Shortage of Nurses: Nigeria State, Benue Set To Employ 820 Nurses

The Benue State Government has disclosed its intention to employ 820 Nurses across the state to boost the healthcare delivery services in the state.

Governor Samuel Ortom disclosed this Thursday in Makurdi during the opening ceremony of the 13th National Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Nigeria Association of Nurse Anaesthetists (NANA) tagged “Makurdi 2021” approved by Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN).

The governor who was represented by Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Joseph Ngbea said the Health sector in Benue state had suffered a major setback in terms of manpower which must be fixed.

‘In the Health sector, as far as manpower is concerned is an emergency and not just the Anaesthetists. There is a pandemic where we have very few manpower in all the sectors of health in Benue.

‘When I visited the General Hospital Agatu in March this year, they had only three nurses and two of them were to retire by April. As we speak now, I am sure there is only one Nurse there and we are doing everything possible to employ more nurses.

‘We are going to advertise to employ 820 Nurses across Benue State,’ Ngbea said.

X-raying some efforts of Governor Samuel Ortom in the Health sector during his time as commissioner, Dr Ngbea who doubled as chairman of the occasion said ‘when we came on board, His Excellency approved and we supplied ICU beds, Ambulance and ventilators to the Benue State Teaching Hospital. I think that was in good light of the importance of anaesthetists,’ he added.

In order to address manpower shortage in the sector, Dr Ngbea urged the keynote speaker, Dr Michael Enokela, to arrange with the leadership of NANA and visit the Ministry of Health so as to look at ways of training more Anaesthetists.

Earlier in a welcome address, NANA National Chairman Ogbaje Friday expressed the determination of the association to continue to offer and render Anaesthesia services to the teeming population of Nigeria. He recalled that even when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, people who needed Anaesthesia services were not denied.

Speaking on the theme “Anaesthesia Best Practices In The Current Global Health Reality”, Dr Michael Enokela Efu, who is Head of Anaesthesia at the Benue State University Makurdi Teaching Hospital, while presenting a keynote address explained the term anaesthesia as a reversible, careful and predictable method of pain relief given to patients during surgery or childbirth.

He said anaesthesia prevents violence that surgeons could suffer at the hands of patients, adding that patients who undergo surgery without anaesthesia are always angry and they are happy when they see anaesthetists around them.

Source: Sun Newspaper

New Approved Covid-19 Guidelines for International Travellers Arriving Nigeria

The Chairman of Presidential Steering Committee/ Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has released the revised travel protocol into Nigeria effective Monday, 25th October, 2021 as follows:

Travellers arriving in Nigeria must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result conducted not more than 72hours before boarding,

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated in-bound passengers will be required to observe a mandatory 7-day self-isolation in addition to a COVID-19 PCR test on days 2 and 7 after arrival,

Fully vaccinated in-bound passengers will not be required to observe the mandatory 7-days self-isolation but will be required to do a COVID-19 PCR test on day 2 of arrival;

Persons arriving on “Business” trip or on official duty staying less than 7 days in Nigeria must

* be fully vaccinated

* produce negative COVID-19 PCR result 72hours before boarding; and

* conduct a PCR test on day 2 of their arrival.

It will be recalled that the PSC Chairman, Boss Mustapha, had during the national briefing, promised that a revised travel protocol would be published. The review of the protocol is based on science, national experience, and global developments.

WHO Planning New Online Community to Connect Nurses Across the Globe

The World Health Organization (WHO) is set to launch a virtual network where nurses and midwives can share knowledge, research and innovative ideas on a global level, it has been announced.

Chief nursing officer of the WHO, Elizabeth Iro, said the new ‘global community of practice’ will be available from early next year and aims to promote further opportunities for colleagues across the world to “support each other”.

The idea was born out of discussions with nurse leaders around the globe who told the WHO that “opportunities to meet, share ideas and learn from each other are rare, but have huge value”.

“So, to support and strengthen our opportunities to work better together, WHO has established a ‘global community of practice’ for nurses and midwives, in response to the request to be better connected and to share knowledge, research and innovative ideas,” Ms Iro said during a speech at the annual Queen’s Nursing Institute on Wednesday.

