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

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.

Benue School of Nursing and Midwifery Students Protest non-payment of Allowances

Students of the Benue state School of Nursing and Midwifery have protested non payment of their N3,000 monthly clinical allowances and undue increases in their fees, among other sundry challenges.

They made their feelings known to newsmen who had visited the schools in Makurdi, on Friday, to get first hand information about the situation.

All the students that spoke to newsmen craved anonymity for fear of victimisation.

“Our clinical allowances of N3,000 monthly have not been paid for over six years now. Our fees have been increased from N50,000 to N80,000, without officially informing us.

“We are surprised at how the state Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the school authority, will be compelling us to pay the amount before we sit for our examination, when they did not give us prior notice about the increase,” they alleged.

They maintained that they got to know about the increase when they went to pay their fees and the accountant told them to pay an additional N30,000.

The school’s environment was very unhygienic to the extent that even toilet facilities were lacking, stressing that the situation compelled them to defecate in nearby bushes.

Similarly, they lamented that the schools lacked water, alleging that the authorities had turned deaf ears to their complaints, even when they were reminded time and again.

When contacted, the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Joseph Ngbea, frowned at the protest by the students, stating that it was an embarrassment to government and the ministry.

Ngbea denied that his office had no knowledge of any increase in the school fees, assuring that the students grievances would be looked into.

He lamented that he had a meeting with the students on campus on Monday, but they could not clearly articulate their grievances, and in the meantime, the students would be made to sign an undertaking before the schools could be reopened.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the schools had since been closed indefinitely following the protests.

Source: Vanguard

Valedictory Speech by Unimaid 2019/2020 Best Graduating Nursing Student

It is with a grateful heart to Almighty God, and a sense of humility that I receive this honour to be the valedictorian at this auspicious occasion of the combined induction of graduands of the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences of this great University.

Our hearts are filled with joy and gratitude that you all are here today to witness our induction and share in our celebrations despite your undoubtedly, busy schedules. The journey had started 5 or 6 years ago for most of us, but more for some of us who had academic hitches along the way. It had been tortuous but truly adventurous.

The day that I got admitted into UniMaid, I knew that it was a major step in many steps towards realising my innate potentials. I believe same is true for most of us graduands. The quest for knowledge led us through many obstacles that stood between us and our triumph, but we trudged on. Many of us can remember vividly the experiences in part one. We literally became nomads, moving from one lecture theatre to the other, with hundreds of students in the class. It was even a herculean task identifying who your classmates were.

The case was not too different when we were in part 2. A shout out to our lecturers: Baba Salami, who took several weeks to ensure that we learned everything about cell, John, the Guru, who made sure everyone understood what action potential was. Prof. Daja, who gave us short-guns; Prof. Sani who made us feel like we were neurosurgeons; and Mr Ani who always wants us to make presentations clear for everyone to understand. Ladies and gentlemen, these were some little things that made us who we are today.

My fellow graduating students, I congratulate you all for a job well done. We all know what it means to be a health science student. The competing demands of study, assignment deadlines, hectic lecture hours, tension of examinations, anxiety waiting for results, status and CGPA, clinical postings etc; and challenging ASUU strikes. Then, just when we thought it was remaining one semester for us to graduate, it became COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. We all went back home, hoping it could end within days, weeks, a month, but it took 10 months for us to resume school because the break was elongated by ASUU strike. When we resumed, things weren’t the same again, we had to wear face masks which made us look like Ninjas. With COVID-19 new-normal, we had to wash our hands all the time; we couldn’t shake or hug our friends, or even sit close to them all in the name of social distancing. It hasn’t been easy at all, but what matters most is that we triumphed.

Over the past years, we have learnt Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Sociology, Microbiology, Pathology, and our various departmental courses. Nursing Science, Medical Radiography, Medical Laboratory Science, we’ve attended lectures together, we meet during clinicals, the combined health week, the College quiz, this combined induction ceremony, everything is meant to Forster unity and future effective health team that ensure true professionalism in health sector. The knowledge and skills acquired will no doubt be the bedrock of our future careers. But, I think the most important things that we have learned among other things include patient centred care, stress management, anger management, how to build relationships and rely on each other, how to work together as a team, how to respect each other’s differences, and how much we need each other to succeed.

My fellow graduands, we all know the importance of teamwork and collaboration. Nothing we accomplish is done alone. We must not look down on each other. I believe nobody is superior to another, and the best amongst us is he who treats the patient best, with empathy, respect, dignity and compassion. We are all working towards improving patient care.

I would like to take a moment on behalf of myself and my fellow graduands, to thank the people without whom we wouldn’t be here today, the VC University of Maiduguri, the Provost College of Medical Sciences, the Dean Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, our various regulatory bodies, HODs, lecturers, clinical instructors, administrative staff, the Borno State government, the entire school management and others too numerous to mention. Sirs, Mmas, your efforts towards ensuring that we receive quality education by teaching, mentoring and inculcating the spirit of hardwork and excellence in us has finally paid-off. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s give a round of applause to this great Faculty. Not only do we excel in academics, we also excel in politics. This great Faculty produced a SUG president of this great institution in the year 2018/2019 academic session; a NUNSA national president for the year 2019/2020 ( A shout out to Farouk Mohammad Ahmad and Reuben MZ) and now a female Dean of Faculty, Prof. (Mrs) Ghali.

We say thank you to every parent, guardian, family member, and friends who have supported us throughout our education. Permit me to express gratitude to my beloved parents, Dr. Mustapha Bukar Gana and Late Aisha Mustapha Zanna of blessed memory, who brought me into this world, and all other parents, guardians and loved ones who are not here with us today. Permit me to also acknowledge my dear husband Dawud Wasaram for his love and support .

Finally, in saying a big congratulations to my fellow graduands once more, I’d like to remind you that our degree completion is not really an ending as much as a beginning as we enter the life of work and home. The battle just began. We must defend and protect the image of this great University. We must also defend the degree that has been awarded to us, and aim for even more and higher qualifications via continuous professional development programme. I challenge each of you to make a difference in whatever you do, stand up and do great things.

Let’s go out there and save lives!!!
God bless the University of Maiduguri.
God bless Borno State.
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Thank you all!

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Regina Askia a US Registered Nurse and Former Nollywood Actress Buy House in US

Nollywood veteran Regina Askia has bought a house in the United States of America.

The movie star and nurse shared the good news via her Instagram page on Thursday, September 30, 2021.

“Big news Thursday! This has indeed been a “September to Remember”! Presenting CHATEAU REGINA!!!! A lovely manor for me by me !!!!!! We thank God for all things good. ( Let’s get busy making this manor, fit for a Queen),” she wrote.

Askia was one of the on-screen divas of the late 90s after her acting debut in the then-popular NTA series Fortune as Tokunboh Johnson, a role which earned her critical acclaim.

She went on to appear in some of the most defining movies of the 1990s and early 2000s like Most Wanted, Suicide Mission, The President’s Daughter, Festival of Fire, Dangerous Babe, and Man Snatcher.

The 53-year-old is now a family nurse practitioner in New York where she resides with her husband of almost 17 years Rudolph Williams whom she shares two children with- a daughter, Teesa Olympia, and son, Rudolph Junior.

Regina has another daughter, Stephanie Hornecker, from a previous relationship.

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