Nurses And Politics In Nigeria: Who And What Will Catalyze It?

Good day my esteemed professional colleagues.

My name is Smart Madu Ajaja.
I am a US-based Registered Nurse with professional and service experiences in general, Orthopedic, industrial, correctional and oncology nursing.
I am also a writer, philosopher, motivational speaker, public policy commentator and Human and environmental Rights activist with interests in socioeconomic, civil and criminal, and environmental justice.
I am humbled and honored to be in your midst.
The discourse that brought us together is quite apt, timely and compelling, and at the end of it, I am hopeful that we will get inspired to go back to the drawing board to rethink nursing and nursing practice in Nigeria.
I am not going to give a lengthy speech beyond the introduction of myself I gave you about myself. I will prefer to make this an interactive encounter so everybody would be involved.

Now let’s proceed by doing a quick self professional audit;
Do we agree that we nurses are a group of repressed professionals?
Do we also agree that there’s a fundamental problem with the nursing education curriculum that assaults our basic human rights?

Do we also agree that we should push for a review of the nursing education curriculum in Nigeria to adapt it to our peculiar environment to meet the 21st century challenges and advancements in line with global best practices?

Are nurses fully in charge of policy formulation, analysis and implementation in Nigeria for the good of nurses and the nursing profession?

Are we in agreement that there is a compelling need to clamor for change in our situation?

Now that we have identified all these, what do we do?

I posit that as long as we continue to have the slave nursing education curriculum, nurses will continue to be a population of abused and chronic emotionally traumatized people.
Nurses have suffered and will continue to suffer indignation for their failure in the past to be involved in politics unless something is done now to inspire them to raise their consciousness to act in their profession’s best interest or people who have no idea about their professional struggle will continue to jeopardize them and their profession with ridiculous policies that would continually make them subjects of subjugation in the clinical environment where they are the pivots.

The reason we are where we are is because nurses have never had the luxury of having anyone who knows about the challenges nurses face daily in the hostile clinical environment in Nigeria speaking for them and the nursing profession.

Therefore, with the above and many more indications for taking action, I have decided to become the catalyst nurses need to launch nursing in Nigeria into the 21st century, and I vow to draw more nurses into the mainstream of Nigerian politics so they can be where decisions affecting Nigeria including their profession are made.

In effect, I wish to use this medium to officially announce to you my professional colleagues and the whole of the Nigerian nursing community that I am running a race to the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the platform of the APC whose party primaries comes up on August 17, 2018.

I am therefore passionately calling upon Nigerian nurses to line behind me in tandem with other Nigerians whose messages I carry on this historic journey to make me the first Nurse-Senator in Nigeria.

I believe that we can accomplish this ambitious aspiration through hard work, faith in ourselves and the power of God, to bring to fruition, via actionable legislations, most if not everything we have discussed here tonight.

God bless the Nigerian Nurse and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Questions and Responses

1. I know you gonna be a Senator, not just for nurses but for Nigeria, and I pray that your heart desires to come through…
Before I ask my question(s), I’d love to appreciate your vision, and the courage to come into the limelight, and serves as an illumination for people to follow, more power to you sir.
You have highlighted some important points to which some I agree and to others I don’t…
Knowingly, that if you win this senatorial election, you ain’t gonna be alone, but how do you intend to work with those that have obviously very little interest about nursing matters.

Response 1.
I have the ability to rally support for what I believe in because I am a communicator. Besides, my proposed colleagues who did not know the challenges nurses face everyday will be better informed and convinced beyond doubts by a nurse than any other person. Above all, we would be all working collectively for the good of Nigeria through a variety of collaborative efforts where they will need my support to accomplish their goals that make sense to me for the overall good of Nigeria.
The job of repositioning nursing in Nigeria will be started by a nurse at the senate and as it stands, I look well positioned kickstart it.

Question 2.

How could you bridge the gap between nursing and other professions, what are the measures in place to tackle the monopoly issue we face day in, day out. Also, You said you are foreign based, and it’s not a bad idea, but are you really in tandem with the immediate nursing problem if you are not too conversant with insults brought upon us, especially those working in the ward.

