, eight nurses managers, two nurses teachers, and one midwife teacher. One nurse received a special award for her lifetime contribution to nursing care.

Practical nurses and midwives

    Andrea Barteková
    Elena Čegiňová
    Lenka Gajdošová
    Zdenka Galambošová
    Zuzana Gavalierová
    Ružena Holecová
    Darina Húšťová
    Martina Lásková
    Elena Májska
    Alena Maťková
    Silvia Pástorová
    Marcela Prílohová
    Dagmar Richnáková
    Eva Štálniková
    Milada Uhrinová
    Klaudia Vanyová
    Viliam Záborský

Practical midwives

    Ľubica Gombalová
    Antónia Mlynarčíková

Nurses and midwives managers

    Zuzana Bukovcová
    Alena Cerovská
    Danka Halečková
    Anna Michňová
    Helena Pačanová
    Lenka Repková
    Erika Slamková
    Monika Trnovcová

Nurses and midwives teachers

    Jana Boroňová
    Andrea Botíková
    Helena Galdunová

Special award

    Terézia Lengyelová

Source: Spectator
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