“It will provide a network for us to meet, discuss our global issues and share good practices, knowledge and innovation in specialty areas.

“It will bring benefits to both nursing and midwifery and contribute to our commitment to keeping our people safe and to achieving universal health.”

With rising levels of burnout and mental health concerns among the profession, especially amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the online network also hopes to provide a virtual space for nurses and midwives to support one another, she noted.

Ms Iro added: “My overwhelming hope, when we emerge from this pandemic, is that we build and strengthen our health and care workforce by working together, by recognising that our successes are not defined by our individual skills and professional capability, and how we combine our knowledge and work with one another at every level… to keep our communities safe.”

During her address at the virtual QNI conference, Ms Iro paid tribute to the efforts of the profession throughout the pandemic, while calling for action to ensure nurses have a voice at the highest levels going forwards.

“Nurses played a critical and central role during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the complex work of our profession in the areas of public health, emergency care and vaccination has been very prominent and visible to all,” she said.

However, this has “come at a devastating cost”, with an estimated more than 100,000 health and care worker deaths from Covid-19 across the globe, added Ms Iro.

The pandemic had also “exacerbated” nurse shortages and has had a detrimental impact on the mental health of an “already under-resourced nursing workforce”, she noted.

“Countries were challenged to keep their health workforce safe, and many did not have resilient health systems to cope with a prolonged crisis,” said Ms Iro.

Nurses had been “exposed and affected by the consequences of inadequate planning” during the outbreak, she added.

“As nursing leaders, we must contribute to strategies to ensure we are never in that situation again,” she said.

“Our workforce is fragile and as we move forward, we have learned the importance of having senior nursing leaders at the table where decisions around strategy and planning are made.”

Source : Nursing Times

Nigerian Soldiers Storm Anambra Nursing School In Search Of Unknown Gunmen

Nigerian soldiers have been captured in a video going viral showing them storm a nursing school in the Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The military personnel reportedly stormed the school, Our Lady of Lourdes Nursing School, Okija, to search for some unknown gunmen who had a gun duel with the military.

Unknown gunmen, on Tuesday, attacked the venue of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the Ihiala LGA of the state.

The gunmen, who stormed Odoata Primary School on various motorcycles and in three vehicles, were however overpowered by security personnel.

A combined team of policemen and soldiers repelled the attack.

A source explained that the gunmen were unable to withstand the superior firepower of the soldiers and police officers and quickly ran into the premises of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital which was directly opposite the campaign ground.

In the video which has now done viral, passersby were seen raising their hands to show they had no weapon. Students of the school in white uniforms were also spotted running at some point in the video, before a gun shot was fired.

The Anambra State Police Command has requested the people in the area to help look out for people with gunshots and report them.

It has also asked hospitals and other health facilities in both Ihiala Local Government Area and neighbouring communities in Imo State to report


Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Grants Full Accreditation to NOUN Nursing Programme

NOUN BNSc gets NMCN’s full accreditation

The Secretary-General/Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), Dr. F.U. Abubakar, has said the council has granted a “full accreditation” to the Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSc) programme of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

Abubakar said the recognition and acceptance of the programme followed a holistic accreditation process undertaken on all the benchmark indices and the programme emerged sound enough to scale the set standards.

The council’s registrar was speaking on Tuesday, 12 October, 2021 when he led a powerful team of the body to the office of the NOUN Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olufemi Peters, at the university headquarters, where he also congratulated his host for his election as the university’s VC.

He said the visit was to “give a first-hand information” towards resolving as well as improving the programme, having run a comprehensive accreditation back in July, which came about after developing “a different template for NOUN.”

While reading from the report, the council’s boss said a “greater number of students, after a random check, shows that they have fulfilled all the requirements to be admitted,” stressing that, however, an avenue to authenticate their document needed to be created to avoid admitting unqualified students.

With about 11,179 students, Abubakar continued, the university needs to sign more Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) to allow the students utilise laboratory facilities, even as he urged the Vice-Chancellor to upgrade NOUN’s mega laboratory located in Ibadan.

