Esther Bacon Nursing, Midwifery School Showing Positive Results

The successful graduation of 61 nurses and midwives of the Esther Bacon School of Nursing and Midwifery (EBSNM) in Zorzor, Lofa County has shown the significant progress the school is making.

 

The graduates, who obtained diplomas recently after three years hard study, comprised the ninth graduating class. The event was held at the Curran Lutheran Church Hospital Compound in Zorzor city.

 

Twelve persons graduated as Registered Nurse (12), 39 as Registered Midwifery and 10 Certified Midwifery to Registered Midwifery.

 

Willimai Geninyan, Director of the EBSNM, lauded the support of the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) and Human Resources for Health (HRH) Project.

 

MCSP HRH is a USAID funded project providing support to the EBSNM with its focus on supporting Faculty Development Program, which is intended to strengthen performance of teachers and preceptors; the Leadership Management Development Program, technical updates particularly the Perinatal and EmONC training using the Low Dose High Frequency (LDHF) approach, and upgrading of the Simulation Lab and Library.

 

Other interventions by MCSP HRH include establishing a fully equipped computer lab with full Internet coverage and the provision of a vehicle to transport students to clinical sites to ensure critical supervision.

 

MCSP works alongside the Government of Liberia and partners to strengthen health services. MCSP/HRH is working to improve health workforce readiness, with a focus on reinforcing entry-level Registered Midwives and Medical Laboratory Technicians’ Pre-Service Education.

 

The Esther Bacon School of Nursing and Midwifery is one of the six Pre-Service Training Institutions supported by MCSP as part of global effort to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes funded by USAID. It is a primary support to the MOH National Health Workforce Program for increasing the quality and quantity of human resources for health.

 

The graduates were presented to the Chief of Medical Staff at the Curran Lutheran Hospital in Lofa County and they were further presented to the County Health Team and the Ministry of Health.

 

During the presentation of the graduates, Geninyan added that the out-going students were prepared because “the teachers and preceptors in the school were now trained and using effective methodology in teaching and student assessment”.

 

She added that staff at the facility are now confident and are providing current best practice services in Respectful Maternity Care (RMC). The nursing and midwifery school is now able to save lives and increase hospital and clinic utilization, which is teaching students to provide quality services.

 

Said Madam Geninyan: “The students are not only competent but confident in carrying out maternal and newborn procedures and managing patients through practicing at the Simulation Center in the school and Preceptor Corners in the hospital. There is no doubt about their preparedness as this has been verified by health facilities and CHTs where the students went for affiliation”.

 

The college now has an updated curriculum and other learning materials including current editions of textbooks and access to a state of the art computer lab, and the leadership of the school is now able to use data for making decisions and are mobilized and managing resources effectively, Willimai said.

 

The EBSNM Director declared that the administration plans to make EBSNM a full-fresh degree level Institution; adding, “To make our institution learning friendly, we have embarked on the construction of a multi-purpose complex, which is currently at foundation level”, she concluded.

 

The Chief of Party of the MCSP HRH Project then emphasized that there’s “still a long way to go”.

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Ghana Nursing Council Inducts 5,000 Newly Qualified Nurses and Midwives in Accra

Over 5,000 nurses, nurse assistants and midwives who sat for the Nursing Examination, passed and qualified in 2017, were on Monday inducted into the nursing profession by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (N&MC) of Ghana.

The inductees, represented newly qualified health professionals from the Southern zone ‘A’ comprised of the cluster of schools from the Volta, Eastern and the Greater Accra Regions.

They formed the first batch of the over 22,000 inductees to be inducted by the N&MC this November from all over the country.

The Reverend Veronica Mina Darko, Chairperson of the 14th Governing Board of the N&MC led the induction ceremony by taking the inductees through the “Nurses’ Pledge” and the “Midwives Prayer”.

Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Minister of Health congratulated the inductees for successfully completing their nursing and midwifery programmes.

He advised them to be guided by their oath and pledge in the “increasingly difficult, ethical, life and death decisions you will make throughout your professional lives”.

He said the government was working together with the stakeholders to improve Ghana’s health systems by ensuring that the right number of adequately trained healthcare workers were in the right places.

He said the government was also ready to provide the needed support framework and infrastructural development to help the professionals to leverage on and work to impact on the lives of the citizens.

Mr Agyeman-Manu announced that under the Digital Ghana Agenda, and with support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana, had become the first in West Africa to conduct online licensing examination for nursing and midwifery candidates.

“The process, I must admit is more efficient, effective and credible. After examination, I was informed that the release of results would be done in 20 working days instead of the 70 days for written exams.

