Husband Writes Ministry of Health in Zambia Over Transfer of His Nurse Wife

THE PERMANENT SECRETARY,

Ministry of Health,

P.O. Box 30205,

Ndeke House,

Lusaka.

16th August, 2018.

Dear Sir,

RE: MINISTRY OF HEALTH PERSONNEL TRANSFERS

It is with a very heavy heart and degree of frustration and desperation with which I am compelled to write this letter. If past and present experience with regard to the matter in subject is anything to go by, I will not expect the courtesy of an answer, or even an acknowledgement, however I would be happy just to have you read and take note of the concerns expressed.

I am based on the copperbelt and working in the mines as a process engineer.

My wife has served the Zambian Government under the Ministry of Health, Samfya District Hospital since her first appointment in July 2011, having entered as a registered nurse rising to a midwife (whose confirmation she is awaiting), so I think I can safely say I speak with some degree of knowledge in civil service matters, and in particular your ministry.

As a civil servant it is always my wife’s policy and that of other hard working colleagues that they serve the government of the day, and in so doing serve the people of Zambia to the best of their abilities. With the aforementioned, it is my considered opinion that I would be remiss in my duty if the issue of transfers was not brought to your attention.

If one has regard to the workforce in civil service over the past few years to now particularly in your Ministry, one sees glaring, obvious and hugely costly mistakes. Mistakes that can only be described as unperturbed, inhuman, unthrifty and inconsiderate with regards to the precious human resource.

Allow me to bring to your attention these lacunas in your Ministry. I know that one of the requirements for one to be transferred such a person needs to find a replacement to swap with. But how many people would voluntarily be willing to relocate from the urban to go and serve in the rural setup where there isn’t any tangible inducement? In as much as the old adage ‘’patience pays’’ might be apt, I have news for you sir, there is a limit to which patience indemnifies. Beyond that limit, it starts to pain and bleeds despair and frustration. It makes the heart spiteful. I know that this sounds mundane and perhaps a little condescending, and I am by no means making light of the issue, but someone can only be truly patient if he or she is able to see some form of light at the end of the tunnel. That however has not been our case despite many attempts of fighting for a transfer.

My wife and I are just one of the many couples who are constantly living away from each other in an effort to make ends meet. We are a couple who do not even know how it feels to stay under one roof as husband and wife. Our children are living as though they were orphans with only one parent. Our conjugal rights as a married couple and the rights of our children to enjoy interactions with both parents have unsympathetically been trampled upon by the authorities entrusted to defend them.

In as much as we would pride ourselves in being Christians of sound morals, we are also aware of how treacherous a heart can be. We cannot always be 100% confident that things will continue the way they are. My wife is only human. I am too. Any of us can give in to infidelity as this thread of love that holds us together keeps growing thinner and thinner with the passing of time and long distance.

How on earth are you expecting such a zest-drained and frustrated workforce to perform to full capacity? A workforce whose plight has been thrown into desuetude? How would you feel being incriminated as a reason for the collapse of your son’s and daughter’s marriage? Please try to put yourself in our shoes!

I am well aware of the procedures you have put in place to effect transfers. However I am very sceptical about their effectiveness and in my view they favour those with strong connections or the corrupt. I have seen people being transferred barely a year after being deployed. What criteria do they use? If my allegations sound spurious, kindly take time to check through your transfer records and confirm in all honesty how many were purely effected according to the laid down procedures. Were they all done on swapping basis, ill health related or are there those with unexplained circumstances and how many?

As this letter is intended not only to bring the above to your attention, but also to perhaps try and assist in alleviating the problem, herewith my humble thoughts on the matter. Firstly with regards to postings; why can’t your ministry introduce some deliberate provision where you give a specific period of service to those in the rural areas after which those who have served especially the married ones can be allowed to move and join their spouses? Let the newly appointed occupy the vacancies created in those areas. It is my deep conviction that the said steps will help build strong marriages, cut down on divorce cases, reduce on STI transmissions and raise responsible children. Secondly, introduction of some special incentives will encourage people to work in rural setups. This will ease urban-rural cross transfers.

I do hope that the above gives you some punctilious food for thought, and perhaps I can expect your office and the ministry at large to take the lead in addressing these issues, which affect us all each and every day. Please help save our marriages!