He said as the council awaits NOUN’s Concept Note, which they will study upon receipt, and “looking at the strength of the university, the council has granted full accreditation to the programme.”

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, who expressed his deep elation, said the feat has some personal meaning to him, saying that “I have been so much involved and I have always supported the Nursing programme all my time in the university.”

He said the few issues raised by the council would be addressed before next year, including the staffing in the department, which the university would have since put behind it if not because of certain bureaucratic matters with the IPPIS.

On the MoUs, the VC said the university was working on that, as it has recently entered into such partnerships with the 44 Army Reference hospital in Kaduna, with eight others currently in the offing.

Peters thanked the council for the accreditation. “You have demonstrated to us of your support and we quite appreciate.”

The Vice-Chancellor was flanked at the meeting by the dean of the Faculty of Health Science, Prof. Shehu Adamu, the Head of the Department as well as other top-ranking members from the faculty.

Writer: Debbie Nduba & Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

How I worked with 12 Community Extension Workers as a 22Year old Nurse by Catherine Olatunji

Gist before the main gist 😀😀

See me at Panseke, Ogun state at the last antiquackery walk telling Emeka who a nurse is and who’s not 😃.

We walked that day enh, when I got home I didn’t know where I landed 😀😀. Emmmmm I only used the pics since I could not find any other pics to use because I noticed you people like fine pictures. I know it’s not fine. I didn’t even comb my wig well, but just help me like it .

Mind you, grab your popcorn and juice. It’s a long gist my people.


Today, I want to gist you guys of how I worked with 12 solid CHEWs and I survived it as a 22 year old nurse.

So I got a job at a government establishment, it was more of a small community health centre settings with doctors, nurses, CHEWs and other allied health workers.

I can remember on my first day of resumption I got the first shocker. I was sitting at the nurses table with a CHEW who happens to be my favourite later, and this Woman walked in, I greeted her and she didn’t even pay any attention nor replied.

The CHEW sitting with me told this woman that I’m the new nurse and I just resumed today, she turned to me and said in yoruba ‘ se nurse ti won se gba naa re to senu gbongbon gbon gbon ti o le kiyan” literally meant I couldn’t greet her and my mouth was “gbongbon” 😃😃

I was dazed but I swallowed it and explained to her that I actually greeted her, she just walked away despite my explanation.

I did not even know how to feel or react that day. As days goes by, I noticed so many lapses administratively, and in Nursing practice.

I noticed the way people rapport in the centre, especially nurses and others. I found that there was no much difference between the CHEWs and the nurses.

The nurses practically exchange duties with CHEWs without feeling anyhow about it. I’m talking about when nurses are comfortable leaving two CHEWs to man a shift and they don’t mind. It was like a norm.

Let me shock you further, when doctors are not around, these CHEWs will consult and give the notes to the Nurse to dispense or administer the drugs.

They write “nurses report” and have witnessed nurses thanking them for that 😀

They call the nurses by their names, no professional regard or respect nor boundaries…it was branded as “One love”

You guys already know that’s a facade, the so called “one love” wasn’t void of eye service, gossips and back biting…

Like I said , this is not the focused, its just to give you a background of my gist

Over the years, I have come to learn something called emotional intelligence and I think that was what helped me.

The first thing I did was to ensure I wasn’t lacking in any of my duties.

For whatever reason, I exchange my duty with a nurse if I needed to. I believe if you can exchange your duty with a CHEW, you’re simply saying – there is nothing I can do that you can’t do – we are equals.

I made sure I understand my roles and I set boundaries, I don’t delegate core Nursing duties to them no matter what. If I need help with it I get a fellow colleague.

I write my report and I don’t write ” patient slept on duty, vital signs done, made comfortable on bed and sign” – anyone can write that. What makes the difference as a nurse?

No matter what, I input one or two Nursing diagnoses, action plans with my evaluation.

When I’m on Night, I don’t embarass my profession and myself by removing all removables and sleep naked or wear Night gown…..oh jees! Eyes have seen my people.

At a time, I introduce myself and every other person working with me if I happen to be the only nurse on duty.

