JOHESU, AHPA reject Yayale Ahmed report

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA), both of which constitute about 95 per cent of the workforce in the health sector have rejected report of the Yayale Ahmed Presidential Committee of Experts on Professional Relationships in the Public Health Sector (YAPCEPRPH).

In an open letter to President Mohammadu Buhari dated, July 25, JOHESU and AHPA dissociated themselves from the committee’s recommendations for the establishment of the office of the Chief Medical Adviser to the President, the creation of a National Healthcare Commission, rejects the Committee’s opposition to the appointment of other health professionals as directors in federal health institutions, among others.

Rejection of majority of the recommendations of the YAPCEPRPH by JOHESU and AHPA was based on their confirmations that the Secretariat of the Committee was infiltrated by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) through its privileged members in government.

The open letter was signed by AHPA and the various unions that constitute JOHESU including Biobelemoye Joy Josiah, national president, Medical and Health Workers Union (MHWUN), A.A. Adeniji, national president, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Dr. B.A. Akintola, president of Senior Staff Association of Universitites Teaching Hospitals Research Institutes and Associated Institutes (SSAUTHRIAI); the National President of Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals, Dr. Obinna C. Ogbonna; and the National President of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), Dr. Chris Ani; while President of AHPA, Dr. G.C. Okara signed on behalf of that body.

Following professional disharmony between medical doctors and other health workers, the Federal Government had set up the YAPCEPRPH to look into the problems and profer solutions. Although, report of the Committee was submitted to the former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, it is currently before Buhari for consideration, approval and subsequent implementation.

JOHESU and AHPA, said roles the Committee ascribed to the proposed Chief Medical Adviser to the President show that it was ‘’a short-cut to bring back the concept of Surgeon-General as previously demanded by the NMA. The Committee cited examples of other countries where doctors have monopoly of some public health initiatives, but avoided United States (US) experience of the Surgeon-General which was open to all professionals. They added, “The incumbent American Surgeon-General is a trained Registered Nurse.”

They reasoned that the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), which currently provides for two cabinet ministers of health, a permanent secretary, 10 directors out of which one was in charge of public health and another hospital services was sufficient to execute the roles being ascribed for the proposed Chief Medical Adviser to Mr. President.

On the headship of teaching hospitals, which the Committee suggested should be by medical doctors only, JOHESU and AHPA noted that job description for leader of federal health institutions was purely administrative. “It needs no knowledge of surgical procedures or stethoscope for effective output,” they reasoned, adding that condition precedent to be CEO must revolve around interested persons being seasoned administrators or managers of cognate experience.

Other recommendations of the Committee rejected by JOHESU and AHPA include its appointment of CMAC and that of Deputy CMAC, the position of the panel on Pharm D and O.D Programmes, poor hazard, call-duty and related allowances to health professionals, the withdrawal of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) circular authorising Medical Laboratory Science of Nigeria (MLSCN) to approve licence for importation of IVDs, among others.
Source: New Telegraph

Kenya: Governor Ferdinand Defend Nurses, Doctors in Hospital Mess

Governor Ferdinand Waititu has said there is nothing he can do about the influx of patients to Kiambu hospitals.

He said no one will be sacked over the matter because doctors and nurses are working well but are only overwhelmed by the patients.

Waititu was speaking yesterday at Kiambu Level Five Hospital during a fact finding mission.

“Honestly speaking, I would not wish to condemn anyone for the situation in Kiambu Hospital as patients are coming in big numbers  to be treated and I have toured the hospital, where they are doing their best in treating every patient coming in,” said Waititu.

He said matters are worsened by people who wanted to politicise the situation.

“The problem is influx and we should not politicise health facilities.

Kiambu Hospital has a bed capacity of 320 and we are admitting over 800 inpatients ,what would you want us to do?” Waititu said.

He denied that patients were being served bad food.

He attributed the drugs shortage on the Integrated Financial Management System, which was not operational in July.

“Ifmis was closed in July and our credit was squeezed and could not access our accounts, we will supply our facilities with food and blankets and for drugs we will make sure that essential drugs are stocked in all 171 health facilities across the county,” said Waititu.
Source : Kenya Star

ABUTH School of Nursing 2018/2019 Admission Form on Sale

Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified candidates for admission into the following Schools/Training Programmes in ABU Teaching Hospital Zaria for 2018/2019 academic session.