Response 2.
I have the ability to rally support for what I believe in because I am a communicator. Besides, my proposed colleagues who did not know the challenges nurses face everyday will be better convinced by a nurse than any other person. Above all we would be all working collectively for the good of Nigeria through a variety of collaborative efforts.

The job of repositioning nursing in Nigeria will be started by a nurse at the senate.
I am a born bridge builder whose best attribute is bringing people together to get things done.
I have forced a federal government policy reversal that had given western Union and Moneygram an undue monopoly that forced indigenous money transfer companies out of business.

I also in 2012, inspired the traditional dethronement of a traditional ruler whose dynasty illegitimately occupied the Royal throne of my hometown of Abavo in Delta state for 21 years.

Thank you all for listening.
Smart Madu Ajaja, RN

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Doctor Slaps Nurse Several Time in Nigeria

A crisis is looming at the Awoyaya Hospital and Maternity Centre, Awoyaya, Ibeju lekki Lagos, after a medical doctor, identified as Dr Okolo Emmanuel allegedly assaulted a nurse, Adeyera Dorcas.

Her Report States:
I, Nurse Adeyera Dorcas was at my duty post on the said day alongside my other colleague and two health attendants. At about 2:00 am, there was an emergency just outside the hospital door, inside a car. I stepped out of the hospital to have a clear look at the patient who was said to have been involved in an accident and already fractured a bone in his left leg.

The patient was conscious and alert, no obvious respiratory distress but seemed to be in severe pain. I went back inside the hospital to notify the doctor on call in person of Dr. Okolo Emmanuel. I told him there’s an accident emergency outside the hospital and immediately went back to move the patient inside the hospital.

On getting there, I noticed that my colleague, Registered Nurse/ Midwife Adebiyi had already offered the patient a stretcher and the relatives were trying to get the patient on it then I noticed the patient and relatives were Hausa and the owners of the car were just helpers. Immediately they dropped the patient on the stretcher, they zoomed off.

Back inside the hospital, Dr Okolo who had been to the emergency room might have realized the patient was not there yet and as he was about leaving the emergency room, saw the patient being carried towards him. He suddenly got angry and asked why the nurse didn’t allow him to see the patient first before bringing him into the hospital.

He pointed at me, blaming me for this and then said I should get out of his sight which I did immediately, only for him to get angrier and ordered the patient to be taken out of the hospital as he was not ready to attend to him.

He came to me and told me to make sure the patient leaves the hospital berating me once more. I felt so bittered about the situation and told the patient to leave the hospital.

I left for the pharmacy with the hope that the patient’s relatives will source for means of leaving gradually only for the doctor to come in a few minutes later and dragged me into his office. I was shocked and tried to remove my hands from his hold but he was too fierce.

In his office, he told me to get down on my kneels (Kneel down) to which I declined as it was against the ethics of my profession to do that in uniform, he gave me the first hard slap and repeated his utterance, I refused and called my colleague for help.

I tried to get out of his office but he dragged me back and reached for his belt and started beating me until the security men and my colleague came and tried to hold him, he then made mention that I was rude and he’s not my age mate, I tried explaining to the security men what had happened but he didn’t allow me to speak out, he reached for the sphygmomanometer and was about hitting it on my head when the security man took it from his hand and another round of slaps on my cheeks continued, this time around, I fell on the ground he continued punching me.

My colleague who was an eye witness went on her knees and started pleading on my behalf but Dr Okolo never stopped beating me until he was satisfied.

Another Nurse working at that facility who doesn’t want her name in prints confirmed the incident, according to her, Dr Okolo is an aggressive man and can go to any length to deal with anybody whether patients or nurses.

I once had issue with him and he categorically said he was going to kill me and that nothing will happen, she said.

Another eye witness also confirmed the incident, according to her, this is not the first case of assault against Nurses in this hospital. A patient had beaten up a nurse in this hospital some months back and nothing was done by the management. The management doesn’t care about the nurses’ welfare, they treat us as second class citizens.

Immediately this issue happened, we notified the MD and his response was that he would look into the issue later as he’s not ready to sack the Dr for now, she said.

