MAHE signs MoU to start unique training centre for nurses

Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) and International Skills Development Corporation (ISDC, UK) and University of the West of Scotland have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at MAHE here on Wednesday to set up a state-of-the-art graduate training center in Manipal.

It is a unique training center that the Manipal College of Nursing has ventured for the first time in India.

The MoU was signed in the presence of Dr. Poornima Baliga, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Health Sciences, MAHE, Dr. Anice George, Dean MCON, Dr. Elsa Sanatombi Devi, professor
Head, Medical-Surgical Nursing department. Dr. Claire Chalmers, Assistant Dean, School of Health and Life Sciences, University of the West of Scotland and Mr. Joel Cutinho, Head Project, ISDC were present.

This MoU will enable Indian nursing graduates to be better equipped to clear certifying exams for UK and Scotland and can be globally employed. It is a unique training center that the Manipal College of Nursing has ventured for the first time in India. (ANI-BusinessWireIndia)

Violence Against Medical Doctors: Doctors in India Are Now Taking Courses On Self Defense

Training will comprise two sessions: physical training (70%) and classroom learning (30%).


This initiative has been taken by Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA)
FORDA is preparing healthcare professionals to fight the menace of violence against doctors
There have been cases of mob attacks on doctors

DR Birendra Kumar is a pediatrician who used to work at Delhi government’s Sanjay Gandhi Hospital, but now, he runs his own private clinic in Bihar. An attack by a violent group of relatives of patients depressed him to the extent that that he planned to leave the city.

“It was May 29, 2017 and I was posted at casualty of Sanjay Gandhi Hospital. A child in critical condition, gasping for breath was brought to the emergency. We tried to manage him, but patient’s condition was so serious that he could not survive. As soon as we informed his family members about the demise of the patient, about 20-25 people came in, held us hostage, and attacked us. My hand got fractured. That day itself I decided to return to my home town.”

Dr Kumar is not the only one, the list is endless. Therefore, in order to save themselves from such mob attacks at work place, doctors across the country will now be given self defense training. This initiative has been taken by Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA), a body which works for the welfare of doctors in India.

According to FORDA, doctors who face such violence often go into depression, develop insomnia, post traumatic stress, fear and anxiety.

FORDA is preparing healthcare professionals to fight the menace of violence against doctors in the country.

The project will start from Delhi’s RML hospital. “Team FORDA is starting Sashakt Chikitsak initiative to train doctors how to rescue themselves when there is a mob attack. But this does not mean that doctors will also attack on patients’ relatives. FORDA has collaborated with a private agency to train healthcare professionals. As of now, we are working on the first module. Workshops will be conducted nationwide. It will comprise of two sessions: physical training (70%) and class room learning (30%). We have written to the Resident Doctors’ Association of all the hospitals to take part. Later we would include paramedical staff, nurses, technicians into the training programme,” Dr Sumedh Sandanshiv, President, FORDA told Mail Today.

Meanwhile, Dr Rizul Saini, head of RDA at Sanjay Gandhi Hospital said that after that major incident of attack on doctors, the hospital administration has tried to strengthen the security system.

Woman Who Had Uterine Transplant from a Dead Donor Gives Birth

Brazilian doctors are reporting the world’s first baby born to a woman with a uterus transplanted from a deceased donor.
Key points:

The mother became pregnant about seven months after the transplant
After the birth, doctors removed the transplanted uterus
Uterus transplants are expected to help doctors better understand lingering mysteries about pregnancies

Eleven previous births have used a transplanted womb but from a living donor, usually a relative or friend.

The baby girl was delivered last December by a woman born without a uterus because of a rare syndrome.

The woman — a 32-year-old psychologist — was initially apprehensive about the transplant, said Dr Dani Ejzenberg, the transplant team’s lead doctor at the University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine.

“This was the most important thing in her life,” he said.

“Now she comes in to show us the baby and she is so happy.”

The woman became pregnant through in vitro fertilisation seven months after the transplant.

The donor was a 45-year-old woman who had three children and died of a stroke.

The recipient, who was not identified, gave birth by caesarean section.

Doctors also removed the womb, partly so the woman would no longer have to take anti-rejection medicines.

Nearly a year later, mother and baby are both healthy.