This School offers a three (3) year basic general nursing training to suitable candidates of not less than 171/2 years and not more than 26 years of age.

Those wishing to apply must have the following: The acceptable combination of results shall be as follows:
a) Five credits in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry & Biology at not more than two sittings.

Entrance Examination and Interview Candidates who satisfy the basic entry requirements shall be required to sit for an entrance examination and selection interview thereafter.

Only candidates short-listed will appear for the selection interview.

The Selection process will include essay writing followed by oral interview.

Candidates selected for admission shall be required to pass a medical examination for fitness.

NOTE: Only candidates who satisfied 0-level requirement will be invited for entrance examination.

Accommodation; This course is residential. Successful candidates MUST live in the Nurses’ hostel; payment of accommodation fee shall be made in installments.

The school runs Post Basic Programmes names:- Midwifery, Ophthalmic and Paediatrics and Anaesthesia Those who wish to apply for any of the programme must have the following:-

a) Midwifery Course :- is eighteen ( 18 ) months duration and eligible candidates must have five credit passes in S SCE, WASC/NECO or GCE which should include among others English Language, Mathematics and three (3) Science Subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) at not more than two sittings. Candidates must also be registered Nurse (RN) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria

b) Ophthalmic Nursing Course: Duration: One year Programme and candidates wishing to enroll must be qualified registered nurses (RN) with the Nursing and midwifery Council of Nigeria with at least one year post qualification experience.
Additional Post Basic Diploma/Certificate/other relevant course could be an advantage. In addition to the above, eligible candidates must have five credit passes in SSCE/WAS C/NECO or GCE which should include among others, English language, mathematics, Physics, chemistry and Biology at not more than two sittings.

c) Paediatric Nursing Course:
Duration: One (1) year programme and candidates wishing to apply must be registered Nurses (RN) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and must have at least one year Post Qualification/Registration experience.
Additional Post Basic Diploma/Certificate/other relevant courses could be an advantage. In additional to the above, eligible candidates must have five credit passes in SSCE WASC/NECO/or GCE which should include among other, English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology at not more than two sittings

d) Nurse Anaesthesia Programme Duration: is eighteen ( 18 ) months duration and eligible candidates must have five credit passes in SSCE, WAEC, NECO or GCE which should include among other English Language, Mathematics and three (3) Science subjects (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology at not more than two sittings. Applicant must be a Registered Nurse (RN) with a current practicing license and at least one (1) year post qualification experience.

Entrance Examination/Interview

Eligible candidates will be requested to sit for a written aptitude test to be followed by an oral interview. Additional Post Basic Diploma/Certificate/Other relevant courses could be an added advantage..
For the selection interview, candidates are to come along with the originals of all their certificates, license, evidence of sponsorship, certificates of workshop attended . A letter from their sponsors.

Special Fellowship of Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria This is a Twenty-four (24) months course leading to the award of FMLSCN. Candidates wishing to apply must have :-
(a) Associate (AMLSCN) of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria BMLS plus a minimum of one (1)year post qualification experience.
(b) NYSC discharge or exemption certificate. (c) Current practicing license of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria.

National Diploma Course in Health Information Management Duration: Two (2) years direct course for those with GCE ‘0’ Level or its equivalent and one year for those with Technician Certificate in Health Information Management of the Health Record Officers Registration Board of Nigeria.

Entry Requirements:

1. Candidates for this programme must have WASC, S SCE or NECO with passes at credit level in five (5) subjects including English, Mathematics, Biology/Physic/ or Chemistry and any subject.
All ND candidates must sit for JAMB and passes cut-off mark
2. For JAMB Candidates they must posses the JAMB cut-off marks. 3. Candidates shall comme with screening registration fee of N2,500.00
Please note that: (I) Selection of Candidates will be on the basis of academic qualification. A written examination and oral interview coupled with presentation of ORIGINAL CERTIFICATES., Printout of JAMB and SSCE. (ii) Entrance Examination and Interview: (Dates will be communicated to candidates)