“But to my surprise, the results were released within 10 working days and the good news is that those who were successful have registered for postings for the National Service whilst their colleagues who did the written will be expecting their results in December this year.

“This is a clear demonstration of how efficient and beneficial the system is to nursing and midwifery education, practice and regulation in the country”.

The Minister called for the training of more preventive and specialised nurses that could reach out to people in the hard to reach areas of the country with specialised health care services.

He used the occasion to congratulate Ms Sophia Safia Sulamana, a midwife at the Kunkwa district in the Northern Region, who was also part of the inductees, for delivering a pregnant woman of a baby boy at 0300 hours while on board an Accra-Bolgatanga bus on Sunday, September 23, 2018.

Ms Sulemana, was said to have had improvised polythene bags as gloves to receive the baby, got a blade from a passenger to cut the umbilical cord of the baby and pulled out a string from a sack to tie the cord.

The Health Minister who was full of praise for Ms Sulemana said: “had it not been for her intervention, the story would have been different”.

He later presented a motorbike, a hospital kit and a citation of honour, on behalf of the Ghana Health Service and the N&MC to Ms Sulemana for her timely intervention in the situation.

Professor Lydia Aziato, Acting Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Ghana, advised the newly inducted professionals to live by their core values of professionalism in providing quality care to all persons.

“You should use your head, heart and hands in delivering quality health care to people”, she added.

GNA

Israeli Company Creates HIV Drug that Kills 90% Virus in human Within 4 Weeks

A new HIV drug created by Israeli researchers has passed its first human clinical trial.

At end of the trial, it was discovered that the drug, named Gammora, created by Zion Medical, an Israeli biotech company was capable of wiping out 99 per cent of HIV infected cells in the human body.

According to a statement released by the company and available on PR Newswire, Gammora was able to eliminate up to 90 per cent of the virus during the first four weeks of the trial.

Zion Medical developed the drug Gammora in collaboration with the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Sirion Biotech in Germany.

The drug is designed to attack and kill the HIV-infected cells in the human body without causing damage to the healthy cells.

In the study, researchers randomly assigned nine participating patients from the Ronald Bata Memorial Hospital in Uganda to receive different doses of Gammora between four to five weeks in July and August of this year.

While the new HIV drug is still in its first stage of exploration, the results have already offered hope that a cure for the dreaded virus is possible.

“Most patients showed a significant reduction of the viral load of up to 90 per cent from the baseline during the first four weeks,” said Dr. Esmira Naftalim, Zion Medical’s head of development.
Source: Punch Newspaper

Ghana Nursing and Midwifery Council Honours Nurse for Delivering Baby on a Bus

The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana, has honoured Ms. Sophia Safia Sulemana, a midwife at the Kunkwa Health Centre in the Mamprugu Moaduri District of the Northern Region, who delivered a pregnant woman of a baby while on board an Accra-Bolgatanga bus.

Ms. Sulemana who was part of the new inductees of the N&MC that were inducted into the health profession on Monday in Accra, was said to have delivered the pregnant woman of a baby boy at 3:00 am while on board the bus on Sunday, September 23, 2018.

She was said to have used improvised polythene bags as gloves to receive the baby, got a blade from a passenger to cut the umbilical cord of the baby, and pulled out a string from a sack to tie the cord.

“The news of her professional display got to our attention through social media. Upon further enquiries, we established the veracity of the story and invited her to our head office in Accra to officially commend her,” the N&MC said in a release issued and copied to the GNA in Accra.

According to the release, the work of a midwife required dedication and experience and that was exactly what Ms Sulemana exhibited when she helped “the panic-stricken mum to keep calm, before catching the newborn child in her arms.”

The Council also commended the entire passengers on board the bus and the two other women who assisted Ms Sulemana to help the woman deliver the baby boy.

Narrating the incident at the induction ceremony amidst applause from those gathered, Ms. Sulemana indicated that there was pregnant woman in the bus she boarded on Saturday 22 September 2018 going to Tamale for antenatal care on that fateful Saturday.

She said half way through the journey, a passenger who was sitting next to the pregnant woman and knew that she was a midwife informed her that the pregnant woman was in pain.

“I quickly moved to where the woman was and demanded her antenatal card and realized her gestational age was almost 38 weeks. Her ultra sound report indicated that she was expected to deliver on October 1, 2018’’

She noted that, she did not want to monitor labour on the bus so she asked the driver to speed up so that they could get to a nearby health facility.

“However, after monitoring her for some time, she started shouting in pain and I immediately asked the driver to stop. At that time, we were on the Buipe-Fufulso road. The whole place was dark, bushy and very risky.”

