Doctors, Nurses who Trained in Nigeria Must Serve for Nine Years Before Traveling Out

The Federal Government has frowned at some nurses and medical doctors who flee the country after graduating from school without giving back in service to the country (Nigeria) they trained ‘for free’ at public expense.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige who disclosed this at the 2022 Budget Defence of his Ministry at the House of Representatives on Wednesday in Abuja therefore recommended bonding of medical and other health workers so they can serve the country before leaving for anywhere.

“Medical education in Nigeria is almost free. Where else in the world is it free? The Presidential Committee on Health should come with a proposal for bonding doctors, nurses, medical laboratory scientists and other health workers, so that they don’t just carry their bags and walk out of their country at will when they were trained at no cost.

“In London, it is 45,000 pounds a session for medical education in cheap in universities. If you go to Edinburgh or Oxford, you pay $80,000. If you go to USA you pay $45,000 but if you go to the Ivy leagues, you pay $90,000 for only tuition, excluding lodging. You do it for six years. So, people in America take loans.

“We can make provisions for loans and you pay back. If government will train you for free, we should bond you. You serve the country for nine years before you go anywhere,” the Minister said in a statement issued by Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan.

Meanwhile, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has given a waiver for employment in health, defence and paramilitary to ensure that those who leave for greener pastures were replaced.

Ngige explained that the waiver was granted by the government despite an embargo on recruitment into public service.

The Minister said to address the incessant labour crises in the county, the government would introduce mandatory training for newly elected labour leaders at the National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS).

He said the proposed training will equip the labour leaders with the knowledge of Labour laws and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions to curb the incessant industrial disputes in the country.

Ngige also revealed that his Ministry has made provision for the establishment of Rapid Response Labour Desk Offices across the 36 States of the Federation to help nip some of these industrial crises in the bud.

Source: The News Guru

Problems Facing Nursing and Midwifery Profession in Nigeria and Way forward by Salihu Usman

Before I jot down the phrases and allow my ink to flow, let me start with the brief explanation of Nursing; Nursing is the process by which sick individuals are giving optimum social, physical and psychological care, either at the hospital or any other place, or aiding the unhealed to be relieved of pain, trauma or to have a peaceful death. Virginia Henderson defined nursing as “The unique function of the nurse is to assist the individual, sick or well, in the performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery (or to peaceful death) that he would perform unaided if he had the necessary strength, will or knowledge” (first published in Henderson & Nite 1978, p. 5, 1955 ed.).

Nursing profession is as old as the origin of human being but was just informal, unscientific and trial-and-error, until when the mother of modern nursing Florence Nightingale modifies its practices during the crimean war, this modification indicate the ingenuity and gargantuan sacrifices nurses can make since from the olden days where there were no scientific based practices. As time goes by several people became into existence and these people sacrificed a lot of which some left their teaching career to indulge in caregiving, some engaged themselves into active war and some made some series of innovation like books, theories regarding nursing profession, some of them are even the founders of internationally recognized philanthropic associations, such people are naturally gifted, talented and very creative with deep devotion to make nursing profession prosper, example of such people are Florence Nightingale, Virginia Henderson, Parker Theoder Fliedner, Margaret Sanger, Clara Barton, Mary Beckinridge, Dorothea Dix, Mary Mahoney, Mary Seacole, and others. These people have shoulder nursing profession and laid a solid foundation for its growth which we suppose to hold still onto.

In Nigeria, Though traditional form of nursing and midwifery have existed even before the arrival of the colonialists. Formal and modern nursing was introduced by the colonial masters. The first nursing home in Nigeria was established in Jericho, Ibadan by the British colonial government. Nursing was later fully established in Nigeria when missionaries established mission homes, Dispensaries e.t.c. and commenced training of nurses in Nigeria and in 1949, the School of Nursing at Eleyele, Ibadan was established.