Ten earlier attempts using deceased donors in the Czech Republic, Turkey and the US have failed.
Five doctors wearing scrubs and hairnets chat in the busy corridor of a hospital.
Photo: Dr Wellington Andraus (left) and Dr Dani Ejzenberg (second left), confer with colleagues. (AP/Supplied: Dr Wellington Andraus)

Two more transplants are planned as part of the Brazilian study.

Details of the first case were published on Tuesday in the medical journal Lancet.
Uterus was preserved in ice for nearly eight hours

Uterus transplantation was pioneered by Swedish doctor Mats Brannstrom, who has delivered eight children from women who received wombs from family members or friends.

Two babies have been born at Baylor University Medical Centre in Texas and one in Serbia, also from transplants from living donors.

In 2016, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic transplanted a uterus from a deceased donor, but it failed after an infection developed.

“The Brazilian group has proven that using deceased donors is a viable option,” said the clinic’s Dr Tommaso Falcone, who was involved in the Ohio case.

“It may give us a bigger supply of organs than we thought were possible.”

The Cleveland program is continuing to use deceased donors.

Dr Falcone said the fact that the transplant was successful after the uterus was preserved in ice for nearly eight hours demonstrated how resilient the uterus is.

Doctors try minimise the time an organ is without blood flow.

Other experts said the knowledge gained from such procedures might also solve some lingering mysteries about pregnancies.

“There are still lots of things we don’t understand about pregnancies, like how embryos implant,” said Dr Cesar Diaz, who co-authored an accompanying commentary in the journal.

“These transplants will help us understand implantation and every stage of pregnancy.”


In Congo, More Women than Men Infected with Ebola

The Democratic Republic of Congo is experiencing its worst-ever outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease.

More than 420 Ebola cases have been reported in eastern Congo. Just under 60 percent of those infected have died from the disease.

FILE – A health worker sprays disinfectant on his colleague after working at an Ebola treatment centre in Beni, Eastern Congo.

This is the country’s tenth known Ebola epidemic, but this one is unusual because more than 60 percent of patients are female.

Among them is Baby Benedicte. She has been alive for only one month, and her short life has already been unimaginably difficult.

She weighs 2.9 kilograms. And she is alone. Her mother had Ebola, and died giving birth to her.

Baby Benedicte has spent the past three weeks of her life in a plastic isolation container without direct human contact. She developed a higher than normal body temperature at eight days old and was moved to a hospital in the town of Beni.

Tests show that Ebola has infected more than 400 people in Beni since the beginning of August. That makes this the second-worst Ebola outbreak in history, after the disease killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa between 2013 and 2016.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the poorest nations in the world. It struggles with civil and political insecurity as well as corruption. This is the 10th outbreak of Ebola to strike the country since 1976, when Ebola was first identified.

Guido Cornale is with UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund. He says the size of this outbreak is clear.

“It has become the worst outbreak in Congo, this is not a mystery,” he said.

What is mysterious, however, is why more than 60 percent of cases are women, says government health official Ndjoloko Tambwe Bathe.

“This epidemic is feminized…it’s true that the female cases are more numerous than the male cases,” he said.

Bathe would not predict when the outbreak might end, but international health officials have said it may last another six months. Experts are still studying why this epidemic effects mostly women and children, Cornale said.

“So now we can only guess. And one of the guesses is that woman are the caretakers of sick people at home. So if a family member got sick, who is taking care of him or her? Normally, a woman,” he said.

Or a nurse. Many of those affected are health workers. Nurse Guilaine Mulindwa Masika spent 16 days in care after a patient gave the virus to her. She says it was the fight of her life.

“The pain was constant,” she said.

For the sick, the road to recovery is long and lonely. Masika and others who were infected cannot return to work until they are sure the risk of infection is gone. In the main hospital in Beni, families who have recovered live together in a large white shelter. They are kept four meters from human contact.

A nurse covered in protective clothes cares for Baby Benedicte. Her future is unclear. Medical workers are not sure where her father is, or if he is going to come for her.

She sleeps most of the day as the deaths around her continue.

Source: VOA

Regina General Hospital parking concerns aired by nurses and neighbours at community meeting

Workers at Regina’s General Hospital and people who live in the area gathered on Monday night to discuss the highly contentious issue of parking.

Ward 4 councillor Lori Bresciani hosted the community meeting at Living Hope Alliance church.