Duration: Two (2) Years
Entry Requirement
Candidates for this programme must have obtained National Diploma in Health Information Management and registered with the health Records officers Registration Board of Nigeria and must have undergone an Industrial Training for one year in a reputable Hospital in addition to the basic entry requirement for the ND. Candidates must do regularization with JAMB when admitted. Entrance Examination and Interview (Date will be communicated to candidates)

Diploma Course

Entry Requirements:

This is a two (2) year Course. Applicants wishing to apply must have senior secondary school certificate (SSCE) or its equipment , WAEC, GCE, NECO, NABTEC) with passes at credit level in Mathematics. Physics, Chemistry, Biology and at least a pass in English Language at not more than two sittings.
In addition, credit or ordinary pass in any of the following subjects will be an advantage. Wood work, sheet metal work. Auto Mechanic, Basic electronics, Basic Electricity and Technical Drawing.
Certificate Course This is a one (1)year course. Candidates with the following qualification are eligible for admission.
a) Candidates who have passed WASC/SSCE with passes in Science subjects.
b) Intermediate Secondary Schools with Trade Test Grade [II] certificate and evidence of Secondary Education in the Sciences.
Candidates with evidence of guaranteed sponsorship will be given preference
The course at present is non residential. Successful candidates will be required to arrange for their own accommodation.

This course takes a minimum of two (2) years duration, and officers from any of the following categories of health workers that have been working in primary health care area are eligible for admission.

(WASCE, NECO or GCE 0/L) at not more than two sittings, which must include; English Language, Mathematics and Biology/Health Science.

Community Health Extension Workers five (5) Credit level passes in SSCE (WASCE, NECO or GCE 0/L) at not more than two sittings, which must include: English Language, Mathematics and Biology/Health Science.

Candidates with evidence of guaranteed institutional sponsorship will be given preference, but limited vacancies exist for privately sponsored ones.

Entry Qualification a) Holders of Diploma in Community Health with not less than two (2) years post qualification experience plus, five (5) credit level passes in S SCE b) Applicants must be registered and possess a valid practice license.
c) Two recent passport photograph

Method of Application
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6. Click APPLY
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9. NOTE: paying online activates your account imediately.
(I) To pay online (Master/Visa/Internet Banking) CLICK on PAYVIAREMITA.(After paying just refresh your page and continue from step-12)
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Journal of Infusion Nursing Call for Manuscripts

The editors of the Journal of Infusion Nursing (JIN) are seeking original manuscripts that present new research, clinical reviews, case studies, and professional development information relevant to the practice of infusion therapy. Articles undergo a process of double-blind peer review. Final selections represent the broad scope of the infusion specialty and draw on the expertise of all health care providers who participate in the delivery of infusion therapy.

Complete instructions can be found at the links below:

JIN is the premier publication of the Infusion Nurses Society (INS). Published bimonthly, this scholarly journal provides up-to-date clinical information on new practices, case studies, techniques, and policies that affect the infusion nursing profession. A leading resource for infusion nurse specialists and other health care professionals for more than 41 years, JIN also contains biannual continuing education tests worth 4.5 contact hours or 10 Certified Registered Nurse Infusion (CRNI®) recertification units.

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Oregon State University Approves New Online Bachelor Program For Nursing

The Board of Trustees of Oregon State University has approved a new program- at their OSU-Cascades Branch- for licensed registered nurses to get a Bachelor of Science degree—online. The program is geared toward nurses in Central Oregon and the greater Bend area, where the need is greatest.

The bachelors program is scheduled to launch in the next academic year. It will be part-time and fully online. This gives RNs the opportunity to keep working and complete their studies at home. With five to seven credits per term, the program can be completed in two years.

OSU’s Steve Clark says the nursing program was approved because of a shortage.

“Only 40% of those nurses working in acute care settings in Central Oregon have completed their Bachelor of Science degree,” Clark says. “That doesn’t mean they’re not licensed nurses. It means that this is an opportunity for them to advance their career with education that will serve them and their patients.”

Clark says the program will be about half the cost of similar degrees in Oregon. And there will be a specific interest in achieving diversity in rural nursing care. Particular attention will be given to bi-lingual students.