In 1949, the Nursing Council of Nigeria was established to set standards for nursing in Nigeria. ln 1952, the University College Hospital Ibadan started training of nurses as well, and by 1965, a Department of Nursing was established in the University of Ibadan to commence a degree programme in Nursing.

In all these, there’s a whole lot progress, but the birth rate keeps inflating, the cycle of life keeps running, our population seems increasing and the demand of care by the people seemingly unachievable, may be that’s why so many problems arises to face nursing and midwifery profession.

• Lack of motivation: this is one of the major problem affecting nursing and midwifery profession, so many nurses and midwives lacks motivation to work as nurses, and there’s no way someone could work optimally without passion and love for what he does, before a nurse can work to save someone’s life he/she must first be happy with his/her life. Most of Nigerian nurses work in a very hostile environment where a lot of naive doctors look down to them as maid or just assistance useful for running errands, harass them when they made mistake, may be that’s because of the believe that nursing and midwifery profession is mostly dominated by female, and females are believed to be submissive all the times. A nurse looked down by doctors, patients, patients relatives, or any other person will lack motivation for what he’s doing.

A solution to the above is that, nurses should make sure that they advanced their knowledge, be up-to-date on the trends of nursing and patients conditions to avoid making unnecessary mistakes, once a nurse/midwife knows what she’s doing, he/she will miraculously gain the trust, respect and confidence of anyone who come across his/her care. And the doctors should also know that as I believe it was thought to them in their school that, nurses are co-workers not their juniors, assistance or maid to give command to, they can not achieve what they want to achieve in the hospital without nurses, neither do nurses/midwives, so in the health field, even the ward servant is of great importance and can never be disrespected or downgraded.

• Lack of equipment and standard facilities: Most of our hospitals lack necessary equipment and facilities to help the nurses/midwives perform their job effectively. A lot of hospitals, including the government hospitals and even private are under-stocked.

This directly affects a nurse’s efficiency as he or she is always looking for improvised solutions to the problems presented by lack of necessary equipment and facilities.

This is also an impediment to the growth of our nurses/midwives, because with lack of proper equipments, even our students will have less practical skills therefore given birth to incapable and under-able fresh nurses/midwives.

What I suggest to be the solution to this is; our governments (both federal and state) should work hand in hand to stock their various health institutions including colleges and universities with adequate useful equipments, and when provided, the management of each facility should ensure proper preservation and repair of such equipments.

• Indolence: As I use to see in the current trends on social media that a lot of people had a nasty experience with one nurse or another, they met a nurse who is unkind, unfriendly, harsh and some even unwilling to attend to patients because of the laziness or feeling of superiority. This disastrously affect nursing and midwifery profession, because it’s putting on the spotlight a negative image of nurses/midwives, it hurts me whenever I saw someone castigating our very own image, just recent weeks back a soldier humiliated a midwife at her working place, but when the video circulate on media, most of the comments were in favor of the soldier despite his terrible and unbecoming act on the midwife.

A nurse/midwife should be nice, caring and friendly. The opposite, lack a very important qualities of a good nurse/midwife and deserve not to be a nurse, whoever act so lackadaisical supposed not to be part of us, because we were thought to be humble, sympathetic towards our patients.

The schools, colleges and universities teaching nursing and midwifery profession should work tirelessly in seeing that their students before graduation knows the worth of their patients, they should teach them to work based on the reward not on worldly gratification.

• Shortage of Nurses/Midwives:
As the world’s population rises each day, so is the demand of nursing care, with the olden believe and ideology that nursing profession is mainly for women, the nurses become shortage to meet the demand of the health care thereby affecting the small active number and making them exhausted, this also cause a work under pressure.

In Nigeria a step is taken to combat this by provision admitting two consecutive sets in a year in various colleges and schools of nursing, despite that, a further method should be applied to feel the vacuum of health care demand, we should keep up to that until the ratio of a nurse/midwife to patients is tenable.