University of Ibadan 2018/2019 Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Program

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Is open to registered Nurses/midwives who possess degrees in health related areas including but not limited to Human Nutrition,Microbiology, Biochemistry, Health Education, Sociology, Psychology, Social Welfare and Guidance and Counseling from the University of Ibadan or other Universities recognized by the Senate of the University of Ibadan with a minimum of second class (Lower Division)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission to Doctoral, Academic and Professional Master Degree and Postgraduate Diploma Programmes of the University of Ibadan, Ibadan in the 2018/2019 Academic Session.

For Information on:
1. Available Programmes
2. Admission requirements
3. Guide to Admissions
4. Closing Date for applications
5. To complete application forms and procedure

Please vist the Postgraduate School website at

There will be a Test of Proficiency in English Language for all Masters and Postgraduate Diploma applicants. Candidates for M.Phil, M.Phil/Ph.D, Ph.D and M.D are Exempted.

Some departments may still schedule their candidates for interview/Subject, test.

Please check for the date of test of proficiency in English Language on the Postgraduate School Website at

Applicants will be required to print a photo card which will be submitted at the Examiniation/interview venue.

Olubunmi O. Faluyi MCIPM, MAUA

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (PGDN) Programme

Admission requirements
Five (5) ‘O’ Level Credits at ONE sitting or ‘O’ Level requirement in respect of first degree course of study (in University of Ibadan
undergraduate Admissions).

Is open to registered Nurses/midwives who possess degrees in health related areas including but not limited to Human Nutrition,
Microbiology, Biochemistry, Health Education, Sociology, Psychology, Social Welfare and Guidance and Counseling from the University of Ibadan or other Universities recognized by the Senate of the University of Ibadan with a minimum of second class (Lower Division)

Requests for application forms into higher degree programmes of the University are normally made every year. The procedure for obtaining Application Forms is available at Application forms cost N13,000 for academic programmes and N18,000 for professional programmes. Applicants for the degree of Master and Postgraduate Diploma are to pay an extra N3,000:00 for test of proficiency in English Language.

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DENOSA Decries Shortage of Nurses in South Africa

The severe shortage of nurses in South Africa is a “ticking time bomb” that requires urgent attention, said Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) in an interview with Xinhua.

Sibongiseni Delihlazo, national communication manager of Denosa, cited poor working conditions, inadequate resources and the burden of disease as contributing factors behind the shortage.

Denosa has issued a report, warning the healthcare industry is in an incredible dire state as nurses were moving abroad.

“The shortage of nurses will explode in our faces one day. For instance, one nurse in a Kimberly hospital was looking after 27 patients alone. It’s very frustrating for healthcare workers because their capacity is not resulting in the positive outcomes in terms of health for patients,” Delihlazo said.

While some believe the system was collapsing, Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi conceded that it was “very distressed” and “going through a hard time.”

“The system finds itself extremely overloaded. This has resulted in very long waiting times in most of the facilities and lowering of quality in others,” Motsoaledi said.

As a result of the worsening conditions, skilled midwives were no longer willing to remain working in maternity units.

“Very few nurses are willing to work in maternity wards. In Tembisa hospital in 2017, they advertised 24 midwifery positions, and only five people applied.

“The situation is frustrating and demoralising for nurses. Midwives are moving to other general wards. Midwifery is a serious challenge because you have babies and mothers that die in maternity wards,” Delihlazo said.

While the population was growing, institutions of higher learning were not producing enough nurses to deal with the challenge.

The closure of nursing colleges after 1994 has been blamed for the current shortage.

In his 2011 State of the Nation Address, the then President Jacob Zuma acknowledged the shortage and made an undertaking that 106 colleges would be re-opened to tackle the problem.

However, former president Zuma left office without delivering on the promise.

Responding to the issue, health department spokesperson Foster Mohale said: “the department is currently working on the ratios that will determine the required standards for the work loads of nurses and other health professionals.” – Xinhua

Namibia’s public health sector pulling out all stops to absorb unemployed nurses

Windhoek – The Namibian Government has dismissed accusations that it is favouring foreign nurses, mostly Kenyans and Zimbabweans, at their expense.

