Kaimosi Friends University College Nursing School Receives 35 Students

Kaimosi Friends University College has received the first batch of learners at its newly established School of Nursing.

The students will pursue diploma and degree courses in nursing and midwifery.

The Commission for University Education (CUE) and the Nursing Council of Kenya gave the school the nod to offer the courses earlier this year, after it was found to have met all the minimum requirements.

Edna Tallam, Nursing Council of Kenya Chief Executive Officer who attended the institution’s launch, said she was impressed by the huge strides the university had made in regard to offering more science-related courses.

“We were convinced that this institution has the capacity to give the students the best training and churn out all-around professional nurses,” she said.

According to her, the university will help the country meet the growing demand for highly qualified nurses.

Earlier, the council conducted a thorough assessment of the institution to ascertain its capacity to offer the courses based on available facilities and learning tools.

“We have advised the institution’s management to equip the school of nursing to world-class standards so as to be able to produce well-baked professionals,” said Tallam.

Tallam said the council’s mandate is to increase the number of institutions offering nursing courses to enhance the country’s capacity to produce more qualified professional nurses.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated staff shortages in hospitals across the country. Shortage of nurses is especially dire in rural areas,” she said.

Institutions desiring to conduct training of nurses are required to apply in writing to the Council and provide documented evidence showing their capacity and preparedness to offer the intended programmes.

According to Tallam, the institutions must also show existing physical training facilities and affiliate themselves with a teaching hospital or health facility that will be used for the provision of practical clinical experience.

The nursing school will partner with Kaimosi Jumia Hospital and Kapsabet County Referral Hospital. 

Credit: Standard Media

Shanahan Specialist Hospital School of Nursing to be Upgraded to College of Nursing

Former Governor of Anambra, Mr Peter Obi has donated N100m to Bishop Shanahan Specialist Hospital Nsukka (BSSHN) to upgrade its School of Nursing and Midwifery to a College.

BSSHN is a missionary hospital owned and managed by Nsukka Catholic Diocese.

Obi made the donation in Nsukka, Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State on Tuesday when he paid a visit to Shanahan School of Nursing and Midwifery.

He said nurses and midwives remained the foundation of primary healthcare in any country.

“Nurses and midwives are very fundamental in our primary healthcare and entire health sector.

“If they are equipped and well trained, infant and maternal mortality will be reduced to the barest minimum.

“Investment in the health sector is an investment on health of humanity,” he said.

Obi said that his visit was as a result of phone call conversation he had with the Administrator of BSSHN, Rev Fr. Greg Onah, who solicited for help to enable the hospital to upgrade its school of nursing and midwifery to a college.

“The N100m I donated today is to ensure that the school is upgraded to a College of Nursing and Midwifery from now to 2023,” he said.

The Peoples Democratic Party Vice-presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections urged Bishop Godfrey Onah of Nsukka Catholic Diocese and other church leaders to continue to pray for the country.

“The church should continue to pray for Nigeria especially now the country is facing serious security challenges,” he said.

In a remark, Onah thanked Obi for his generosity and assured him of judicious use of the amount.

“We will continue to appreciate your kindness to Nsukka Catholic Diocese right from the time you were governor of Anambra State until now.

”Obi is one of Nigeria’s former governors and politicians who have maintained the integrity and passion to help the society.

“This is not the first time he is donating to the diocese; the Coaster bus we are using today in school was also donated by Obi when he was governor of Anambra.

“I urge Obi to continue to develops and invest on humanity,” he said.

Speaking also, Rev. Fr. Mellitus Ossai, Chairman Diocesan Hospitals’ Management Board thanked Obi for the donation which he said would move the school of nursing and midwifery to the next level.

Ossia assured the former governor that the money donated would be channeled for the purpose it was meant.

“I assure you that the money will be used for the purpose of upgrading the school of nursing and midwifery to a college status.

“Silver and gold we have none to give you back but we will continue to remember you in our prayers,” he said.

UK-Kenya Nurse Deal: Kenya to Get a Cut From Nurses in Deal With UK

The government will get a percentage of the cash that Kenyan nurses will make in the UK following the deal made by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Prime Minister Boris Johnson in July.

The deal is similar to the one made by Kenya and Cuba, which saw the government get 100 Cuban doctors, with the Cuban government getting a cut.

It is not yet determined how much the nurses and the government will make, but Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache is scheduled to lead a delegation of senior Health and Labour officials to finalise the guidelines of the deal, sources revealed.

When the Sunday Nation reached out to Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe and PS Mochache on the issue, they both promised to issue a statement after consultations.