She asked the passengers to grant her some privacy, and then spread a cloth on the floor and put the woman on it.

It was there that she realized the baby‘s head was coming out of the vaginal opening. She got assistance from two other women on board the bus.

“I quickly asked for polythene, which I used as gloves because I had none on me. After l delivered the baby, which was a bouncy baby boy, the baby cried and that was my greatest joy because when a baby is delivered and he doesn’t cry, something might have gone wrong,” Ms Suleman recounted.

The next hurdle was to separate the baby from the mother by cutting off the umbilical cord; she used a new blade to cut off the cord.

“As there was no cord clump, I needed to improvise by using a thread to tie the umbilical cord to prevent it from bleeding. I pulled off one string from a sack and tied it. I cleaned up the baby and gave him to one of the passengers to hold him while I concentrated on the mother to deliver the placenta.”

“I delivered the placenta through control cord traction, then massaged the uterus through the abdomen to help the uterus to contract and stop bleeding. I then cleaned up the mother and handed over the baby to her to be breastfeed. Immediately we were done, the bus moved to Tamale where the mother and baby were handed over to the husband and nurses from the West Hospital in Tamale to be given proper medical care.”

Mr. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Health Minister who was full of praise for Ms Sulemana said: “had it not been her intervention the story might have been different”

He later presented a motorbike, a hospital kit and a citation of honour, on behalf of the Ghana Health Service and the N&MC to Ms. Sulemana for her timely intervention in the situation.

Meanwhile, over 5,000 nurses, nurse assistants and midwives who sat for the Nursing Examination, passed and qualified in 2017, were inducted into the nursing profession.

The inductees represented newly qualified health professionals from the Southern zone ‘A’ comprising the cluster of schools from the Volta, Eastern and the Greater Accra Regions.

They form the first batch of the over 22,000 inductees to be inducted by the N&MC this November from all over the country.

Source: GNA

Ogun Governor Amosun Orders Immediate Employment of 30 Doctors, 100 Nurses

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has ordered immediate employment of 30 medical doctors and 100 nurses into the state civil service within the next two weeks.

He gave the directive during the Treasury Board Meeting in preparation for the 2019 budget held on Tuesday in Abeokuta.

Amosun said the employment would provide a temporary succour for the shortfall in the health sector before the 2019 budget is passed which would allow more employments in the sector.

He added that an additional provision of at least 100 medical doctors and 300 nurses would be made in the 2019 budget.

Amosun said the employment would add more to the wage bill of the state which the state is struggling to pay, adding that he would comply with whatever minimum wage agreed upon by the government-NLC negotiating team.

Earlier, the state commissioner for Health, Babatunde Ipaye had demanded inclusion of employment of no fewer than 100 medical doctors into the 2019 budget which will complement the existing 142 in the service.

He explained that Abeokuta city currently has 22 medical doctors with 122 nurses attending to an average of 12,000 patients on monthly basis while Ijebu Ode has 17 medical doctors to attend to average of 8,000 patients.

According to Ipaye, only seven medical doctors operate in each of Ota and Ilaro with average of 2,500 patients adding that no fewer than 40 to 50 doctors would be required to immediately address the shortfall.

Source : Daily Trust

Kenya Nurses threaten strike over Health Amendment Bill 2018

The National Nurses Association of Kenya is protesting the Health Amendment Bill 2018 that is now before parliament claiming it failed to capture its views.

The association is now threatening a nurses strike in one month to push for inclusion of their views in the bill as well as four slots in the Nursing Council of Kenya as the custodians of the profession.

Just a week after Kenya National Union of Nurses, called off Nurses strike at Kenyatta National Hospital, after reaching a compromise with the Ministry of Health, National Nurses Association of Kenya is threatening another nationwide nurses strike over the Health Amendment bill 2018 currently before parliament.

The association claims it has been shortchanged in the bill and denied its rightful position in the board of the nursing council of Kenya yet it is a major stakeholder in the profession.

The association wants nurses to superintend over all apparatus pertaining to their work at medical facilities.

It claims the bill falls short of public participation a tenet in the constitution and should be declared null and void.

It wants a clear legal framework to govern the profession and weed out those masquerading as nurses to protect the integrity of the profession.

Source : KBC

Kenya Nurses disown Mugo wa Wairimu, term him ‘fake’ and dangerous

The nurses union has distanced itself from quack doctor Mugo wa Wairimu who for the second time was exposed operating an illegal clinic in Kayole.

Addressing journalists at KNH, Kenya national union of nurses secretary general Seth Panyako said Wairimu does not appear in their register.