I go like, hello everyone, I am Nurse Olatunji and I will be your nurse for today. Working with me are CHEW so so so and so. And they are here to assist me . Many of those patient will ask me what’s the meaning of a CHEW and I gladly explain to them. Identity issue solved!

And even with all these some of them didn’t get the memo that I was different.

Let me share actual scenarios
Scenario 1

No doctor on seat.

Patient walks in, gets the card.

The CHEW started consulting, gave it to me to administer. She said Nurse Olatunji please go and dispense this.

I said okay.

I drew a line under what she prescribed and wrote Review

CT that
D/C that
Referred to see a doctor so so so

They were all oral medications. I can remember she prescribed antimalaria with Vit c or so and I removed it.

I gave it back to her to dispense, then I crosschecked the drugs and gave the patient.

You can say that wasn’t necessary, but that was the last time she decides to consult and send me forth to administer her plan of management.


Scenario 2

I resumed shift.

The CHEWs comes over to handover the patients to me when a registerd nurse was right there.

After she was done talking and she called the nurse to tell her they should leave, I told the nurse calmly she is yet to handover.

She said, I thought CHEW so so so handed over to you, I said yes she gave me a report but I need you to handover your patients.

I think at that time she got it. She handed over to me as it should be. And you have to speak in English …it’s a formal setting, except our establishment states otherwise.

Since that day, none of them tried to handover to me except ofcourse they are the only ones on duty.

Scenario 3

This CHEW has been stepping on my toes for a while….lol. They felt “my own is too much”

She started calling me by my first name at work that day. I don’t know the spirit that came over her.

CHEW Mrs : ehs, emmm, Kate abi Catherine, what’s that your name naaa

(Ward round going on, all beds full with patients and you know how loud yorubas talk)

Catherine : thinking it could not be me, maybe it was someone else.

CHEW: ehs , ehs…..Catherine I’m calling you.

Catherine: I just went about my work like no one was talking.

CHEW: steps into the nurses changing room.

I took the opportunity and went to meet her. I called her first name and asked if that was her first name (this was a woman in her 40s) , I told her I will start calling her by her name if she ever calls me by my first name in front of my patients and other health personnel. I told her ,I am so fine with the name but she should not be surprised when I do the same.

Guys, that was the last time she tried that with me.

I am not saying it’s bad to use your first name, but typical Nigerians will understand these Scenario I shared. I work in a place where we all refer to ourselves by our first name but this particular establishment, everyone uses the last name and most times with their respective titles.

Scenario 4

I resumed Night shift and I was working with a CHEW who decided to come late and also did not assist me in anyway.

I noticed it was intentional. They call each other and give report obviously and it was her turn to deal with me i guess 😀. She was bent on annoying me or make me say something.

I just breathe in and breathe out, programmed my head that I’m working alone.

Do the major things that I am suppose to do, the minor things was handed over to the next shift.

When they asked me why it wasn’t done, I just said Nursing is continuous, you can’t do everything.

By the 5th night, she was the one who asked me what do I need her to do.

I don’t know whatever the plan was, but I was intentional about not giving it to my feelings. Imagine someone resuming a shift with you,comes late and sleeps all through and leave without telling you 😀.

Even though I was damn annoyed, I kept cool and did my job.


It was not easy my people but I think I tried to deal with the situation the best I could , I wasn’t perfect either.

I am sure I inspired some nurses there and many of these attitudes were dropped. To anyone who cares to listen, I never stopped to tell them why there is a need for clear job boundaries.

You can not say you are a nurse and there’s absolutely no difference with how you practice.

This is Nigeria where we struggle with what exactly is our roles as nurses. Doctors are dragging it with us, CHEWs too Will come. As much as I will love NMCN to have a circular or written guidelines of nurses roles, we also need to take the bull by the horn.

Be confident , be diligent, be updated, learn learn unlearn, communicate rightly and ofcourse always make use of emotional intelligence when dealing with these people.

Avoid verbal insults or exchange at all cost. Overlook when necessary but sometimes some situations needs to be addressed.