So far, 3,329 nurses have expressed interest in the jobs on offer and those who qualify are expected to travel to the UK mid-October. Much like the Cuban deal details of how the nurses will be remunerated remain unclear, with the British High Commission only announcing that the health professionals will work under the National Health Service (NHS).

The nurses who applied and travelled to the UK previously will also get an opportunity to apply for citizenship and earn 100 per cent of their pay.

However, the new cohort will have a special route to work in the UK. They will also be required to work in Kenya’s health sector for an agreed period of time.

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The nurses are required to have a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from a recognised institution, a license from the Nursing Council, a valid police clearance certificate and proof of that they are not employed.

Although it was not in the advertisement from the Ministry of Labour, the nurses are required to have at least 18 months experience. They will also will be required to take a multiple-choice English proficiency test and a computer-based test for UK nursing midwifery.

The British High Commission said there would be some positive outcomes from the partnership, such as a significant amount of money being sent home by the health workers.

“This can then be reinvested in employment within the local health sector or in additional training,” the Commission said in a statement.

The health workers unions have lauded the partnership, with the Kenya National Union of Nurses secretary-general Seth Panyako saying that although it is paradoxical that the government brought in Cuban doctors in the pretext that there were not enough Kenyan doctors, it is good that they have seen the need to give jobless nurses an opportunity.

“I support the move because we will have a chance for our nurses to bring in revenue to the country and support their families back home,” he said.

Kenya Union of Clinical Officers secretary-general George Gibore said he hopes clinical officers will soon get an opportunity to apply to work in the UK, noting that there are about 25,000 registered officers and only 7,000 of them are employed by the government.

“There is nothing wrong with this deal but we wish that the government would disclose the agreement so that we know how much the government is getting and how much the health workers will get,” he said.

While in the UK, President Kenyatta also witnessed the signing of the Kenya-UK Health Alliance, which will bring together UK and Kenyan institutions to improve cancer treatment for Kenyans,.

Source: Daily Nation

7,000 Nurses Leave Nigeria For Greener Pastures Annually ― Nursing and Midwifery Council

The Secretary-General/Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, Dr Faruk Abubakar has said that over 7,000 professional nurses leave the country for greener pastures.

According to him, this was a clear testimony that Nigeria has competent, efficient and hardworking professional nurses which he said, are among the best in the world.

Dr Faruk Abubakar stated this when he led members of the council to the Delta State Commissioner for health, Dr Mordi Ononye, in Asaba shortly before a five-day workshop for examiners engaged in nursing and professional examinations held in the state recently.

The secretary-general/registrar quipped: “In that respect, the council felt it is necessary that we maintain that standard and this is why in every two years we organise this workshop and make sure that the examiners that we assign and appoint to conduct professional examinations have updated knowledge in line with global practices.”

It would be recalled that Nigeria has witnessed increased migration of nurses to developed nations due to push factors such as low remunerations, poor governmental policies, poor working conditions and pull factors such as good working conditions, better pay which are offered by developed countries.

The Delta health Commissioner, Dr Ononye, however, decried the high rate of migration of Nigerian nurses to developed countries as worrisome which he said must be urgently looked into with the view to check its threat to Nigeria’s health system.

He said, “We have a situation where human resource experts, trained and skilled at great cost to the nation are lost to our health system by migration to already developed countries.

“This is worrisome to stakeholders in the health sector and we welcome practical suggestions for finding solutions to this problem.”

Lagos government arrests fake nurse three months after employment

The Lagos State Ministry of Health has said it had arrested a fake nurse, Olufunke Adegbenro, employed by the state three months ago.

Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, the state’s ministry of health spokesperson, said in a statement Thursday that the fake nurse was caught during one of the audit and verification exercises carried out by the Health Service Commission in partnership with the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives.

The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Muyiwa Eniayewun, said the verification exercise was to curb quackery and malpractice within the health sector.

“Adegbenro has been practising with fake certificates and professional licenses. She forged a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomosho, a National Youth Service discharge certificate, a registered Nurse Certificate and a practising license of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.

“Her appointment has been terminated and she has been handed over to the Nigeria Police Force for further investigation and prosecution. We hope this will serve as a deterrent to other quacks,” Mr Eniayewun said.

Mrs Adegbenro was employed by the Lagos State government during a recruitment exercise to cater for the shortage of manpower within the health sector.

Following her employment by the government, Mrs Adegbenro was deployed to Isolo General Hospital by the HSC where she discharged her duties before her arrest.

Mr Eniayewun said the verification exercise has been largely successful with reassuring results that will boost confidence in the public health sector.