Although the hospital isn’t in her ward, Bresciani said she’s heard complaints from doctors, nurses and hospital visitors all over the city.

One possible solution is two-hour parking meters in the area, which is being recommended in the city’s 2019 budget. Bresciani said the city wants to implement an app so users could pay by credit card and extend their payment from anywhere, within the two-hour time limit.

The city hopes the meters will keep people moving, but many people at the meeting said that wouldn’t work, because nurses are usually there for eight or 12 hours anyway.

“If they can, on a break, they go and move their car. If they can’t, they end up racking up tickets,” said Tracey Zambory, president of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses. “They worry about their safety if they have to park five to six blocks away.What we’re hearing mostly, is frustration.”

“I would be happy to pay for parking if there was a better solution,” said one nurse at the meeting.

Residents push for parkade

Some residents at the meeting said building a parkade for hospital staff and visitors would be the best solution.

“I’ll come home after a long day and all I want to do is park and go to bed, but there’s no parking made accessible to me,” said Nolan Hansinger, who lives on Toronto Street, right across from the hospital. “There’s not really much you can do about it. It sucks.”

A parkade is something that’s been discussed numerous times over the years. Due to bylaws, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) can’t purchase land for that purpose, but could build within the hospital’s current footprint.

The biggest obstacle is the cost.

“Heritage needs another parking lot like it needs a hole in the head,” said Councillor Andrew Stevens, who is in charge of Ward 3, which includes RGH. “If you had $40 million healthcare dollars, would you spend it on a parkade?”

Park-and-ride expansion considered

Dale Orban, manager of parking and safety with the SHA, said it is considering expanding the hours and locations of its park-and-ride service, which shuttles employees from two drop off spots in the city to the hospital for work. About 250 workers use the service, which is currently offered between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. on weekdays.

“It gives them the ability to not park onsite, to not have to go to their car, but that being said, we know it can’t meet the needs of everybody,” said Orban.”So we’re hoping through meetings like this we can get the information we need to make the service better for more people.”

Residents can once again have their say regarding parking at Regina General Hospital on Dec. 10 when the idea of parking meters will be discussed at city council.

Lae School of Nursing Graduates urge to Uphold Professionalism

Nurses have been urged to serve with respect and dignity and to uphold the professional image of health workers.

This is to right the negativities people throw at nurses for mistreating patients. Department of Health human resources manager Joseph Lipu told the 37 nursing graduates from the Lae School of Nursing that there has been a lot of complaints about nurses mistreating patients and that they should uphold the nursing profession to change that image.

He said nursing is a noble profession that serves and saves lives of people from conception till death and should be holistic in nature.

“It must serve a holistic person physically, mentally, socially, emotionally and spiritually because the kind of treatment you give a patient can psychologically help them in recovering, even with not drugs available,” Mr Lipu said. He said the onus is on the nurses themselves to either add value or devalue the nursing profession with the way they perform their duties to serve the people.

“I urge you to do your best when you are out in the field to serve the people with dignity and respect, learn the good habits and keep them and be committed to your job,” he said.

“It is only you who will uphold your professional image as a nursing health worker, it is you who will add value or devalue yourself and the image of the nursing profession. “When you commit and discipline yourself to serve the people who need your nursing services, you will surly understand what it means to be a nursing officer.” The 37 nurses have also been given a nursing licence in which they will now add to the growing number of nursing officers that are providing health care services in PNG.

Nurses refuse to work night shift following assault at Vaalwater clinic

Limpopo’s health MEC, Phopho Ramathuba, has welcomed the arrest of a man who allegedly assaulted a nurse at a clinic in Vaalwater after the nurse refused to act contrary to departmental policies

The man was apparently angry because the nurse refused to reissue his companion with a second birth notification form.

Cellphone video footage of the incident has gone viral and since the incident, nurses stopped working night shifts.

The MEC says the health practitioner acted in the best interests of the government and the country, as guided by the law.

“It is for this reason that the department did not hesitate to report the man to the police.”

She said the arrest should serve as a warning and deterrent to anyone who dared to commit any form of criminal activity in a health facility.

She also urged people to rather escalate their complaints whenever they were dissatisfied with the department’s complaint process mechanisms.

“If they (communities) dare assault them (health practitioners), we will have to have them arrested,” Ramathuba added.