Kenya: Nurses in Tharaka-Nithi issue strike notice

Nurses in Tharaka-Nithi County have threatened to go on strike if they are not paid leave and uniform allowances within 21 days.

Kenya National Union of Nurses (Knun) county chapter chairman Fabian Marigu on Wednesday said they were supposed to be paid the money in December last year.

“We request for the payment of the annual leave and uniform allowances in the next 21 days failure to which we will go back to the old dark days of unrest,” Mr Marigu said.

Mr Marigu said the regional government has not yet fully implemented the agreements signed to end the strike last year.


He added that some nurses whose contracts were terminated in April 20 this year have continued working without any directive from the administration.

“The silence from county government is disturbing, especially after we signed a court consent,” he said.

Health executive Gichuyia Nthuraku said they are willing to pay out the allowances but the funds are insufficient.

“We have been able to pay all the pending allowances that we inherited from the former regime and we are ready to pay the leave and uniform allowances once we get money,” Dr Nthuraku said.

He urged the nurses to be patient.

Nurses and midwives welcome shift-by-shift nurse to patient ratios

After lengthy “negotiations” with the NSW Government and a rally outside Liverpool Hospital, members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association may have their calls answered for nurse to patient ratios – that is, if Labor gets elected.

On the final day of the NSWNMA annual conference last Friday opposition leader Luke Foley confirmed Labor would introduce shift-by-shift nurse to patient ratios.

Mr Foley said the commitment was made because quite simply “It’s time”.

“We need shift by shift nurse to patient ratios to deliver safe staffing levels, to deliver you a better workplace, to deliver a better quality of care to millions of our fellow citizens in our mighty public health system,” Mr Foley said.

“Today I also give the general commitment to shift by shift nurse to patient ratios and announce that an incoming Labor government will bring ratios to regional hospitals and bring regional staffing levels up to city levels.”

“I hear you. We have a great public health system but we have to fight to keep it that way.”

NSWNMA Liverpool president Brian Grant finally had a smile on his face and commended Labor’s commitment to the public health system.

“This was a fantastic announcement by Luke Foley and should have a great benefit to Liverpool Hospital especially the maternity peri-op emergency and some other specialist units including pediatrics,” Mr Grant said. “This will make our hospital a safer place as well as other hospitals in the state of NSW.”

It’s understood the plan will ensure nurse to patient ratios in medical and surgical wards on every shift across all major and district NSW hospitals.

Hundreds more nurses will be employed in “B” and “C” group hospitals throughout the state, lifting staffing levels up to those of “A” group hospitals in metro areas.

A couple of months ago at the Liverpool rally Catherine Jackson shared her harrowing experience of what it was like to work as a midwife under current conditions.

“There are lots of incidents in maternity,” she said.

“We work in a hard area because we work with mothers who lose their baby, too, and that can be on one shift and then we walk into the next room to a mother who’s giving birth, so it’s a struggle.”


Abu Dhabi to host 2018 International Council of Nurses’ Conference

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (Adnec) will host the International Council of Nurses’ first regional conference at its Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from September 25 to 27.
This important conference will be co-hosted with the Emirates Nursing Association (ENA) and in collaboration with the Seha International Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health conference.
This regional gathering of nurses will focus on the strategic topic of ‘Ensuring access to healthcare through leadership, innovation and collaborative practice’, an area of particular interest for the GCC region.
The forum will act as a platform for the exchange of experience and expertise among the nursing community, discuss best international practices, network and build relationships and disseminate knowledge and information among the global nursing fraternity. Registration or the conference is now open until September 24.
The event assumes tremendous significance for the region, given that the International Council of Nurses has chosen Abu Dhabi as the next host city for its congress in 2021, widely complementing the emirate’s continuing efforts to be a regional hub for medical excellence.
Khalifa Al Qubaisi, acting chief commercial officer at Adnec, said: “We are pleased to host the strategic ICN 2018 regional conference in September. The event is an extremely vital one for the region, as it will help assess international best practices in the field of nursing and align the UAE’s nursing and health strategies with global trends. We expect some of the best minds in the profession, both regional and global, to converge for this landmark event.
“Adnec has a rich history of hosting major events, exhibitions and conferences that fall in line with its strategy of hosting events that nurture the key economic sectors of the country. We are confident that the ICN conference will add to our growing repertoire of niche events that strengthen and consolidate Adnec’s position as a leading destination for events of any size or capacity in the region,” he added.
“This inaugural regional conference will be a key step in ICN’s strategy to strengthen its regional work,” said Professor Thomas Kearns, ICN’s interim chief executive officer. “We are grateful to the Emirates Nursing Association, the Seha International Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health conference and Adnec for working with us to make this exciting event a reality.”
Aysha Al Mahri, president of the Emirates Nursing Association, said: “We are honoured to host the first ICN regional conference. Since its establishment, the ENA exists exclusively to strengthen the nursing profession in the UAE and has been a member of the International Nursing Council (ICN) since May 2005. We believe that this opportunity will strengthen the collaboration between us and ICN and our local partners namely Adnec and Seha and will promote nursing in UAE and the region.
Dr Samah Mahmoud, chair of Seha International Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Health Conference (Sinmac), said: “Sinmac is an annual assembly of healthcare-related professionals in the UAE region which was launched in 2011. Over the years Sinmac fostered for a strong collaboration between nursing, midwifery, and allied health professions throughout the UAE, regionally and internationally.”  – TradeArabia News Service