“There is no hiding place for quacks and unqualified health workers in Lagos State, we are more determined now more than ever to fish and flush them out,” he said.

Meanwhile, the state has continued another phase of the recruitment exercise with successful candidates shortlisted to take a computer-based test.

Mr Eniayewun, who addressed the shortlisted candidates on Thursday, said due diligence and investigation would be conducted on the application and credentials of all applicants at every stage of the exercise stressing that only qualified candidates would be employed.

“The health sector is a sensitive sector where we cater for lives, as such, we have no tolerance for quackery and malpractices where human lives are involved.

“Any candidates who applied for any of the advertised positions and hoping to get employed to the State public service with fake, forged or doctored credentials should rethink their decision and opt-out now while they can or risk being caught and made to face the law.

“Even after this exercise, we will continue with our due diligence for shortlisted and employed candidates; this, we have been doing in collaboration with all the health professionals bodies and associations including through our regulatory agencies,” he said.

He warned that anyone caught with fake credentials risks arrest and possible jail term.

The official assured that the Health Service Commission will continue to ensure that only qualified human resources are employed and deployed to state-owned health facilities.

Source: Lagos government arrests fake nurse three months after employment – TODAY

Liberia Board for Nursing and Midwifery (LBNM) Launch Digital Online Licensing Examinations System

The Ministry of Health in partnership with the Liberia Board for Nursing and Midwifery (LBNM) in collaboration and its partners has launched Liberia’s first Digital Online Licensing Examinations System.

The online licensing exams system is intended to improve the LBNM’s operations and bring about professionalism as well as transparency in the country’s health sector. This system will also help students to be efficient and effective as well brings a high level of transparency.

The digital licensing exams system which was launched on September 17, 2021 in Monrovia, brought together health professionals from both public and the private sector, government officials including representative from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana among other partners.

Meanwhile Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, speaking during the event thanked the partners for the support. Dr. Jallah said who served as the chief launcher however described the step taken by the LBNM was incredible.

Minister Jallah further noted that as everyone welcomes the digital online examinations system, “we are now leaving the paper based exams behind. She however recommends that students throughout the year should be preparing for the digital exams.

However, Cecilia C. Kpangbala-Flomo, Registrar LBNM, said the initiative was made possible through the kind courtesy of US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services, UNFPA, and also supported by the New York University Rory Meyers Collage of Nursing. “Most importantly the Ghana Nursing and Midwifery Council was the first took the first step to support this process. 

According to Madam Flomo, Liberia is the second to embark on this initiative in the sub region, something which she sees as positive and a great achievement for the country’s health sector.

She further disclosed that it all started in March 2019 when the LBNM Board Chairman and the Registrar attended a meeting in Sierra Lone for the West African Collage of Nursing By-Annual Meeting.

She stated that at that meeting the team from Liberia listened to Mr. Felix Nyante, Registrar from Ghana Nursing and Midwifery Council when he presented on an online licensure exam in Ghana, the presentation she said they took interest and approach him (Nyante) so as to embark on this initiative. 

At the same time, she told the gathering that in June 2019 they also attended a Conference in Singapore where another presentation was done and draw them more closely to (Mr. Nyante) and “this time around he immediately accepted our proposal.” 

As we continue our quest to finding solutions to these enormous problems for our growing student’s population we have the government of Liberia stakeholder’s engagement which started with the LBNM board for approval to go ahead with this digital system today. It also brought together MOH and engaged our partner the National Commission on Higher Education who also embraced this initiative.

Madam Flomo also recalled in August 2021, two of its members including the Registrar (Cecilia C. Kpangbala-Flomo) visited the Ghana Nursing and Midwifery Council in Ghana on a study tour where the engagements with counterpart were concluded.

Meanwhile, giving a statistics of schools that they regulate across the country, she indicated that the LBNM have increased overtime in school population. According to her, in 2009 they had about eight (8) schools; and the students’ population for administrating the national board exams was around 200 candidates.

However, she added “when we hit 2014 our school population came up to about 17, being regulated and with this number we had a student population of 500 candidates sitting for the national board exams.”

Currently, they have about 23 schools that are being regulated, and out of that number they have student’s population of 900 and some more. Madam Flomo: “We also have about 18 new applicants who have applied and are currently going through the necessary processes of accreditation. As we know definitely when this number is added to the 23 it means our students population will also increase.”  

We have our traditional ways of administering exams which is called the (Paper Based Exams) the LBNM administered her first exam in 1956 from that year up to now we have been operating that system.