The department is working with community stakeholders and organised labour to ensure that the clinic works for 24 hours again as soon as possible.


Irish nurses ‘will not have to apply for settled status’ after Brexit

The Nursing and Midwifery Council in Britain has apologised to Irish nurses for mistakenly indicating that they would have to apply for “settled status” to continue working there after Brexit.

In an email to all registrants from EU countries last week, the NMC said there was “a lot of uncertainty about the UK’s future relationship with the EU”, but it was important for members to know that “you will have to apply for UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after December 2020”.

EU citizens who have been living in Britain for at least five years will be eligible for “settled status” after Britain leaves the EU, entitling them to live and work in the country, and be joined by close family members.

A pilot settled status scheme was due to open this week for health and social care workers, and university staff, before being extended to all EU citizens on March 30th, 2019.

The NMC email did not mention that Irish citizens would not have to apply for settled status, as their right to live and work in the UK is protected under the Common Travel Area agreement between the UK and Ireland.

In a follow up email to Irish nurses on Monday, the NMC said: “If you’re an Irish citizen, your right of residence in the UK doesn’t rely on the UK’s membership of the EU. You will not need to apply for settled status under the scheme (but can do so if you wish). We’re sorry for the confusion.”

A spokesman for the Home Office confirmed to The Irish Times that Irish citizens living in the UK do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. “Their rights in the UK (including to live and work here) are protected after the UK leaves the EU under the UK-Ireland Common Travel Area arrangements,” the spokesman said.

“Thanks to these arrangements, citizens of the UK and Ireland have a special status in each other’s state, which predates our EU membership and reflects the close and historic ties between our countries.”

Irish citizens may choose to apply for settled status, for example if their spouse or another family member is not Irish or British, but it will not be necessary for them to have settled status in order to “sponsor” other applications, he added.

The Irish in Britain organisation, which raised the NMC email with the Home Office after being contacted by concerned Irish nurses last week, said the incident was indicative of the confusion among employers and other organisations about the legal status of Irish citizens in the context of Brexit.

“We are keen also to stress our solidarity with all of those affected by changes in their legal status, wherever they are from,” Irish in Britain communications officer Judith Orr added.


General Nursing Council of Zambia Extension of Re – Registration

NOTICE is hereby given that the deadline for the re-registration exercise for post-basic qualified Nurses and Midwives (RN/RM, RN/ROTN and RN/RMHN) that started on 1st November 2018 has been extended to end on 28th February 2019.
However, the deadline for the renewal of the 2019 nursing and midwifery practicing licences that started on 1st August 2018 is not extended, instead remains the same 31st December 2018.
In the same vein, the Council (GNCZ) wishes to congratulate all the eligible nurses and midwives who have already re-registered their post basic qualifications and renewed their 2019 professional practicing licences.
Fo those who have not yet re-registered and/or renewed their 2019 practicing licences, are encouraged to do so now in order to avoid the last minute panic, financial stress associated with payment of children’s school fees and the congestion that has started building up at GNCZ offices (since the online registration and licence renewal services are not yet available).
Further information on this matter including bank details can be obtained from your local workplace management since circulars (memos) are already sent to all provinces.
Thank you.
Issued by:
Thom D. Yungana

DOH – Calabarzon to train more Midwives

The Department of Health (DOH)- Calabarzon said that it will provide essential training to all midwives in the region to upgrade their knowledge and skills.

“Midwives before were regarded only as skilled birth attendants assisting in the delivery of pregnant women at home, now, they have evolved and become more involved in the delivery of primary health care in the community providing health care to every individual from birth up to the seniors,” said Regional Director Eduardo Janairo.

Janairo said that midwifery scholarship grants will be provided to those who want to become midwives with priority to residents of the region.

“This is one way of solving the lack of health human resource in areas in need of midwives because after graduating and passing the board, they will be serving in their own respective municipalities,” said Janairo.

Data from the regional office showed that there are currently 254 midwives in Calabarzon.

“We will be repositioning our midwives, especially those working in the hospitals to serve only as midwives and not as nursing assistants anymore, because they are also capable and knowledgeable to provide health care,” said Janairo.

“Delivering babies, providing antenatal and postnatal advice, care and support to women, their babies, their partners and families should be their only focus and concern,” added the health official.
Source : Manila Bulletin