Medicine a lucrative business: HC on plight of nurses in pvt hospitals

Education and medicine have become a lucrative business, the Delhi High Court remarked today while hearing a PIL alleging that nurses were being financially exploited in private hospitals and nursing homes in the city.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar issued notice to the Centre and sought its stand on the plea which claimed that situation of nurses in private medical institutions has not improved despite a direction by the Supreme Court to protect their rights.

The Centre, represented by advocate Manik Dogra, told the court that the guidelines on salary and working conditions of the nurses have been framed and it was the duty of the individual states to implement them.

The bench observed that the petition “discloses exploitation of the nurses”. It said that “education and medicine are lucrative business now”.

It listed the matter for further hearing on October 8 with another similar plea.

The petition was moved by the Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI) alleging non-compliance of the apex court’s January 29 direction to the Centre to form a committee to make recommendations for improving working conditions and salary of nurses in private hospitals and nursing homes.

The plea, filed through advocate Romy Chacko, claims that nurses in private medical establishments were “working on meagre salaries and living in inhuman conditions”.

Apart from seeking compliance of the apex court’s direction and guidelines on better pay and working conditions, the plea has also sought a declaration from the court that nurses in private hospitals and nursing homes are entitled to same benefits and salary as their counterparts in government hospitals.



Nurses urged to do their part in preventing HCAI in patients

Nurses are urged to take a serious role in preventing Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI) in patients under their care.

Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye said infection prevention and control were important components in nursing care.

“Nurses play an important role in the prevention of HCAI by ensuring all aspects of nursing practice are carried out.

“Therefore, I urge every member of healthcare including nurses to show leadership in preventing and controlling infections with their knowledge,” he said in his speech at the First National Nursing Infection Control Conference themed “War Against Sepsis:The Fight We Can’t Afford To Lose” launched, here, today.

It was hoped that their knowledge would reduce the occurrence of HCAI and sepsis and increase patients’ care, safety and quality, he added.

In the speech read by Health Ministry deputy director-general Datuk Dr Azman Abu Bakar, Dr Lee said HCAI was one of the contributing factors to sepsis among high risk patients such as the elderly, pregnant women, babies, immuno-suppressive patients like those who had AIDS, HIV and cancer.

“And Anti Microbial Resistance (AMR) is identified to be the biggest factor contributing to ineffective treatment of patients,” he said.

Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection.

“If it is not detected and treated in the early stages, it could lead to septic shock, organ failure and death.

“Septic is a serious infection especially in lower and middle income nations where it is a contributing factor for the mortality and morbidity of mothers and children,” he said, adding that HCAI resulted in prolonged hospital stays, increased morbidity and mortality, and increased cost of treatment.

Dr Lee said it was closely related to the occurrence of antibiotic resistance which led to difficulty in treating infections.

It has been reported that sepsis has affected some 30 million people around the world and caused death in 6 million people, he said.

However the ministry’s national data in 2017 showed a lower figure of only two patients for every 100 hospitals.