Kind Regards,

Humphrey Chiswaswa (Mr)

+260-969-641-007/+260-973-560-955

humphreychiswaswa@gmail.com

Cc: Minister of Health

Professor (Nursing Science) Vacancies at Achievers University, Owo

Achievers University, Owo – The Motto of the University is Knowledge, Integrity and Leadership with a very clear vision to be the best University in Africa and indeed one of the best in the world. The mission of the University is to produce a total man, morally sound, properly educated and entrepreneurially oriented, that would be useful to himself and the society.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the academic position below:
Position: Professor
Location: Owo, Ondo
College: College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CONAS)
Discipline: Nursing Science
Qualifications and Experience
* Applicants should possess Ph.D. in respective discipline and good record of scholarly publications in reputable journals, with relevant years of post-qualification experience in teaching, research and academic administration.
Salary, Allowances and Benefits
* Salary and allowances are as obtainable in Nigerian public universities. However, salary and allowances for this position is negotiable and at enhanced levels above those presently in public universities in Nigeria.
* Successful applicants with Master’s Degrees will be given adequate support in the pursuit of their Ph.D. programmes.
Application Closing Date
7th September, 2018.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates are required to submit Ten (10) copies of their Applications and Curriculum Vitae, including Names of three Referees to:
The Registrar,
Achievers University,
P.M.B. 1030, Owo,
Ondo State.
Alternatively, candidates could send soft copies of their Applications and Curriculum Vitae to: registrar@achievers.edu.ng
Note: Applicants should request their referees to forward their reports under confidential cover directly to the above address.
For further information: Contact, +234-813-400-2221 Email: registrar@achievers.edu.ng

Lecturer II (Nursing Science) Vacancies at Achievers University, Owo

Achievers University, Owo – The Motto of the University is Knowledge, Integrity and Leadership with a very clear vision to be the best University in Africa and indeed one of the best in the world. The mission of the University is to produce a total man, morally sound, properly educated and entrepreneurially oriented, that would be useful to himself and the society.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the academic position below:
Position: Lecturer II 
Location: Owo, Ondo
College: College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CONAS)
Discipline: Nursing Science
Qualifications and Experience
* Applicants should possess Ph.D or Masters degree in respective discipline and good record of scholarly publications in reputable journals.
* They must also have adequate post-qualification experience in teaching, research and academic administration.
Salary, Allowances and Benefits
* Salary and allowances are as obtainable in Nigerian public universities. However, salary and allowances for this position is negotiable and at enhanced levels above those presently in public universities in Nigeria.
* Successful applicants with Master’s Degrees will be given adequate support in the pursuit of their Ph.D. programmes.
Application Closing Date
7th September, 2018.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates are required to submit Ten (10) copies of their Applications and Curriculum Vitae, including Names of three Referees to:
The Registrar,
Achievers University,
P.M.B. 1030, Owo,
Ondo State.
Alternatively, candidates could send soft copies of their Applications and Curriculum Vitae to: registrar@achievers.edu.ng
Note: Applicants should request their referees to forward their reports under confidential cover directly to the above address.
For further information: Contact, +234-813-400-2221 Email: registrar@achievers.edu.ng

Lecturer I (Nursing Science) Vacancies at Achievers University, Owo

Achievers University, Owo – The Motto of the University is Knowledge, Integrity and Leadership with a very clear vision to be the best University in Africa and indeed one of the best in the world. The mission of the University is to produce a total man, morally sound, properly educated and entrepreneurially oriented, that would be useful to himself and the society.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the academic position below:
Position: Lecturer I
Location: Owo, Ondo
College: College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CONAS)
Discipline: Nursing Science
Qualifications and Experience
* Applicants should possess Ph.D or Masters degree in respective discipline and good record of scholarly publications in reputable journals.
* They must also have adequate post-qualification experience in teaching, research and academic administration.
Salary, Allowances and Benefits
* Salary and allowances are as obtainable in Nigerian public universities. However, salary and allowances for this position is negotiable and at enhanced levels above those presently in public universities in Nigeria.
* Successful applicants with Master’s Degrees will be given adequate support in the pursuit of their Ph.D. programmes.
Application Closing Date
7th September, 2018.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates are required to submit Ten (10) copies of their Applications and Curriculum Vitae, including Names of three Referees to:
The Registrar,
Achievers University,
P.M.B. 1030, Owo,
Ondo State.
Alternatively, candidates could send soft copies of their Applications and Curriculum Vitae to: registrar@achievers.edu.ng
Note: Applicants should request their referees to forward their reports under confidential cover directly to the above address.
For further information: Contact, +234-813-400-2221 Email: registrar@achievers.edu.ng

Experienced Midwife/Nurses Vacancies at St. Marys Specialist Hospital

St. Mary’s Hospital is a result of our efforts and ambition to achieve medical excellence in order to deliver reliable and quality medical support and solutions at an affordable cost. St. Mary’s Hospital is a multi-specialist hospital, offering specialised medical solutions for various medical conditions and diseases.
We are currently seeking to employ suitably qualified candidates to fill the vacant position of:
Positions: Experienced Midwife/Nurse
Location: Lagos
Requirement
* Candidates should possess relevant qualifications.
Application Closing Date
29th August, 2018.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their Applications along with CV’s to: stmarysspecialisthospital2@yahoo.com 
Or
St. Mary’s Specialist Hospital,
Plot 458, Titilayo Adedoyin Street,
Omole Estate,
Phase 1 Ikeja,
Lagos State.