I hope you find one or two things to learn from this.

Thanks for reading my long post. Believe me I tried to make it as short as I can 😀.

NB: I know I’m young, but if you will like to share with me challenges you might be facing with other health workers, I am here to listen and also offer some advice…’s all free of charge 😀😀

You can chat me up or drop in the comment section, association of nurses’ elders might also give their suggestions or opinions on how best to deal with such issues.

Shout out to the nurses who joined I and my team at Abeokuta. You all are amazing and I celebrate you always.

Love you all ❤❤

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Nurses In Nigerian Government Hospital Lament Non-Payment Of Uniform Allowance For Two Years

Some nurses working at the Federal Medical Center, Asaba, Delta state have alleged the misappropriation of funds by the management of the hospital.

The healthcare workers lamented the non-payment of their uniform allowance by the management of the facility even though the government makes provision for it.

One of them told SaharaReporters that she last received her uniform allowance in December 2018 while the ones for the two subsequent years had yet to be paid.

According to her, the gross misconduct in the facility may be responsible for this as the Nigerian government earmarks a certain amount for that.

She said, “There is gross misconduct at the Federal management Center, Asaba. The CMD has refused to pay us our uniform allowance since 2019. Every year, the Federal government earmarks money to be paid to every nurse for uniform. The last time I was paid was in 2018.”

Another nurse in the facility alleged that the management in collaboration with the nursing executives squander their allowances.

She said, “It is the management of the centre that keeps squandering money in collaboration with the Nursing exco (executive council). The federal government is paying the allowance, we are sure of that because other federal hospitals do not owe their nurses. It’s usually paid every December – N20, 000 but how we haven’t seen anything.

“The last time I was also paid was in 2018 while in 2019, we weren’t paid and the same with 2020.”


Zimbabwe Nurses Rejects Govt Free Food and WiFi Offer, Insists On Better Salaries

Health professionals yesterday scoffed at government’s offer to stop mass resignations through the provision of non-monetary incentives such as WiFi and loans, saying their employer was focusing on trivialities which will not solve the brain drain problem dedevilling the health sector.

On Tuesday, during a post-Cabinet briefing, government said the country was experiencing massive brain drain in the health sector and would offer non-monetary incentives to abate the situation.

Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said an inter-ministerial committee identified measures to accelerate provision of non-monetary incentives such as staff accommodation, transport, vehicle loans, provision of meals and WiFi facilities.

Zimbabwe Senior Doctors Association president Shingai Nyaguse accused government of ignoring the salary issue, which he said was the real problem which was causing the brain drain.

“We remain concerned with suggestions that WiFi and canteens are incentives that will resolve the ongoing challenges,” Nyaguse tweeted on Thursday.

“The employer has been ignoring the elephants in the room, which includes issues of fair and commensurate remuneration, an enabling, conducive working environment and medical insurance for healthcare workers. The lack of consultative dialogue is glaring.”

Zimbabwe Nurses Association president Enoch Dongo said: “It’s the employer’s responsibility to give Wi-Fi and canteen at workplaces as a courtesy, not allowance or incentive.

“The government offer was not supposed to be publicised since it’s their responsibly to do that. It is obvious the so-called incentive will not stop nurses from going outside the country whatsoever.”

Dongo said what health professionals want is a living wage and improvement of the working environment.

“Nurses do not take their children to school through WiFi or getting sadza at work,” Dongo said.

Doctors and nurses have gone on strike on several occasions since 2017 to pressure government to review their salaries, but their employer has been employing military tactics to force them back to work.

NCLEX Centre in Istanbul Turkey and How to Apply for Visa to Write NCLEX Exam in Turkey

A new NCLEX test center is now open in Istanbul, Turkey which presents another opportunity for nurses to write their NCLEX Exam rather than waiting for Philippines to open. I have detailed here Turkey visit visa requirements specifically for Nigerian nurses going to write NCLEX and how to apply. Note that this guide is based on my discussion with a friend who is in the know and the Turkey visa application centre and not on my own personal experience. I have decided to share this on Nursesarena forum so it will reach wider audience.