Over the years the use of paper based however had huge challenges raging from labor cost, time consumption, security risk, logistical constrains in terms of transporting test to long distances with deplorable roads, especially in the southeast of the country. Ghana’s Ambassador, Felix Nyante, said the partnership between Liberian and Ghana has come a very long way, this he said goes beyond what he calls diplomatic relations. I am glad that we are here to celebrate with the LBNM for this great achievement. He calls for continues collaboration with each other to ensure that the all other countries in the sub-region are supported.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Republic of Liberia.

Lagos NANNM arrests fake nurse with forged practising certificates (Photos)

A fake nurse, one Olufunke Adegbenro has been arrested by officials of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwifery (NANNM), Lagos State for allegedly practising with a fake licence.

It was gathered that the woman was employed in July 2021 as a nurse in the Isolo General Hospital by the Lagos State Health Service Commission.

According to the report by Punch, Adegbenro was caught during a verification exercise by officials of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwifery after allegedly collecting three months’ salaries from the state government.

The fake nurse had allegedly forged a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, a National Youth Service Corps discharge certificate, a registered nurse certificate from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, and a practising licence to get the job.

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The Chairman of the NANNM, Lagos State, Olurotimi Awojide, who confirmed the incident, said his attention was drawn to the incident after verification officers discovered the fraud.

He said, “About two weeks ago, we started our verification of practising licence in all our hospitals and the major reason was that we wanted to know those who had yet to renew their licence and that was when someone saw the licence and saw that it was different and not like others.

“Our attention was brought to it and as the chairman of the association, the licence was forwarded to me for scrutiny and I also confirmed that it was fake.

“I went to meet her to answer questions and get her documents. We invited policemen, who arrested her and took her to a police station. She did not deny any of the allegations; she confirmed that all the certificates with her were fake and the person that helped her to produce them was based in Ibadan.”

The matter was reported to the police at the Lions Building Police Station.

The Director of Nursing Services, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Olaide Animashaun, confirmed the arrest of the suspect but declined to comment on the matter.

Tanzania Government Keen on Improving Nurses, Midwives Welfare

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government has vowed to improve the welfare of nurses and midwives in Tanzania. To start with, it has announced plans of reviewing healthcare workers’ salaries and benefits. “The government remains committed to support such an important cadre in the society and we are more than ready to improve their welfare,” assured Health Minister, Dr. Dorothy Gwajima, while addressing nurses and midwives, who gathered here for the East, Central and Southern Africa College of Nursing (ECSACON) 14th Scientific Conference on Wednesday.

Likewise, Dr. Gwajima also assured that the government will continue treasuring midwives, noting that it will put more focus on training the health professionals. “Maternal and neonatal deaths still remain a challenge in Tanzania, we will therefore, continue training our women who play an instrumental role to introduce women to the health system and ensure that women and their babies receive a continuum of skilled care during pregnancy and childbirth,” she said.

According to Dr. Gwajima, nurses form 70 percent of all health workers in the country. Over the years, the government has vowed to continue employing nurses to cope with the rising demand in the health sector. Statistics show that about 80 percent of health services in the hospitals, health centres and dispensaries are provided by nurses. Earlier on, the Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services (DNMS), Saturine Manangwa observed that nurses had become front liners as the world grappled with COVID-19 pandemic.He called on ECSACON members to support the cadre.

“Mindful of what our colleagues are going through, I think it is just prudent to support them,” he added. The three-day gathering brings together nurses and midwives and other professional across the East Central and Southern Africa region and beyond to share knowledge and exchange professional experience for the purpose of improving the quality of health care services.

Some of the themes that will be discussed in the conference include “Revitalizing Primary Health Care through Astana Declaration, Beyond Zero Maternal and neonatal deaths”: The role of nurses and midwives and Nursing and Midwifery workforce in response to Global Diseases threats and Disasters. ECSACON is a professional body that aims to strengthen the nursing and midwifery profession in order to attain health for all in the ECSA region.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania Tel Aviv, Israel.

Shortage of Nurses Loom as Nurses and Midwives leave Korle Bu for UK

It has come to light that a record number of skilled nurses at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana’s biggest referral hospital, have left the facility for greener pastures abroad or in other Institutions within the country.

According to the 2021 Mid Year Report, not only young ambitious nurses are leaving but older highly experienced nurses are also abandoning the hospital for other Institutions within or outside of the country.

The preferred destination for skilled nurses and midwives seeking greener pastures abroad in the United Kingdom (UK) where those professionals are much respected and highly remunerated because of the high demand for the services they render.

The worrying phenomenon is happening at a time of the COVID-19 pandemic when the services of these health professionals are much needed.

The high attrition rate is a major challenge for authorities of the hospital who are doing their bit to retain the workers in the facility. The hospital currently has over seven thousand workers ( 7,079), according to the Director of Human Resources at the hospital.

