Take advantage of “YouStart” – Ghana Nurses and Midwives urged

Nurses and Midwives should not put all their trust in the promise of Social and National Insurance Trust benefits but embrace the “YouStart” programme to create wealth and comfort even in their retirement.

They have been charged to be proactive and develop an entrepreneurial mindset to create value for money and make them financially independent.

Mr Franklin Owusu-Karikari, Director, Business Support and Policy, National Entrepreneurship and Innovation, gave the advice in Accra at the closing ceremony of a national Youth Boot Camp for Nurses and Midwives across the country to mark International Youth Day which falls on August 12.

The programme was organised by the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) on the theme: “Intergenerational Solidarity in Nursing and Midwifery: Creating An Opportunity For All Ages in Ghana.”

He said salaries alone cannot sustain the socio-economic expenditure of the citizenry and encouraged all to have other sources of income to meet the rising expenditure pattern of the individual.

Statistics revealed that 17.8 million people are unemployed, of which 2.2 million people are within the ages of 18-35.

Addressing the unemployment issue, Mr Owusu- Karikari said the Government introduced the “YouStart” programme in 2020 as a vehicle to support the youth to develop commercially viable businesses, gain access to capital, training and technical skills to enable them operate their businesses.

The YouStart programme, he stated, would support young graduates, school leavers and small businesses with soft loans of up to GHS 50,000 to expand their enterprises.

The initiative provides the youth-led enterprises with a standard loan package of between GHS100,000 to GHS 400,000 at concessional rates for Small and Medium Enterprises through the financial institutions.

The Ghana Enterprises Agency is implementing the programme in its 16 regional offices, business advisory and resource centres across the country.

Mr Owusu-Karikari urged health practitioners to seek for information and build their retirement future, saying, “you need to take your destiny into your hands and have other sources of income.”

Dr Samuel Adjorlolo, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Ghana, Legon advised health professionals to assist each other through mentorship and training to provide quality health care delivery.

Dr Adjorlolo called for unity among them, stating that there could not be growth in every institution without togetherness and social cohesion.

He called on the authorities to review the 30 per cent admission protocol reserved for the Ministry of Health into the School of Nursing and Midwifery to avoid politicisation of the profession.

Mrs Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo, the President, GRNMA, said the Association would continue to fight for the interest of its members to better their socio-economic circumstances.

She said the Association had established a Youth Committee to recognised the contribution of young health professionals and mentor them on issues relating to their operations to improve health care across the country.

Mrs Ofori-Ampofo advised the participants to be agents of change and impart positively on the knowledge they acquired in advancing the healthcare profession.

Mr Prince Opuni Frimpong, Chairman, Greater Accra, GRNMA, called on authorities to develop strategic policies to connect and support health professionals to improve service delivery.

UAE Eases Nursing Registration Requirement for Oversea Nurses

In a key development in the healthcare sector, nurses no longer require a two-year work experience to obtain a nursing licence in the UAE.

According to the latest ‘Unified Healthcare Professional Qualification Requirements’ published by the health authorities, registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing do not need to have at least two years of work experience post their qualification to apply for nursing licences in the UAE.

The new update has been issued jointly by the Ministry of Health and Prevention, the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, the Dubai Health Authority and the Sharjah Health Authority.

Until now, registered nurses needed a minimum of two years’ work experience after their degree to appear for licensing exams in the UAE. This relaxation will attract young and qualified talent to the UAE and will be a morale booster for nursing students and aspirants here, especially those from India and the Philippines.

Registered nurses with a degree in nursing of minimum two years course duration don’t need any work experience to get licences. However, their registration must be from Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.

Assistant nurses with a diploma of nursing with not less than 18 months course duration too need not have any work experience to get licences.

According to the ‘requirements and considerations’ section of the new update, nurses must be a graduate from a national and/or internationally recognised nursing college or university. For UAE graduates, the programme and the university must be accredited by the Ministry of Education.

Kuwait set to recruit 2,700 Indian Nurses

As a gesture of strengthening relations with India, Kuwait will receive 2,000 Indian nurses within two months, local media reported on Friday.

The newly recruited Indian nurses will join private hospitals in Kuwait as part of efforts to increase the numbers of Indian nurses working at the country’s health sector.

“The newcomers will arrive in Kuwait under a agreement struck by the Kuwaiti private health sector two years ago, but was stymied over the COVID-19 outbreak,” Arabic daily Al Rai quoted Indian Ambassador to Kuwait Sibi George as saying.

The agreement included the employment of a total of approximately 2,700 male and female nurses from India. About 700 of those nurses have arrived in Kuwait in the last six months and the rest will arrive in two months at best.

Indians are among the largest expatriate communities in Kuwait with foreigners making up nearly 3.4 million of the country’s total population of about 4.6 million.

NCPC boss commends Christian Nurses for providing hope to patients

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev. Yakubu Pam has commended the Fellowship of Christian Nurses, Nigeria, for using their position to preach and provide hope to patients.

A statement issued on Sunday by Godiya Mathew, the commission’s Information Officer, said Pam gave the commendation when officials of the Fellowship paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.

He described nursing as an honourable profession, which impacts on the life of the people.

“People pay careless attention to their work, but not so with the Fellowship of Christian Nurses who use the medium to also give hope to their patients by preaching about Christ to them.

“Nurses share the word of God to the sick. Aside giving them care on their ailments, they also share the word of God with them,” he added.

The executive secretary encouraged the nurses to give the right health education to the public as well as show more commitment to their duties anywhere they find themselves.

Earlier, the National President of the Fellowship, Abalis Dasat commended the executive secretary on the achievements recorded by the commission in the last two years.

He said that the Fellowship was set up to advance the Kingdom of God through collaboration for sustainable development.

Dasat also said that their mission was to equip and build the capacities of nurses and other health workers to be able to care for patients “in body, soul and spirit”.(NAN)

National Association of Nigeria Nurses, Midwives’ Chairman escapes kidnap attempt in Kaduna

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers attacked the Chairman, Kaduna State Council of National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Comrade Ishaku Yakubu, but fortunately, he escaped from being Kidnapped

The incident, which took place on Wednesday evening at Mararaban Rido, was described by many friends and relatives of the victim as God’s divine miracle.

Comrade Christiana John Bawa, Secretary of the association in Kaduna in a statement on Saturday, said bullets from the suspected kidnappers hit the passenger front seat of the vehicle.

Bawa, while thanking almighty for saving the life of the chairman, who escaped unhurt, noted that Kaduna State is now becoming too hot for people as bandits’ attacks have continued to rise beyond people’s expectations.

She advised residents of the state to always watch out for criminals and other bad elements in the state.

Mileu Therapy: How Environment Affects the Life of Patients and Caregivers


Is scientific restructuring of environment in order to effect behavioral changes and improve the psychological health & functioning of an individual (Skinner, 1979)


Components of therapeutic environment are:

1)privacy

2)safety & protection

3) comfort.


For the environment to be therapeutic must have these above listed 3 components, absence of any one can affect the therapy of a pt and care giver..that is why in most case TRANSFERENCE & COUNTER- TRANSFERENCE come to exist b/w pt and care giver in which emotional feelings is being transfer between patients and his care giver! Indeed environment is very vital in pt management: Florence Nightingale’s philosophy and techniques emphasized that Healing environment assist pt in recovery!


The concept of therapeutic environment originated in 1959 with Maxwell Jones . He used the therapeutic environment as a treatment modalities that create a correction life experience & nature the healthy aspect of personality that : Manipulation of living conditions including physical facilities, types of therapy & interpersonal relationship would be effective in fostering healthy changes!


Among PRINCIPLES OF THERAPEUTIC MILIEU/ENVIRONMENT are :-

a) basic physiological needs are fulfilled

b)ppl need living &working situation that allow them to feel safe from outside instruction

c) physical facilities are conducive to achievement of goals. And

e) Democratic form of self government exist!


Sincerely speaking the situation we are now in this very institution is not therapeutic, the principal of therapeutic environment is no longer in existing, if the environment become therapeutic and attractive to the staff the organizational goal could be achieved no matter the situation. People left their towns/States and their families to the environment where they think they will spent most of their lives but all in vain… Those responsible should fear Allah and make our environment therapeutic and attractive! For a employee to feel at home and proud of what he is doing environment must be conducive , if not the organizational goal may not be achieved!


I M calling with a strong voice as a Mental healthy/psychiatric nurse that people should fear God avoid using their temporary opportunity and making our environment non-therapeutic, & do anything possible that may promote the wall fare of the employees so that the therapeutic environment and organizational goals could be achieved!


When we are today we are not tomorrow! We will all account for our action on the day of judgment! Long live FTH KT , long live federal republic of Nigeria!

Atiba University gets accreditation to run Nursing, Medical Lab Science programmes

Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has granted full accreditation to run a Bachelor of Nursing Science programme as well as approval for the commencement of the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science programme by the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria to the Atiba University, Oyo state.

This is a result of an accreditation visit to the University by the regulatory bodies in April 2022. With this full accreditation and approval status, Atiba University students can now sit for the relevant examinations of these regulatory agencies and at the same time obtain the necessary certifications for practice.

In a release by the University, the management of Atiba University on behalf of the President/Founder, Board of Trustees and the Governing Council appreciated all staff, parents as well as other significant stakeholders for their invaluable contributions, their full support and encouragement at all times.

Elated by the development, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Sunday Okeniyi appreciated the Founder of Atiba University, James Adesokan Ojebode, PhD, JP, ALA for his constant support, and congratulated him for the outstanding attainments the University is recording in line with his vision and mission of providing qualitative education to the teeming youths of this nation.

The Vice-Chancellor affirmed his belief that Atiba University has come to stay in its quest to fulfilling the mandate of being a repository creator and disseminator of knowledge as well as producing highly qualified graduates and will continue to meet the educational needs of Nigeria in the years ahead. He used the occasion to call all parents and admission seekers to make Atiba University their University of the first choice.

Source: Tribune

2023: Don’t vote any politician involved in medical tourism – Nigerian Nurses to electorates

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Nurses, under the auspices of the University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), have admonished Nigerians on whom not to vote.

This formed part of the communique issued by the association at its conference in Abakaliki, on Thursday.

The communique made available to DAILY POST was signed by the UGONSA National President, Chief (Hon.) S.E.O. Egwuenu, and the National Secretary, Nurse G.I. Nshi.

The association said it was beyond shame that the Nigerian health system that once ranked among the best ten in global ranking and benefited from medical tourism treating the likes of the Saudi Royals in the 1960s, was now celebrating that its ranking improved from 187 out of 191 countries.

“How do we come to terms with the Federal Ministry of health’s estimation that Nigeria loses about $2 billion (1.1 trillion naira) annually to Medical Tourism? It is heart wrecking, especially when it is obvious that this money, if put together over the next five years and deployed for the upgrade of our health facilities, health research capabilities, and healthcare infrastructures, can launch our health system to among the best five in the world.

“Rather than pay attention to fixing our health system, our politicians are shamelessly busy competing on whom to win the ignoble title of ‘Medical Tourist 1 of Nigeria.’

“Our hospitals are in shambles because our politicians and their families are not treated in our hospitals. Our hospitals will be fixed to be in the world-class ranking any day our political class starts getting treatment from our hospitals.

“It is high time medical tourism became a topic for the acceptance or rejection of politicians at the polls. Politicians who seek treatment abroad are directly telling other Nigerians that it is their own lives alone that matter and that the rest of us are sub-humans that deserve to be treated in the ‘mere consulting clinics’ they have egregiously reduced our hospitals to.

“The callousness and insensitivity of our politicians to our health system have forced seasoned healthcare professionals, especially doctors and nurses, to seek shelter in the responsive health system of other countries with responsible leaders where their skills, professional development, and remuneration are enhanced. Ironically, our politicians are treated abroad by these same seasoned Nigerian healthcare professionals that left our health system abroad out of sheer frustration.

“The poor performance of our health system in global ranking has never been the fault of our healthcare professionals. It is a systematic fault of not putting the right facilities and motivation in place by the country’s successive leadership to enable our healthcare professionals to replicate the type of wonders they have been performing when they travel abroad in our own health system.

“The monies wasted on medical tourism are enough to rejig our health system and make a competing payment to the healthcare professionals that will dissuade those currently practicing in the country from contemplating going abroad and compel those that have left for greener pastures to return home.

“It is an affront to our collective sensibility to see our politicians abandon our hospitals that they have run aground through age-long fund deprivation and neglect for the treatment of helpless Nigerians that elected them, while they themselves jet out abroad at the slight of a headache to be treated in well organized, well-furnished, and well-funded hospitals with taxpayers’ monies. Such is abominable and unacceptable and must not be allowed to continue,” UGONSA lamented.

The group charged Nigerians “to get their permanent voter’s cards (PVC), prepare to vote out, and never vote for any politician who has a penchant for embarking on medical tourism abroad.

“Politicians whose pastime is medical tourism have testified that they do not believe in the Nigerian system. If our health system is not good for you, our political system should also not be good for you.

“The level of corruption among our politicians is very pathetic as it is obvious that we now practice ‘Lootocracy’ instead of ‘Democracy.’

“The spate of borrowing for consumption and re-looting with no obvious commensurate project on ground is unacceptable to nurses as it is to the generality of Nigerians.

“We, therefore. strongly call for accountability and transparency in governance to rescue the country from its economic doldrums occasioned by financial profligacy as this will have an unimaginable economic enslavement of our unborn future generation.

“The spate of insecurity in this country is also a severe concern to nurses as it has callously led to loss of precious lives that nurses strive to protect and preserve.

“We call on both States and Federal Government to do more in the area of security to tame the ugly trend of worsening insecurity.”

UGONSA also thanked the Head of Civil Service of the Federation for releasing the circular for the proper placement of graduate nurses that was approved by the National Council on Establishment (NCE) at its 43rd meeting held in Abuja in January 2022 and called for its speedy implementation in all health institutions where nurses work.

It, however, said, “Any delay in implementation of the circular will amount to further traumatization of the already traumatized and frustrated nurses who have been psychologically and financially bruised by the inexplicable injustice of under placement meted on them in the civil service over the years despite their unalloyed loyalty to Nigeria and to the patient.”

Source: Daily Post

How to Apply for Nigeria Police Report Online

For Police Character Certificate

  • Go to the website https://possap.gov.ng/
  • Select login/sign up -then click on sign up
  • Select the box before individual
  • For Identification type select either NIN or BVN based on what is you currently have with you. If you can’t remeber either of them dial 346# to check your NIN and #5650# to check your BVN.
  • Supply your number and click Proceed. This will verify your details and you wil be able to proceed. If however your detail is incorrect, you won’t be able to proceed beyond this level.
  • On the next page complete the form by supplying your gender, state of origin, LGA, your address, phone number and your username and password.
  • A Verification code will be sent to your email and phone number so it is important to input the right email and phone number.
  • Input the verification code and click ok then -login with your email and password just created.

Next:

  • Select service type, individual then police character certificate
  • Click on proceed button, all the information earlier filled will be displayed and you can then click on proceed, accept the terms and conditions.
  • Request type: Pick International
  • Reason for enquiry: Select traveling or select as appropriate
  • Fill-in destination country eg UK or Canada
    -Place of issue of international passport
    -Date of issue of international passport
    -Have you previously been convicted yes or no click as appropriate
    -Upload current passport photograph (2MB max)
    -Upload international passport data page (2 MB Max)
    -Select Police Command to request character certificate
    -Request confirmation; select: I accept the terms of use
    Click generate invoice

Select pay online
(copy and keep payment reference receipt to make payment)
-Enter card details and make payment
-Click on make payment option for option of transfer/USSD

Please Note:

  • The Nigeria Police Force reserves the right to approve or deny your request based on its guidelines or availability of resources.
  • You will be required to pay a non-refundable application fee.
  • If approved, you will be required to pay a fee for this service (application processing).
  • Approved request requires at least 24 hours for processing and issuance.
  • Enquiries can be made through the following info@possap.gov.ng or call: 018884040.

Turkey Visa from UK: How To Apply for Turkey Tourism Visa

Turkey last week removed Nigeria, Ghana and some African countries from the list of countries that can apply for eVisa and this has further caused confusion how to apply for Turkey Visa from UK, in this article I will breakdown the application process.

Below are the requirements for Turkish tourism visa application for residents of the UK who can’t apply through the online eVisa:

Requirements for Visa Application

  1. Visa application form which will be provided to you at the centre
  2. Passport which must be valid beyond the duration of your visit
  3. Recent passport photograph taken within the last 6 month
  4. Your UK BRP or work permit
  5. Two months bank Statement showing you have at least £40 per day for the total duration of your journey
  6. Two month payslips
  7. Booked Hotel
  8. Booked return flight
  9. Insurance covering the total period of your stay

Note: Original of all the documents must be taken to the Visa application centre, photocopy or screenshots of documents won’t be accepted.

Application fees

Application fees for tourism/visit visa for Turkey cost £147 for single entry and £243 for multiple entry. This fees must be paid in cash or transfer at the Visa application collection centre.

Booking of Appointment

Turkey Visa appointment can be booked via https://voyavisa.setmore.com/bookappointment

Book an appointment 30 days before your travel. (The earliest you can apply is 60 days before your travel; Otherwise, you will not be allowed to apply)

Be prepared with your documents

Attend an appointment at Ground Floor, 1A Saint Mary Abbots Place, Kensington, W8 6LS, London

Do not arrive early and do not wait in the courtyard

There may be occasional 1-3 hour delays. This is normal

Do not use offensive language or inappropriate behaviour

Comply with Covid Guidelines. Do not attend without a mask

We do not give status updates for applications

There are no premium or emergency visas available!

Contact Voya Visa

uk@voyavisa.com
+447833993008

1A, GROUND FLOOR, Saint Mary Abbots Place, Kensington, W8 6LS, London

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