Turkey NCLEX Centre Address:

Pearson Professional Centers-Istanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90-212 227 4937

How to Apply for Turkish Visa for NCLEX

Any Nurse going to Turkey to write NCLEX from Nigeria need to apply for visiting visa. The Turkish Embassy has stopped online visa not quite long and contract it to a third party, you can now book an appointment with Voya Visa. I had a conversation today with Voya Visa Ltd and below is the requirements and how to go about Turkish visa application for NCLEX purpose.

Turkey Visitors Visa Requirements

1. Duly completed Application form
2. Original passport (must be valid for at least 6 months from arrival in Turkey and have at least two blank pages.)
3. Copy of passport information page (A4 size). If available, copies of pages containing visas obtained in the last 3 years and copies of pages containing personal information.
4. Two (2) passport photographs.
5. Round-trip flight reservation (reservation is sufficient, confirmation is not mandatory)
6. Valid hotel reservation covering your stay in Turkey. Reservation dates must be compatible with flight dates.
7. Guarantee letter from your employer (company official or owner stating that the employee’s position, start date, leave dates and the employee’s guarantee that he will return to his country and work after his trip)
8. Six (6) months payslips
9. Six (6) months statement of account (stamped and signed original of the document received from the bank)
10. The applicant’s account must have a balance of at least $50 for each day of stay in Turkey. The applicant’s personal bank account must have a balance of at least $1,000 (Although the friend I spoke to said the higher the money the better your chances)
11. Documents pertaining to the immovable properties of the applicant (Real estate title, licenses, etc. Stamped, signed originals must be submitted at the visa application center.)

Additional documents

1. Printout of your ATT
2. Exam booking and confirmation evidence
3. Your Nursing license and certificates
4. Employment letter
5. Workplace identity card
6. Health Insurance (You pay for this when you get to the centre)

Turkish Visiting Visa Fee for Nigerians :

$135 + #1500 for 15 days or less
$145 + #1500 for 30 days or more than 15 days
$315 + #1500 for multiple entry
$100 added to any of the above if applying via VIP appointment in Lagos

Cost of travel insurance is included in the visa fee which you’ll pay on the day of your interview.
The duration it takes for visa issuance after an interview is at the discretion of the Turkish Embassy.
There is the option of paying for courier to have your passport delivered to you or you can come to pick it up yourself.

Payment of Application Fees

According to the friend I spoke to, you are expected to go with the cash. You will need to buy dollar from the Aboki man on the street and go to your interview with the appropriate fees.

How to Apply

Go to Voya Visa Page and complete an appointment booking. Visit

Complete the form, click next and pick available dates and time.
Then print out the appointment confirmation page and together with the originals of the documents attend your interview.

After the interview your application will be transferred to the Turkish embassy who will issue your visa.

Contact information

Plot 1986, Oladele Olashore Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

No:20, Nairobi Street, Wuse-2, Abuja, Nigeria

Turkish Embassy Contact
Phone: 08036488981

Do not use fake document or bank statement
Know basic information about where you are going before the interview date
Book Hotels in the same city as the exam centre
Hotel reservations and flight reservations can be done online
You don’t need any agent so don’t fall into the hands of greedy and hungry agents.


Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Masters in Nursing Application form on Sale


Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into Postgraduate Programmes for the 2021/2022 Academic Session:

Available Degrees: PGD, M.NSC, M.Phil. and Ph.D.
Basic Requirement
Candidate must possess five (5) O’ Level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

(a) Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing;
(b) Department of Maternal and Child Health Nursing;
(c) Department of Community/Public Health Nursing;
(d) Department of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing;

For more details and areas of specialization see link

Form Fee: N10,000 (excluding the bank charges). Payment Method: Payments will be made using INTERSWITCH ENABLED DEBIT Cards (ATM Cards).
Application Website: Complete the form and print.
Printed Application Form with photocopies of Certificates/Diplomas including ‘O Level and NYSC certificates, transcripts and other relevant documents should reach The Secretary, Postgraduate School, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso not later than six weeks from the date of publication.

Dr. Kayode A. Ogunleye