Source: mynewsgh.com

Kenya to Send 20,000 Nurses To Help UK with Shortage

Kenya will send 20,000 nurses to the United Kingdom as it seeks to improve the welfare of its migrant workers abroad.

Labour and Social Protection Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui said the government has embarked on exporting highly skilled healthcare workers and professionals abroad.

On July 29, Kenya and the UK signed a pact that is expected to benefit unemployed medics.

Mr Chelugui disclosed that the two governments had agreed to send 20,000 nurses to the UK to address a shortage of 62,000 in that country.

The CS said the UK government has also committed to building the capacity of Kenya’s medical training colleges and universities to train more nurses.

Some 894 Kenyan nurses work in Britain’s public healthcare system, the National Health Service.

“We are exporting Kenyan nurses. Last month we were in London with President Uhuru Kenyatta and had discussions with the UK government, which agreed to take 20,000 of their 62,000 shortage of nurses trained in Kenya,” he said when he appeared at a meeting of the National Assembly’s Committee on Labour and Social Welfare in Mombasa.

“There is a benefit for us because our institutions are now being upgraded to international standards to offer training to fit the UK market.”

The first batch of nurses will leave Kenya by October 15.

The positions were advertised by the National Employment Authority. The government is evaluating applications before sending the documents to the Ministry of Health for confirmation and verification for interviews.

This is good news for at least 30,000 jobless Kenyan nurses and healthcare workers. Mr Chelugui said there are many opportunities for Kenyan migrant workers in the transport, medical and education sectors.

“Brexit is an opportunity for this country. The fact that Kenya’s education system, standards and language of instruction is English is a huge opportunity for our country. We are engaging our medical training schools to enhance capacity for the export market,” he said.

He said the government will streamline its labour migration sector to protect workers from exploitation.

“Migrant workers can contribute to development. In the last decade, remittances have significantly increased, reaching Sh310 billion from Sh1.04 billion in 2004,” he said.

“In 2020, Kenya, with Sh310 billion in diaspora remittances, was one of the top four highest remittance-recipient countries in Africa. Kenya lags behind Egypt (Sh2.9 trillion), Nigeria (Sh1.72 trillion) and Ghana (Sh360 billion).”

He said Central Bank of Kenya data shows that Kenyans in foreign countries sent home a monthly record of Sh34 billion ($315.8 million) in May, a 22 percent jump from the corresponding month last year.

“This is supported by higher flows from the US and Saudi Arabia. This is the first time diaspora remittances have crossed the $300 million mark, continuing to defy expectations of a dip due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Diaspora remittances are currently Kenya’s highest foreign exchange earner, having overtaken tea, coffee and tourism,” he added.

Mr Chelugui assured migrant Kenyan workers that the government will ensure their welfare is protected.

The government is also seeking to establish safe houses as temporary shelters for its citizens working abroad who are in distress before they transition to other employment or are repatriated.

This will be a relief to hundreds of Kenyans stranded in Gulf countries and elsewhere.

The State will also dispatch more labour attaches to countries where many Kenyans are working.

“Kenyans who have lost jobs are taken to deportation camps and sometimes they are mistreated or abused. But to protect Kenyans against such abuses we must allocate funds to establish safe homes. Other countries have done it,” Mr Chelugui said.

Statistics show that there were four million Kenyans in the diaspora in 2019, with over 200,000 in the Middle East. Of the total number, only 1.5 have been registered.

Data from the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection shows Kenyans work in Europe, the United States, Asia, Latin America, Canada, Australia, the Middle East and the Gulf region, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Rwanda, Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa.

The committee’s chairperson, Kabiga Wachira, urged the government to ensure that Kenyans are safe while working overseas.

“There are agents not complying with the rules. That’s why several migrant Kenyans are stranded. We have heard a lot of crying, especially on the ineffectiveness of our embassies in attending to their problems when they call in distress. Our embassies are not supporting our people,” he said.

But Mr Chelugui said his ministry will collaborate with those of Foreign Affairs and Interior to deal with rogue recruitment agencies.

He said the government has established three labour attache offices in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE but the number is inadequate.

“Saudi Arabia is almost the size of East and Central Africa and we only have one labour attache and yet we have the highest number of migrant workers (there). It is overwhelming. It’s almost humanly impossible for one person to handle 100,000 people,” he said, asking for more officers to be posted to the kingdom to address the challenges Kenyan workers face.

Hundreds of Kenyans working in the Middle East have been narrating their tribulations as workers in Gulf countries.

Source: Daily Nation