Unemployed nurses have been demanding that government terminate contracts of all non-Namibian nurses, doctors and other medical professionals and hire local graduates that have been roaming the streets since 2017.

Most of the enrolled nurses that graduated in April from the University of Namibia’s School of Nursing and Public Health and the International University of Management remain jobless. Enrolled nurses trained at the National Health Training Centre run by the Ministry of Health and Social Services are also crying foul.

Due to the financial crisis, the government has imposed a blanket freeze on the public sector recruitment to save costs, despite an acute shortage of staff at state health facilities across the country.

Last week, a group of about 100 unemployed nursing graduates met Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila to present their grievances and to plead for her intervention.

The group’s spokesperson, Junias Shilunga, a UNAM graduate, has confirmed that there are at least 210 unemployed registered nurses who graduated from local institutions but have been waiting to be employed since last year.

However, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has rubbished the perception that the government is favouring foreign nurses. She told Parliament on Tuesday that the government has not renewed any contact with foreign nurses since September 2017. She said a circular has been issued to all national and regional directors and medical superintendents and officials in charge of state hospitals and other health centres to suspend the appointment or extension of contracts of non-Namibians as well as Namibians who have reached the age of 60.

“It is a fact that currently the government does not have the sufficient number of vacant posts to accommodate all graduates due to the current financial crisis. However, certain adjustments and control measures have to be put in place in order to accommodate all graduates,” she said.

According to the Prime Minister, many foreign nurses have left the country, except for 96 Kenyan nurses, who are on a bilateral agreement signed between Namibia and Kenya, whose contracts lapse by 2020.

“The ministry does not automatically renew the contracts of foreigners. Rather, it considers instances where the health facilities want to retain certain foreign nurses due to their expertise in critical areas such as intensive care, theatre, and maternity care,” she explained.

Currently, there are about 12,900 nurses serving in the public health sector. The Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Juliet Kavetuna, has confirmed that the ministry has started the recruitment process of 320 nurses, who graduated in April 2018, while all 2017 graduates have been absorbed.

The ministry has 387 vacant posts for enrolled nurses. However, the government can only fund 151 posts at a cost of R22.9 million and would require an additional R35.8 million to fill 236 posts.

Kavetuna also revealed that 215 registered nurses have applied for employment in the public health sector but there are only 211 vacancies available, out of which 125 nurses would take R27.7 million. The ministry would need an additional R19 million to fill the remaining 86 posts.

Furthermore, she said the number of graduates is expected to increase, as an estimated 217 registered nurses are expected to graduate in September 2018.

“We are working tirelessly to ensure that we create maximum positions within our space. In fact, 99 posts were created by abolishing nearly 213 managerial and administrative posts in order to accommodate professionals such as doctors, nurses and other health professionals,” she said.

The ministry received R6.2 billion in the 2017/18 financial year. Kavetuna, therefore, urged the private health sector to come on board and absorb some of the graduates, as the government cannot be the sole employer of all graduates.
Source : The Southern Times

24 year Ugandan Wins Africa Prize For Bloodless Malaria Test

A Ugandan inventor has won a major prize for a device which tests for malaria without drawing blood.

Brian Gitta, 24, won the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for a device that detects tell-tale signs of malaria by shining a red beam of light on the patient’s finger.

The diagnosis is ready to be shared to a mobile phone in a minute.

He developed the device, called Matibabu, after blood tests failed to diagnose his own malaria.

Malaria is the leading cause of death in Uganda, but it took four blood tests to diagnose Mr Gitta with the disease, Shafik Sekitto, who is part of the Matibabu team, told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme.

“[Gitta] brought up the idea: ‘Why can’t we find a new way of using the skills we have found in computer science, of diagnosing a disease without having to prick somebody?” Mr Sekitto said.

“Matibabu is simply a game-changer,” Rebecca Enonchong, Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation judge and Cameroonian technology entrepreneur, said in a statement.

“It’s a perfect example of how engineering can unlock development – in this case by improving healthcare.”

Matibabu, which means “treatment” in Swahili, clips onto a patient’s finger and does not require a specialist to operate.