Senior Lecturer (Nursing Science) Vacancies at Achievers University, Owo

Achievers University, Owo – The Motto of the University is Knowledge, Integrity and Leadership with a very clear vision to be the best University in Africa and indeed one of the best in the world. The mission of the University is to produce a total man, morally sound, properly educated and entrepreneurially oriented, that would be useful to himself and the society.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the academic position below:
Position: Senior Lecturer
Location: Owo, Ondo
College: College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CONAS)
Discipline: Nursing Science
Qualifications and Experience
* Applicants should possess Ph.D or Masters degree in respective discipline and good record of scholarly publications in reputable journals.
* They must also have adequate post-qualification experience in teaching, research and academic administration.
Salary, Allowances and Benefits
* Salary and allowances are as obtainable in Nigerian public universities. However, salary and allowances for this position is negotiable and at enhanced levels above those presently in public universities in Nigeria.
* Successful applicants with Master’s Degrees will be given adequate support in the pursuit of their Ph.D. programmes.
Application Closing Date
7th September, 2018.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates are required to submit Ten (10) copies of their Applications and Curriculum Vitae, including Names of three Referees to:
The Registrar,
Achievers University,
P.M.B. 1030, Owo,
Ondo State.
Alternatively, candidates could send soft copies of their Applications and Curriculum Vitae to: registrar@achievers.edu.ng
Note: Applicants should request their referees to forward their reports under confidential cover directly to the above address.
For further information: Contact, +234-813-400-2221 Email: registrar@achievers.edu.ng

Reader/Associate Professor (Nursing Science) Vacancies at Achievers University, Owo

Achievers University, Owo – The Motto of the University is Knowledge, Integrity and Leadership with a very clear vision to be the best University in Africa and indeed one of the best in the world. The mission of the University is to produce a total man, morally sound, properly educated and entrepreneurially oriented, that would be useful to himself and the society.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the academic position below:
Position: Reader/Associate Professor
Location: Owo, Ondo
College: College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CONAS)
Discipline: Nursing Science
Qualifications and Experience
* Applicants should possess Ph.D. in respective discipline and good record of scholarly publications in reputable journals, with relevant years of post-qualification experience in teaching, research and academic administration.
Salary, Allowances and Benefits
* Salary and allowances are as obtainable in Nigerian public universities. However, salary and allowances for this position is negotiable and at enhanced levels above those presently in public universities in Nigeria.
* Successful applicants with Master’s Degrees will be given adequate support in the pursuit of their Ph.D. programmes.
Application Closing Date
7th September, 2018.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates are required to submit Ten (10) copies of their Applications and Curriculum Vitae, including Names of three Referees to:
The Registrar,
Achievers University,
P.M.B. 1030, Owo,
Ondo State.
Alternatively, candidates could send soft copies of their Applications and Curriculum Vitae to: registrar@achievers.edu.ng
Note: Applicants should request their referees to forward their reports under confidential cover directly to the above address.
For further information: Contact, +234-813-400-2221 Email: registrar@achievers.edu.ng

Opthalmic Nurse Vacancy at a Specialist Hospital – Sigma Consulting Group

Sigma Consulting – Our client, a specialist hospital in Lagos, is currently recruiting suitably qualified candidates to fill the position below:
Position: Opthalmic Nurse
Location: Lagos
Job Requirement
* Applicants must have 3-4 years of experience.
Remuneration
Attractive.
Application Closing Date
19th August, 2018.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their Applications to: bola@sigmaconsult.com.ng 
Note: This is for Opthalmic Nurses only please.