“We want to say as nurses very categorically and strongly that the person is not a nurse,” Panyako said on Tuesday.

“We disassociate ourselves from that incident and that fellow,” he added.

James Mugo Ndichu, alias Doctor Mugo wa Wairimu, returned to the headlines three years after he was charged for allegedly sedating and raping his patients at another unlicensed clinic in Githurai 44 and masquerading as a gynaecologist.

Panyako has called on the authorities to take stern action against the “fake” doctor.

“We cannot have criminals operating as medical personnel. Members of the public need to be protected from such unscrupulous people,” he said.

In an investigative piece by NTV, Wairimu is seen giving a diagnosis seemingly drunk. He then proceeds to demand Sh800 for drugs that cost only Sh40.

The fake doctor also extorts Sh23,000 from a woman whose daughter had just procured an abortion in the pretext that she was receiving treatment for a stomach upset.

Wairimu who was first arrested and charged in October 2015, has reiterated that he is a legit doctor who studied at the University of Nairobi.

He was granted a bond of Sh2 million with a surety of similar amount.

“I am back stronger, candid, daring and fearless. Like it or not but I’m back, my lessons fresh. Those who counted me out will be met with shock and disbelief,” a post on his Facebook page reads.

Wairimu was also charged on April this year for obtaining Sh100,000 by false pretences.

Detectives have been looking for him after he went missing following the expose.

Police also recovered equipment believed to be used in facilitating illegal abortions.
Source : The Star Newspaper

Nursing Council: Protesting students block Enugu Psychiatric Hospital with coffin

Protesting students of the School of Basic Psychiatry and Nursing, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, on Tuesday, barricaded the institution’s entrance with a coffin.

The nursing students were protesting the failure of the Hospital to register them for the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria examination, after they had paid requisite fees.

DAILY POST reports that the angry students caused a stir as they carried a mock coffin against the Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr. Jojo Onwukwe and the officer in charge of training in the hospital, Mr. Andrew Onowigwe.

After a procession round the hospital, they placed the coffin at the entrance gate preventing people from either going in or out of the Hospital.

President of the Students’ Union Government, Amadi Chisom accused the Hospital management of frustrating their future.

“Apart from our school fees, we paid N41,000 for this examination and we have been in discussion with Mr. Andrew, who claimed they have registered us for the examination.

“But to our chagrin, we discovered that they did not pay anything to them. As we speak, the exam has started across the country but we have been abandoned to our fate.

“We are not going to take this lightly, what we are talking about here is a year and 8 months. Some of us left their work places this period on a study leave. What are they going back with now?” She queried.

Also speaking, one of the affected nurses, Charity Eze, a staff of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, said she was in shock and confusion.

She said, “I was sent here from the UNTH and I am supposed to resume work on the 12th of this month. They are expecting me to come back with the certificate. So, what story am I going to tell them now.”

Our correspondent reports that no member of the Hospital management team addressed the protesters.

This is also as calls put across to both the CMD and Mr. Andrew were not responded to.

Source : Daily Post

Save Our Soul: Enugu Psychiatric Student Nurses Cry Out After Being “Duped”

My name is Charles Anyadiufu, I am a nurse licensed under the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, and I have been practicing since 2015.

In order to improve myself profession wise, I enrolled for an 18 months specialist course at the school of Post Basic Psychiatry and Mental Health Nursing, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu. This program would make me a specialist in Psychiatry and earn me a license to practice as a psychiatric nurse in Nigeria.


Today should mark the end of the program as I was supposed to start writing the council exams for Registered Psychiatric Nurse license.





Unfortunately, my colleagues and I were denied the opportunity of sitting for this exam. This is because of some managerial misadventures involving the school management and the hospital management. The hospital management has always been at loggerheads with the school management and has refused to release money to run the school. And this has cost me and my colleagues our license. Our colleagues in other institutions are in the exam halls of their respective schools as I type this.


This is me and my colleagues calling out to the honourable minister for health, all the authorities of the federal ministry of health and all Nursing parastatals. Also all nurses and health professionals in general, whoever can do something about this should not hesitate to do so. We gave up 18 months of our lives, made huge sacrifices, forfeited good jobs, put in a lot of effort and resources and it’s quite unfair that it should just go down the drain.

We cannot make huge sacrifices like that and someone would just discard them with a wave of the hand because of selfish and callous interests and useless politics that has absolutely nothing to do with us!

Please share this post till it gets to someone who can do something about our predicament; civil society groups, human right groups, NGOs and good Nigerians who have the capacity of changing things like this.

The future of healthcare in Nigeria is in our hands, help protect this future.

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