• Low remuneration: In all the health care system, nurses do the hard and most stressful work that requires commitment and determination, nurses/midwives work 24/7 to ensure stability and comfort of the patients. Nurses are seriously underpaid, those that are in the private health sector suffer worse fate, they are usually underpaid and overworked.

Those in the public health sector are also not left out, salaries are not paid as at when due and sometimes they are forced to take percentages of their normal take home. This has had a negative effect on their service delivery.

A guide to sorting this out is that; nurses/midwives salary wage should be regulated by a body or associations that will ensure the tangibility and reasonability of the monthly salary including the hazard allowances, the government should also consider the fact that, of all it’s civil servants, nurses/midwives works the best.

• Risk of infection; Every profession has a hazard, but nursing and midwifery encounter much because they work in a place where there is much risk of getting infected, imagine when Covid-19 came in 2019, everyone was panicked, people got home, locked themselves, leaving our angelic nurses in a tête-à-tête with suspected and confirmed cases, that is why some nurses/midwives fear the fact that they are highly exposed to the risk of contracting an infection. Even with the preventive methods available, they are always withdrawn when it comes to caring for patients with serious health problems, thus leaving the patient in agony and dejection. What of those who work in Trauma centre, in the theatre, surgical words and dealing with variety of bloods probably containing viral transmitted diseases, some in Isolation with TB patients who can get you infected by merely a sneeze? And lot more, There’s a lot of risk of infection and this affect nursing/midwifery profession.

Way out to reduce the risk of infection is providing all the PPEs (Personal Protective Equipments) without compromise, frequent seminars concerning preventive care and proper discard of used equipments, sterilization of the un-disposable and non-stop hazard allowances.

• Politics and Favouritism: Politics, favoritism and tribalism are also some problems that affects nursing in Nigeria, not only nursing and midwifery profession but almost every sector, The right candidates for a nursing job are sometimes overlooked because of his or her political class or cultural affiliation. Now even to get admission into various colleges of nursing needs some connections, that’s why we end up producing unqualified, unskilled and incapable nurses, when the unqualified are employed, they go on to deliver poor services as well as exhibiting high levels of quackery. When the public notices one unskillful nurses they tend to generalize that all nurses are reckless, this cause a lot of damage to our renowned reputation.

The only way to bring this on line is to reduce favouritism to minimum, let only the ones that can practice good qualitative nursing care should be employed, let’s draw back to admission process into colleges and schools of nursing, the entrance exam we carry-out should be strict and only the ones who passed it and the physical interview should be admitted, let’s not make any favor to any students during any exam from introductory to council final exam, only that way will let us usher a new dawn for new nurses that are capable both theoretically and practically.

• Rural urban migration: Another problem is the urban migration of nurses. A lot of nurses don’t want to work in the rural areas due to the poor standard of living when compared to the urban areas. This leaves the rural areas with inadequate nursing care. This leaves the rural areas with quack and unqualified health officers that will keep endangering the health care of the people of the community areas, their health care is at stake and with highly charge of money. When this keeps occuring and the people of the community noticed and become obsessed, they don’t know which exactly profession is doing worse to them, they will generalize and nursing and midwifery profession will be involved.

Nurses/midwives who came from the community areas from the first, when qualified should go back to their community and work, may be that’s why the nursing council created Community Nursing Program and Community Midwifery Program, even though these two profession weakens the general nursing and basic midwifery program, only if we would work in community as registered nurses, then there’s no impact for creating the two new community programmes.

• Lack of periodic training; Seminars, workshops and some other forms of periodic training aimed at sensitizing, training and informing the nurses of modern nursing practices are seldom conducted leaving the nurses tied on outdated methods.

The MCPDP program covers this, every time I attend this program I got excited and updated, in Sokoto, the MCPDP program always amaze me, because it’s well presented all the time by the highly skillful nurses/midwives, who make most of their time in research of the current nursing update, the likes of this MCPDP should be invented more and should be happening time after time, that will make our nurses up-to-date and confident on the care they give to their patients.
At the last phase of this article; I will like to, in conclusion call out to NANNM as our only association to keep fighting for nurses all across the country, the humiliation nurses/midwives faced from the people in nasty way shouldn’t be happening, if it does happen, necessary action should then be taken.
Nurses always cares.
Nr. Salihu Usman Shuni writes from Sokoto State, Nigeria.
10th November, 2021.
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US Nurse Registration: How To Become a Registered Nurse in the US

Welcome to this thread guys, I am creating this thread for Nurses who want to start the US Licensure process without knowing how to go about it or have any question in any of the stages. This thread will deal with the process of writing NCLEX-RN Exam which is the major hurdle for Internationally Educated Nurses.

Before you start this process make sure your Nursing license has not expired and you have your international passport

Let get started. To register as a Nurse in the US without IELTS we recommend picking TEXAS or New Mexico but for the purpose of this post we shall be using Texas. Don’t worry if you don’t have plan of going to Texas, once you have your Texas license, you can endorse to any other State in the US.

The entire process involves:

1. Credentialing process through CGFNS or Josef Silny among others
2. Registration with the Board
3. Authorization to Test and Exam

Credetialing Process through CGFNS

Go to CGFNS Page

Input your email and click on continue, reconfirm your email and then click on Send Code

An email will be sent to you. Open the email then click on the link sent to you.

Input the six digit security code in your email (below the link) into the box to proceed

Pick applicant and click the submit button

First name, middle and last name
Date of birth
Do you have a cgfns no no
Do you have a passport yes, pick your country and then your passport number
Do you have a current or valid Healthcare Profession License? No
Education: Pick your country of education, pick your nursing school from the list and then select the year. If your nursing school is not listed on the list simply pick others and then state the name of your nursing school in the box, click submit

Login into your application and complete your profile. After that pick a service, pick CES and complete the form. When completing it pick Texas Board of Nursing and choose a professional service. Pay the $365 and then download your transcript request form and verification form and send it to your school and Nursing board respectively.
You can then upload your SSCE result later. To do this simply go to the message centre and send it as an attachment in the message. You don’t need to attest it. For those in Nigeria using NECO result, you have to send a NECO result checker scratch card along.

For those in Nigeria, verification with Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria is now completely online and cost roughly N73,000. You can complete the online verification by going to the verification page Click Here For full details on NMCN verification, you can check my other post.

Registration with Texas Board of Nursing

After CGFNS has received all your documents, proceed to create an account with Texas Board of Nursing. Go to and click on create an account. Then login and click on Apply for License. Pick NCLEX-RN international graduate. Complete the form and pay the application fee of $100 using your ATM card.

Register and complete the jurisprudence Exam. To register you can login through your Texas Board of Nursing application or use this link Click Here
If you can’t register for the TX NJE, you can submit a “Support Request” by clicking on “HELP” at the bottom of the following page:
To prepare for the exam you can read the Nurse practice Act. Click Here

I also found the following videos useful. These two videos are enough to pass the jurisprudence exam, check them out out Nursing Jurisprudence & Ethics and Texas Board of Nursing: Understanding Your Scope of Practice

The following links from Quizlet are also useful Quizlet Link1 and Quizlet Link 2

Get the FBI 258 Fingerprint card, go to the nearest police station and thumbprint on it. You can also do it yourself at home, just get a black ink pad and thumbprint. Then register with identogo [ur= l]Click Here[/url], click on submit a fingerprint card by mail and complete the form, and make the payment of approximately $39. Print out the acknowledgement card and mail it to the address on the printout. Some nurses say they used the downloaded copy of the card and it was accepted. If however you want the original card, you can get from me if you are in Nigeria, Ghana or United Kingdom. You can send a private message to me by creating an account, click on my profile and send a message

After your fingerprint card and the acknowledgment slip get to Identogo, you will receive an email informing you that it’s been received. Once your fingerprint has been process, it will be forwarded to your Texas Board of Nursing account.

Once your CES report has been issued, you can head up to Pearson Vue Homepage and create an account, and pay the application fees of $200

Once your file is complete which are: CES report received by TBON, Fingerprint done, Jurisprudence Exam Passed and Pearson account created, you will receive authorization to test called ATT which is currently valid for 6 months.

Book your Exam and sit for it. The cost of booking depends on location. It is free if you plan to sit for it in the US, cost $180 if you plan to sit in the UK, $177 in India and $150 for most of other centres. Then make reservation for hotel, flight and visa depending on your location.

Note: If by any reason you need to rebook your exam, you need to chat Pearson up and they will do that for you. It is free of charge.

Materials for NCLEX

There are lots of materials and videos online especially on YouTube. To prepare for your exam, you can use HESI NCLEX textbook, Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX Examination, subscribe to Uworld , Mark Klimek audio this youtube channel has all the audio Click Here , Summit College NCLEX Comprehensive Review on Youtube it is from 1-22 (This review is a bomb) here is the link to her videos Click Here Also you won’t want to miss Sarah’s Video, check her videos on NCLEX preparation Click Here

Please and please never go into the exam without listening to Mark Klimek or Summit College Review

How To Apply for NMCN Online License Verification To UK Nursing Board

The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has started online verification of license to all countries among others. In this post I am going to give a step-by-step guide of the process to NMC UK while you can drop any question you have by clicking on the reply button.

NMCN Online Verification to UK

First go to the verification page by clicking on This Link

Then pick your registration type among the three listed categories: Registered Nurse, Registered Midwives or Registered Mental Health Nurse.

Input your registration number in the box. Your registration is the six digit number on your Nursing certificate issued by NMCN, notification of result and on your license

Input your email, tick the box beside Nursing & Midwifery Council UK (NMC UK) Proceed and you will taken to the next stage which will show online your name, gender and destination. Check to be sure it is correct then click on proceed to payment. A fee of N23,406.25 will be shown, pick the card/netbanking option and click pay now. You will be taken to the Innovate platform where you can use your bank card to make the payment of N23,874.36

Immediately after the payment you will receive an email from NMCN, click on the email and you will be taken to the NMCN verification page where you will need to upload your license and other documents. Then complete the form with the following:

Organizational Name: Nursing and Midwifery Council UK

Email Address:

Phone Number: +442073339333

Address: 23 Portland Place W18 1PZ

City: London

Country: United Kingdom

NMC PRN: The number on your UK NMC Page

NMC UK Application Ref: The number in the email sent to you by UK NMC after the payment of £140

You can track your verification by using This Link but note that the link is not helpful in tracking your verification status for now

After completing the application please submit it.

Few days after submitting the application online you are going to get a message from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria that you have been successfully enrolled for your Pofessional Update Form (PUF), just ignore the message and do nothing it simply means NMCN has started working on your verification. Currently the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria sends the verification to UK within 3-5 weeks.

Continue to monitor your UK NMC online account as your evaluation will change as soon as Nigeria NMCN send your verification.

For any issue send email to, or

You can also click on reply and drop your thoughts

NUC Approves Nursing Degree in Crescent University, Application on Sale

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the commencement of Bachelors of Nursing, Anatomy and Physiology Degrees at Crescent University, Abeokuta in Ogun.

Idris Katib, the Public Relations Officer of Crescent University made this known in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abeokuta.

The regulatory body gave the approval after resource verification visits by three teams of experts to the university.

He said that the approval was given in a letter dated Oct. 27 with reference number NUC/AP/P21/VOL.1/92.

“The letter was addressed to Crescent University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ibraheem Gbajabiamila and signed by Dr N. B. Salisu on behalf of the Executive Secretary of NUC.

“The three programmes already assessed by panels of experts in 2021 have been approved.