Nurse Justina Ejelonu Tells her Story From The Grave

I had lofty dreams of living a fulfilled live and having kids. My fiancée and i had fixed our traditional marriage for October, I was two months pregnant. My name is Justina Ejelonu and this is my story.
I was ecstatic when i secured a job at first consultant hospital in Lagos. On the day i was to resume officially, I was reluctant since i had started experiencing morning sickness. I finally got myself together and resumed on the 21st of July.
In an unfortunate twist of fate, my first patient was a Liberian senior diplomat named Patrick sawyer. A 40 year old man with complaints of fever, headache, extreme weakness and haemorrhagic symptoms. Patrick died on Friday the 25th of July, it took the joint collaboration of the state, federal and international agencies to confirm he died from the Ebola virus (zaire strain). Our hospital was temporarily shut down.
On the 25th of July, i updated my facebook wall and wrote “Friends, thank God for me o. i had a close contact with the first Ebola case in Nigeria..:.Long story cut short, God saved me dearly. join me in thanking God”. The next day i posted this update on my facebook wall “”Friends,up to our uniforms and all linens were burnt off.  We are on surveillance and off work till 11th.
Our samples have long been taken by WHO and so far we have been fine. For me,  kudos to my hospital management because we work professionally with every patient considered risk because that’s the training. Had it been its a hospital where they manage risky patients with ordinary gloves like Government hospitals and some  Janjaweed private hospital..:lol….wahala for dey o. I must also thank Lagos Govt….infact! Even federal govt self….all have been supportive. I’m good and so are the others in the hospital…..”
Dr Adadeveoh and Dr Ohiaeri jointly released a press statement thanking the hospital staff for our diligence and professionalism. What was to follow became a national nightmare!
The anxiety awaiting our test results was heart wrenching, Yes, i checked his vitals, helped him with his food (he was too weak)..i basically touched where his hands touched and that was the only contact. Not directly with his fluids. At a stage, he yanked off his infusion and we had blood everywhere on his bed.. but the ward maids took care of that and changed his linens with great precaution”
Days went by and i began to feel feverish, it persisted at a very high temperature. By the 14th of july, My test result was out. It was positive for Ebola. I was devastated and heartbroken. By then, i had started stooling and vomiting. All of a sudden, I started bleeding per vagina. I cried because i knew i may have lost the pregnancy.
Dennis my fiancée got a cab and we rushed to first consultant. We were refereed to IGH, yaba. In panic, i disembarked the taxi and laid on the floor for over 30 minutes begging for attention and screaming “I was dying”, The bleeding had become profuse.
At the quarantine center, Even when the bleeding subsided, I waited in vain for the doctors to carry out an evacuation. They never came. They insisted that an evacuation was too risky as my viral load was high. I was left at the mercy of God to complications as a result of retained products of conception. If Ebola didnt kill me, sepsis surely would
The stooling and vomiting persisted, I was dehydrated and extremely weak. My abdomen was bloated and my legs swollen. The fever caused excessive diaphoresis and fluid loss. nobody dared touch me, i was left on top of my excretions in soiled and over soaked pampers on soiled beddings, We were quarantined at the mainland hospital yaba where there was no water hence we had not had our bath since the day before, I was hypoxic but no provision of oxygen was made. It seemed we were dumped there to die with little care and separated in two groups with one group in rooms called VIP while myself and some other victims were in the ward.
At some point I had messed myself up, Dennis put his life on the line and looked for water to clean me up, change my pampers and arrange my bedding. I was shivering. I knew the end was near, I didn’t deserve to die in such an undignified manner.
On a Sunday morning, As i lay dying, I understood the reason and purpose for my life, my fears slipped away, I was at peace with my country Nigeria, I forgave sawyer, I didn’t hold any grudge against my colleagues in the medical field who deserted me, I was finally at peace.
I felt God hold me in the hollow of his hands. I went to be with the Lord.
As a proud Nurse, I had paid the ultimate price in service to humanity and my country.

NMCN Research Workshop for Nurses and Midwives in Nigeria New Date

Dear Sir/Madam,
NEW DATE RE: RESEARCH WORKSHOP FOR NURSES AND MIDWIVES IN NIGERIA
The Board of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria at its 42nd General meeting held in Abuja 30th October to 2nd November, 2017 observed that Nurses and Midwives in Nigeria though have access on a daily basis to enormous health related data have not done enough in carrying out research studies and dissemination of research findings. The Board at the above meeting mandated that to improve research and research utilization in healthcare, research workshop should be organized for Nurses and Midwives in Nigeria. The theme of this workshop is ‘Scientific Research: A Tool for Developing Nursing in Nigeria’. The main aim of this workshop is to sharpen the knowledge and skills of nurses and to sensitize them on the value of engaging in research studies for the promotion of excellence in the profession and healthcare delivery.
The above workshop which could not hold as earlier proposed has been rescheduled to be implemented in Abuja centre as follows:
1. Abuja 
Venue: Hotel De Bendy Plot 892 Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Utako District, Abuja
Date of Arrival: 8th October, 2018
Workshop: 9th – 11th October, 2018
Departure: 12th October, 2018
The registration fee for the above workshop is thirty-five thousand naira (N35,000.00) only.
In view of the above, the Council implores employers of Nurses and Midwives to please encourage and sponsor at least three (3) Nurses and Midwives to participate in the above workshop.
Those who wish to sponsor themselves should be given all the necessary support too.
All intending applicants are to log on to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria website: www.nmcn.gov.ng to register for the workshop. Please note that remita payment details are required for the online registration. The registration site for each centre shall be closed when the expected numbers of participants have registered.
It is the hope of the Council that the above programme will strengthen the participation of Nurses and Midwives in research as well as promote evidence-based practice in healthcare delivery in Nigeria.
Thank you for your usual cooperation and support towards the promotion and maintenance of excellence in Nursing and Midwifery education and practice.
Signed:
Alh. Faruk Umar Abubakar 
Secretary-General/Registrar