Its red beam can detect changes in the colour, shape and concentration of red blood cells – all of which are affected by malaria.

The majority of global deaths caused by malaria – usually transmitted by the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito – occur in sub-Saharan Africa.

His team hopes the device can one day be used as a way to better detect malaria across the continent.

But before that, Matibabu has to go through a number of regulators before being available in the market, Mr Sekitto told the BBC.

It is “not an easy journey because you have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the device is safe for human use”, he said.

In the meantime, the Matibabu team are currently writing an academic paper on their findings, have been approached by international researchers offering support, and are currently performing field trials on the device.

The prize, which was set up in 2014, provides support, funding, mentoring and business training to the winners, the Royal Academy of Engineering said in a statement.

Mr Gitta has also been awarded £25,000 ($33,000) in prize money from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

“The recognition will help us open up partnership opportunities – which are what we need most at the moment,” Mr Gitta said in a statement.
Source: Leadership Newspaper

Nurses Face Cyberbullying From Colleagues And Patients

Online abuse, complete with false sexual allegations, is hitting nurses as cyberbullying in the profession is dubbed the “new nursing phenomenon”.

Natalia D’Souza from Massey University’s School of Management has done a thesis into the issue, pointing out that cyberbullying from clients, patients, relatives, and students was happening on top of traditional workplace bullying.

“It is following them home – it is with them 24-7,” she said.

For her thesis, D’Souza talked to eight nurses who had experienced cyberbullying.

The small number was so she could look in-depth at each case.

Of those, three had faced it from outside their organisation – from the likes of disgruntled former patients, their relatives, or students.

“I would say it is quite prevalent [in the wider nursing community] and likely to increase as well,” D’Souza said. “Particularly from people outside the organisation.”

One nurse she spoke to faced five years of defamation, false sexual allegations, and breaches of privacy. That nurse had her addresss and phone number posted on a public blog then had strangers call her up.

The Nursing Council got in touch with the nurse after being notified of the false sexual allegations, D’Souza said

Another nurse was defamed for several months, while the third faced hostility and aggression, as well as inappropriate calls and voice messages over several years.

The online bullying, especially from outsiders, was particularly-pernicious as it was not just confined to workplaces.

Because it was on social media they had no control over who saw it, which could include family members.

Of the nurses she spoke to, just one was able to successfully resolve the matter and D’Souza said more work was needed to address it.

“Unlike with traditional bullying, across all cases, organisations lacked any existing policy or guidelines on cyberbullying, at least from target perspectives,” a report on her thesis said.

Nurses’ Organisation magazine Kai Tiaki Nursing dubbed cyber-bullying as a “new nursing phenomenon”, saying it was a growing problem in the industry.

Source: Stuff

Canadian Nurses Association Expands to Include All four Categories of Nurses

A historic vote at today’s annual meeting of the Canadian Nurses Association has expanded the national association’s membership to include all four categories of regulated nurses in Canada.

“For the first time, Canada has a national nursing association that includes all regulated nurses and represents the collective voice of the nursing profession.” says Jerry Macdonald, president of the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA). “This historic vote signals a commitment to intra-professional nursing collaboration which can more effectively respond to the evolving health system and enhance nursing care for the public.”

Nursing care is commonly provided by teams that can include registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses and registered psychiatric nurses depending on the needs of the people being served. CNA’s decision is also a response to regulatory changes taking place in several jurisdictions. British Columbia has created one regulator for all four categories of regulated nurses and the province’s new nursing association is also inclusive of all nursing designations. Nova Scotia’s regulators for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses are also moving towards one regulatory body. CNA’s original bylaws stipulated that members could only be registered nurses or nurse practitioners.

“Canadians have high expectations of nurses regardless of our specific role,” says CARNA CEO Joy Peacock. “Nurses can be a powerful force for innovation and change within our health system when we are united. We now have a national association that can speak for the whole family of nursing.”

CARNA is the regulatory college and professional association for Alberta’s more than 37,000 registered nurses including nurses in direct care, education, research and administration as well as nurse practitioners.

SOURCE College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta