WHO Approves World First Malaria Vaccine-Mosquirix for Use in Africa

The World Health Organization has recommended the widespread rollout of the first malaria vaccine, in a move experts hope could save tens of thousands of children’s lives each year across Africa.

Hailing “an historic day”, the WHO’s director general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that after a successful pilot programme in three African countries the RTS,S vaccine should be made available more widely.

“I started my career as a malaria researcher, and I longed for the day that we would have an effective vaccine against this ancient and terrible disease. And today is that day, an historic day. Today, the WHO is recommending the broad use of the world’s first malaria vaccine,” Tedros said at a press conference in Geneva.

The RTS,S vaccine, also known as Mosquirix, was developed by the British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and has been administered to more than 800,000 children in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi since the pilot programme began in 2019.

The vaccine, which went through lengthy clinical trials, has limited efficacy, preventing 39% of malaria cases and 29% of severe malaria cases among small children in Africa over four years of trials.

However, in August a study led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) found that when young children were given both the RTS,S and antimalarial drugs there was a 70% reduction in hospitalisation or death.

“Using this vaccine in addition to existing tools to prevent malaria could save tens of thousands of young lives each year,” said Tedros on Wednesday. “It is safe. It significantly reduces life-threatening, severe malaria, and we estimate it to be highly cost-effective.”

He added: “Malaria has been with us for millennia, and the dream of a malaria vaccine has been a long-held, but unattainable dream. Today, the RTS,S malaria vaccine, more than 30 years in the making, changes the course of public health history. We still have a very long road to travel. But this is a long stride down that road.”

There have been fears that decades of progress towards ending malaria has stalled, with some countries, such as Eritrea and Sudan, seeing significant resurgences in recent years. In 2019, 409,000 people died from the mosquito-borne parasite disease, most of them in Africa. More than 270,000 of the victims were children under five.

But experts hope the WHO’s announcement will re-energise the race to find other vaccines, a quest that has been going on for almost a century.

Earlier this year, scientists at the Jenner Institute of Oxford University said a vaccine they had developed had shown results that would make it the first to meet the WHO goal of 75% efficacy. Over 12 months the vaccine showed up to 77% efficacy in a trial of 450 children in Burkina Faso. Larger trials are now beginning, involving 4,800 children in four countries.

Thomas Breuer, GSK’s chief global health officer, said: “GSK is proud that RTS,S, our groundbreaking malaria vaccine, developed over decades by our teams and partners, can now be made available to children across sub-Saharan Africa.

“This long-awaited landmark decision can reinvigorate the fight against malaria in the region at a time when progress on malaria control has stalled. Both real-world evidence and clinical trial data show that RTS,S, alongside other malaria prevention measures, has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives.”
A child is given seasonal malaria chemoprevention in Goundri, north-east of Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou.
Malaria trial shows ‘striking’ 70% reduction in severe illness in children
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GSK said it was committed to supplying up to 15m doses a year at no more than 5% above the cost of production, and would now work with partners, funders and governments to support additional supply of the vaccine.

Professor Sir Brian Greenwood from the LSHTM said: “The RTS,S vaccine does not provide complete protection but this decision is testament to the global health community’s drive and vision to find a way forward. As part of a tailored approach it has great potential to reduce death and illness in high burden areas, especially when combined with other interventions such as seasonal malaria chemoprevention and bed nets, and be a huge boost to malaria control efforts.”

Gareth Jenkins, director of advocacy at the charity Malaria No More, said the announcement was “a truly historic moment” and “another critical step in building our armoury of weapons” against malaria.

Noting the role played by GSK in the development of the RTS,S vaccine, he called on the UK government to continue to invest in cutting-edge research that could “finally bring about a zero-malaria world”.

“This complex, but preventable and treatable disease, causes hundreds of millions of infections each year, risking lives and livelihoods, trapping people in poverty in some of the poorest countries in Africa, and creating ‘disease blind spots’ which threaten our own health security at home. If we save lives from malaria today, we can also protect ourselves against the diseases of tomorrow,” he said.

Nigeria Nurse and Founder of Naija Nurses Facebook Group Wins $50,000 Facebook Grant

A Nigerian Nurse and one of the founders of Naija Nurses Forum on Facebook Nurse Urhefe Ofejiro is among the 13 lucky winners of the 2021 Facebook Community Accelerator Programme. Each of the 13 participants will receive training, mentorship and up to $50,000 in funds to invest in an initiative that extends their community’s positive impact.

Naija Nurses Forum, established in 2012 by Kunle Emmanuel, is is a community for nurses across Nigeria who collaborate in providing quality and accessible healthcare services to individuals, whilst supporting each other and sharing best practices in their profession.

The Community Accelerator is part of Facebook’s Community Leadership Programme, a global initiative that invests in people building communities. Leaders will learn how to harness the power of their community to turn impactful ideas into action. Facebook while announcing the winners said:

“We are excited to announce the 13 Facebook community leaders in Africa who have been helping to resolve social challenges, empowering their audiences with knowledge while connecting with others that share their interests or passion for a cause.” Kiran Yoliswa, partner management lead, Middle East and Africa Community Partnerships at Facebook said.

“At Facebook, we are committed to helping people realise their full potential through initiatives like this. We want these community leaders to use the Facebook platform to drive change and provide support and encouragement for thousands of people. We are impressed with the outcome of this year’s Community Accelerator and we look forward to helping our 2021 community Accelerator winners amplify their influence for greater work.”

MCPDP for Nurses 2021: Ebonyi State MCPDP Schedule for Nurses October, 2021

The Ebonyi State MCPDP Implementation Committee whishes to inform all Nurses and Midwives that the MCPDP workshop is slated for 11th to 15h Oct,2021. Prospective participants can pay their registration fees into:
Bank: GTB
Account Name: Ebonyi state MCPDP
Account number:0044237917
Amount: #20,000.00
Venue: Nurses house Edda achara
After payment, pls visit
www.ebonyimcpdp.org to register on-line. Keep ur evidence of payment ( Teller) and present it on day one of the workshop for registration..
Thank you!
For Further inquires contact
Nrs Okah Chibuike
Nrs Nweke Nnamdi

ABUTH 2021/2022 School of Perioperative Nursing Admission List

The Chief Medical Director has approved the following candidates for admission into the School Of Post Basic peri Operative Nursing Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria for 2021/2022 session

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Prof. Mrs Victoria Bam Insist Govt Must Invest in Training Nurses, Midwives

The government must, as a matter of urgency, invest in specialised training of nurses and midwives across the country to improve expert care given to patients and reduce mortalities resulting from coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and other infectious diseases.

A Professor at the Department of Nursing of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Prof. Mrs Victoria Bam, who made the call, said, taking a cue from the impact of COVID-19 had had on the health system globally, it was crucial that nurses and midwives who form the majority of health professionals were equipped with requisite skills to sustain gains made towards achieving universal health coverage(UHC).

Prof. Bam was speaking at the 6th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and 3rd Scientific Conference of the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives (GCNM) in Accra yesterday.

The four-day conference on the theme “Prioritising and promoting nursing and midwifery specialisation towards a sustainable UHC in a pandemic era,” saw the induction of 79 members and 99 associate members into the College.

Prof. Bam, submitted, that training received by a general nurse or midwife in the area of infectious disease control and managing pandemics like COVID-19, in Ghana, was inadequate.

More worse, she said, was the rise in non-communicable diseases coupled with “our inadequate system of waste, environmental management and the slow pace of behavioural changes which challenges our healthcare delivery system.”

“The double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases makes the pandemic a threat to the progress we have made towards sustaining UHC and a crop of nurses and midwives are needed with the specialisation to lead and support the majority of nurses and midwives in fighting the pandemic,” she urged.

The public health nurse specialist proposed telehealth (the use of digital information and communication technologies, such as computers and mobile devices, to access and manage health care services remotely), as a specialised area the government could immediately leverage to adequately respond to health needs in the country.

“It is an opportune time to promote this specialisation in the face of increase in the number of mobile phones ownership and improved technology usage.

With Ghana using the community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) programme as a major strategy towards achieving UHC, specialist nurses and midwives can provide the needed and timely support to those working in these areas in order to minimiSe complications and prevent mortalities,” she stated.

A Deputy Minister of Health, Alhaji Mahama Seini eulogised nurses and midwives for their invaluable contribution to the country’s COVID-19 response so far.

He recognised that Ghana could not attain UHC without the role of nurses and midwives, and expressed the commitment of the ministry to ensure that the health system had the right mix of professionals to handle emergencies.

The President of the GCNM, Dr Abigail Kyei, pleaded with the ministry to fast- track efforts at getting a permanent accommodation to fit the status of the College.

“Our College has been residing in hired premises since its inception and that do not meet our administrative and academic needs. It is interesting that in the whole of Africa, no country has established a College for nurses and midwives except Ghana, as such, if we have taken up the beacon position, then let us shine brightly,” she said.

Source : Ghanaian Times

School Of Nursing Calabar Matriculates 100, Best Graduating Student Pockets #500, 000 Cash

Cross River state in the last 12 months has recorded unprecedented heights in the health sector and the nursing profession in particular. For the first time in history, Governor Ayade achieved full accreditation of all Schools of Nursing in Cross River state with increased intake approval from 30 intake capacity to 100-150 across the schools. He increased the tempo by achieving the first College of Nursing Sciences in the South-south zone of Nigeria.

With the number of students admitted into the School of Nursing Calabar raised from 30 to 100 after full accreditation amongst other outstanding achievements under the Honorable Commissioner for Health Dr. Betta Edu, the School has today matriculated and capped 98 Students for the academic year with two due. The matriculation event had the Honorable Commissioner for Health Dr. Betta Edu as the Special Guest of Honor also had in attendance the Dean, Faculty former DNS, Dr. Mrs. Christy Ekpe as the Chairman of the Occasion, Director General of the CRSPHCDA Dr. Janet Ekpenyong, the Director of Nursing Dr. Mrs. Pauline Obute, the Director of Administration Mr. John Ukwu, the NANNM Chairman Comrade Josephine Bassey, the wife of the Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly Mrs. Imabong Eteng Williams, the Principal of the School Mrs. Joy Nelson Obeten and a host of other important dignitaries.

Speaking to the Students during the Matriculation Ceremony, Dr. Edu applauded the efforts put forth by parents. She called on the Students to sacrifice these 3years for intense studies stating the many successes that Governor Ayade’s administration has so far recorded to ensure they get a more comfortable learning environment.

“Let me start by congratulating you all for getting this far even though the journey has just begun. Your parents and even the state Government have sacrificed so much to provide the best of learning standards with a comfortable environment for studies. You must sacrifice these 3years to study hard so you can make everyone, including the State proud. As a means of encouragement, I’ll give out half a million naira to the best graduating Student in this set. The state will strive to make this another College of Nursing before 2023 ends to avail you of the opportunity of going for NYSC. CRS and the entire Society depend on you to graduate, serve the state and save lives. I welcome you all into the School on behalf of our amiable Governor Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade and his dear wife Dr. Linda Ayade.”

In her welcome address, the Principal of the School Mrs. Joy Nelson Obeten thanked the State Governor for his unending support towards the School, the Health Commissioner Dr. Betta Edu for her tremendous efforts and wonderful achievements that have brought about positive and lasting changes to the School which today has gained full accreditation status amongst others. “We’re blessed to have a Governor like Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade with a Commissioner who has sacrificed her all to raise this School to this standard. our highly cherished Parents I say thank you and God bless you.

Amongst those who gave their goodwill messages, the Chairman of the occasion Dr. Mrs. Christy Ekpe appreciated the hard work of the Health Commissioner who has recorded tremendous achievements and has transformed the health sector while charging the Students to focus on their studies so they can come to fill the gap of poor manpower capacity in the health sector. The Director-General of the CRSPHCDA Dr. Janet Ekpenyong on her part commended the leadership of Dr. Betta Edu in the health sector that has so far yielded many positive results, she assured the students of the job opportunities upon graduation. Dr. Pauline Obute, Comrade Josephine Bassey, and Deaconess Abasi Offiong Offiong in their Goodwill Messages charged the Students to put their studies/academics first before anything else. The wife of the speaker Mrs. Imabong Eteng Williams assured the school of nursing Calabar that the CRS house of Assembly will enact laws to create the college of Nursing sciences Calabar.

Highlights of the event were the capping/pinning of all the 98 matriculating Students, presentation of Award of Excellence to Dr. Mrs. Christy Ekpe, Dr. Mrs. Pauline Obute, Mrs. Imabong Eteng Williams, and Deaconess Abasi Offiong Offiong for their immense contributions to the growth and development of the Nursing profession by the Honorable Commissioner and the Director-General of the CRSPHCDA. With the recent renovation and equipping of the School, by the State Ministry of Health and UNFPA, Matriculated Students will now study in very comfortable and serene environments

Why Nigerian Nurses Find It Difficult Attending Zoom and Other Online Meetings

Nigerian Nurses have taken to social media to give reasons why it is difficult attending Zoom and other online meetings. The conversation which was stirred by a social media commentator and Deputy Director of Nursing Services in Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Olufemi Iseyemi Folakemi has shed more light into why most online meetings in the Nursing community in Nigeria record low attendance.

The initial question posted by DDNS Olufemi was:
Let us state our reasons so that we can find out ways of solving this problem. E-learning has come to stay, we cannot run away from it. This is a sure way by which we can redeem our professional image and upgrade our status. Pls be sincere, let’s have your comments!
and some of the reasons given include:

“Yes, you are very correct in your point and observation, but I think… Shift, duty engagement, and other personal reasons are a major reasons why it’s so. This era of face mask and epidemics handling phone for a zoom meeting with mask, gloves and PPE.. not funny .”

“Work stress and shift patterns makes it difficult for me personally because I tend to forget till the whole thing is over”

“Shortage of man power
It’s 1 Nurse to 20 patients.
Where is the time for zoom meeting???”

“Sometimes network problem. You may not even gain anything or enjoy the meeting if there is network problems.
2)Zoom use to consume data.
3)Time factor-The time slated for the meeting may not be continent for majority to participate due to the nature of our job.”

” Place of work,Shift duty,department/unit and other engagement are the factor If one is working in a busy hospital and posted to A&E,icu,theatre or labour room, my dear liv zoom aside the patients first”

“Reasons are:

1) We are so engrossed with work that we have to time to engage in another thing.

2) secondly, Most times, over work will render you useless that after work, u can’t even do any other useful thing for yourself.

3) thirdly, our leaders don’t even care about what our salaries are, how can you expect someone who is not making up to 50k at least in a month to be zooming? You know is not feasible.
4) Lastly, work environment. Most hospitals do not use EMR, and some that does, do not allow nurses use the hospital system or internet since the use of phone at work is prohibited. “

” Not wen am on duty and Cameras everywhere u want me to be doing zoom meeting .”

Source: https://www.nursesarena.net/326/why-nigerian-nurses-find-it-difficult-attending-zoom-and-other-online-meetings.html

College of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences Itigidi (CONMSIT) Cross River Gets Accreditation

The Honourable Commissioner for Health Dr. Betta Edu has led the Governing Council and Management team of the College of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences Itigidi (CONMSIT), on a special thank you/courtesy visit to His Excellency Senator Prof. Ben Ayade to intimate him on the Newly attained accreditation status of the first ever College of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences in the South- South Geopolitical Zone of Nigeria. another giant stride in the CRS health sector under Dr Betta Edu’s watch.

Sen. Ben Ayade Governor of Cross River state who received the Accreditation certificate and delegation in his office Expressed his satisfaction and congratulated the Honorable Commissioner for health Dr Betta Edu, the Governing Council and the Management team and other Stakeholders for delivering on the mandate bestowed on them, am impressed at the speed at which things are achieved in the health sector, He assured the team of his continuous support and commitment towards making the maiden College of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences in the South-South Geopolitical Zone a Model and a Citadel of professional and academic excellence.

“I had great confidence in Dr Betta Edu when I appointed her Commissioner for Health as I knew she’ll give me the expected result, the Council has done a great job and am very proud of this huge achievement. For this record breaking achievement, issues bothering this Council will be looked into and given speedy attention.”

On her part the Health Commissioner Dr Betta Edu applauded the Governor for prioritizing the health sector and making the entire process that led to this achievement seamless. “Cross Riverians are blessed to have you as their Governor Your Excellency, in your administration the health sector has always come first and so is the health of every cross riverian. You’ve made us record outstanding successes by supporting us morally, intellectually and financially.

“We couldn’t have come this far without your exceptional Leadership, today because of your fatherly support and tireless effort our health sector is ranked top on many fonts, all our Schools and Colleges have gained full accreditation with an increased benchmark in intake of students, our General Hospitals across the State are wearing new looks, today we’re to house the first ever College of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences in the entire South South Zone, the health insurance has finally become a success story and Cross Riverians will start taking up services in August. Your Excellency the achievements are just too numerous to mention and as such we’ve come to say thank you for supporting and believing in us while reassuring you that we’ll keep doing more to see that we all finish strong.”

The Chairman of the Governing Council Dr. Margaret Mombel Opiah in her remarks thanked His Excellency for finding the team worthy of this enormous assignment while expressing satisfaction on the level of commitment demonstrated by the Governor as it concerns the health of Cross Riverians. She went further on behalf of the Governing Council and the Management team of the College to express her profound gratitude to the Governor for the level of transformation, direction, and support in turning around the health care sector of CRS.

CRS has successfully Upgraded the School of Nursing to a College of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences in line with the 2023 deadline given by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) and also achieved approval and accreditation from Regulatory Bodies to commence operations as a College leading to the award of ND/HND to graduates of the College. Due to the Digitally and Radical reformation of the health sector under Dr Betta Edu’s watch we’re proud to inform you that all is well. Today, Cross River State now house the Zonal Office of the NMCN for ease of regulation of Nursing practices, education and other related matters for professionals.

Also in the team were the Provost of College (CONMSIT) Mrs. Ruth Ebong, The Director Nursing Services CRSMOH Dr. Pauline Obute and the State Chairperson of NANNM CRS Comrade Nurse Josephine Ikpeme Bassey. They all used the opportunity to Congratulate the Governor, for his innovation in the health sector especially the deployment of Drones to deliver drugs and medical consumables of low density to hard-to-reach areas and Dr Edu for her result oriented nature.

Highlights of the visit witnessed the presentation of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) Approval and Accreditation Letter to His Excellency by the CRS Commissioner for Health and Chairman of Council Dr. Margaret M. Opiah and also an Award presentation as “Nurses friendly Governor” on His Excellency by the State Chairperson of NANNM CRSC Comrade Josepine Ikpeme Bassey.

Source: This Day

Indian actor Mohanlal fulfils his promise to nurses in UAE

In a touching tribute to the UAE’s frontline warriors, Indian superstar Mohanlal visited Burjeel Medical City on Monday and conveyed his gratitude to the nurses for their relentless service in the fight against the coronavirus.

Last year, on International Nurses Day, he had called several nurses working in different emirates to commend them for their role in combating the Covid-19 pandemic. During the telephonic conversation with the actor, nurse Sonia Chacko had a special request.

“When are you coming to meet us in the UAE, Laletta?” she asked the star. The actor replied: “I will visit the frontliners, including you, once the pandemic is under control and the travel restrictions are eased.” A year later, the actor has made good on his promise by visiting the nurses who have been bravely battling the pandemic from the frontlines. The 15 nurses that he spoke with last year are thrilled that he kept his word. While some of them travelled from Sharjah, Dubai and Al Ain to meet him, the others interacted with him on the big screen.

Chacko can barely contain her excitement. “When he called last year to wish me on International Nurses Day, I had requested him to meet us the next time he comes to the UAE. I can’t believe my wish has come true. This is indeed a memorable occasion for all of us nurses. Such gestures inspire us and fill us with positivity,” she said.

The actor interacted with the medical staff in an event organised by VPS Healthcare, which owns Burjeel Medical City. John Sunil, regional chief executive officer, Burjeel Hospitals, welcomed the actor to the event.

The actor, among the select few Indians who have been granted the UAE’s Golden Visa, spent some time interacting with the nurses and thanked them for their service. “Nurses and doctors are the real heroes in these challenging times. I am happy that I could come here and greet you all. You have been dispensing an invaluable service to the community at a difficult time like this. I appreciate your courage and sacrifices and thank you from the bottom of my heart,” said Mohanlal, who also thanked Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, chairman and managing director of VPS Healthcare, for inviting him to the event.

One of the nurses asked him if he would consider staying in the UAE for a longer duration now that he has received the golden visa. “I first visited the UAE 40 years ago and it is like my second home. If you insist, I will come and stay here,” he said on a lighter note.

When registered nurse Sinu from Burjeel Royal Hospital, Al Ain, asked him how he handles work stress, he said: “This is my 44th year in movies. If you have commitment, gratitude, the fire to succeed and most importantly, the grace of God, you can overcome such pressures. I wish that all of you are abundantly blessed with these qualities.”

For Maria Du Plooy, registered nurse at Burjeel Medical City, who had only heard of Mohanlal from her colleagues, meeting the actor was a special moment. She said: “I am happy that I got a chance to meet a beloved movie star from India. My staff became quite starry-eyed when they knew you were in the building and wanted me to ask you if you would make a movie with a hospital theme while you are here in Abu Dhabi.” To this, the actor replied: “I will definitely take it as a challenge and do it.”

Source: https://www.khaleejtimes.com/coronavirus-pandemic/covid-19-indian-actor-mohanlal-fulfils-his-promise-to-nurses-in-uae

Types of Nursing Courses And Nursing Schools in Kenya

The ongoing global pandemic has created a lot of opportunities for anyone who want to explore a carer in the healthcare industry. Among the various courses available is Nursing as one can become a nurse within the shortest possible and enter the lucrative healthcare industry.

The recent partnership between UK and Kenya to send unemployed Nurses in Kenya to the UK has also create opportunity for Kenyans to travel out of the country, gain more experience and earn more money.

Types of Nursing Schools in Kenya

There are different ways you can get into the nursing profession in Kenya and they include:

Certificate Nursing Program

This is the easiest way to get into the Nightingale profession in Kenya. It is a two and half years program and can be completed in most nursing colleges across the country. An aggregate of C- in KSCE is needed to study nursing in most colleges and it can be studied in any of the 71 campuses of Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) nationwide.

Diploma Nursing Program

Diploma in Nursing is another way you can enter the Nursing profession. This is an option for those who have higher aggregate grades in their KCSE. Admission requirement is more stringent than certificate program and you need to have passed your KCSE at a grade level of C (or equivalent). Combinations of subjects such as English, Kiswahili, Biology, Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Physical Sciences are acceptable. Diploma in Nursing is a 3years program in the country and three and half years for community health nursing.

How do I get into Nursing School?