“I am directed to inform the vice-chancellor that the Executive Secretary has considered and approved the establishment of the full-time mode of the undergraduate programmes.

“The programmes are to be run in the main campus of the university with effect from the 2021/2022 academic session: B.NSc. Nursing, B.Sc. Physiology and B.Sc. Human Anatomy,” he said.

The VC was quoted as saying that the approval was a reward for the dedication and hard work of all stakeholders.

Gbajabiamila urged prospective students to join the 2021/2022 academic session for Nursing, Physiology and Anatomy.

The vice-chancellor encouraged interested candidates to visit for admissions details.

Source: Eagle News

Lagos Shut Down Vedic Lifecare Hospital for Employing Foreign Nurses and Doctors

Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) has shut down Vedic Lifecare Hospital, Lagos, for engaging foreign doctors and nurses who have not been certified to practice in Nigeria.

The executive secretary of the agency, Dr Abiola Idowu, who made the disclosure in Lagos, said the hospital was shut down for engaging three foreign doctors and a nurse with unverified certificates and without licenses from any professional body.

Idowu stated that the closure of the hospital does not affect the in-patients, while revealing that the agency is aware that some facilities are engaging Foreign-Based Transient Medical Doctors (FBTMD) who come into the state, stay for a period of time to provide medical care to patients and perform medical procedures following which they return to their respective countries.

In her response, the chairman, HEFAMAA Governing Board, Dr Yemisi Solanke-Koya, said the practice raises consequential concerns regarding the regulatory oversight of healthcare in the state.

The concerns according to her focuses on whether the facilities where the FBTMDs provide medical care are registered with and meet the standards required by HEFAMAA; whether the FBTMDs themselves possess the requisite credentials and experience required to practice the designated specialties they travel to the state for and whether the provisions made for the realm of continuity of care of the patients when the FBTMDs leave the state meet the standard of care.

The chairman warned hospitals in Lagos to desist from using foreigners whose certificates and licenses have not been verified by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).

She however indicated that the commissioner for Health in the State, Professor Akin Abayomi has directed that the Agency implement a FBTMD policy that will ensure that FBTMDs are approved by the Medical Dental Council of Nigeria to practice medicine in the country adding that such approval must be submitted and duly registered with HEFAMAA prior to commencing the practice of medicine in the state to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of Lagosians and hold the facilities engaging FTDMBs accountable.

Source: Leadership Newspaper

Ghanaian Male Nurse Helps Woman Deliver her Baby in the Middle of the Road

*A male nurse at Amartey CHIPS in Kwahu District has won the admiration of many after delivering a pregnant woman in labour
*William Otoo was seen attending to the pregnant woman who was lying in the middle of the dusty road with two women holding a piece of cloth over her.

A male community nurse at Amartey CHIPS in Kwahu District identified as William Otoo has won the praise of many after he delivered a pregnant woman in labour right in the middle of a road.

In an interview with, William, a past student of the Community Health Nurses Training School at Akim Oda in the Eastern Region shared that he made the decision to deliver the pregnant lady in the middle of the road because both the mother and baby were at risk of dying.

Narrating the whole incident in detail, the young man revealed that, the expecting woman was a client at the Amartey CHIPS in Kwahu District who had underlying health conditions.

“She was suffering from a pregnancy complication called pre-eclampsia and because of that , we could not deliver her baby at the CHIP compound. According to medical protocols, we were required to transfer her to a different hospital”

The mother in labour along with with the two ladies who accompanied her were referred to the new hospital but William sensed that she might just not make it if he does not follow her.

Observing from the way she was walking, I felt within me that I needed to join her to the next hospital. They had already left for the hospital I picked a motorbike and went after them.

Just when William caught up with them, the pregnant woman gave out an excruciating scream and at the point, he knew she and the baby might not make it if she does not go into labour soon.

I checked on her and I saw the baby’s head popping out. Quickly, I asked that a cloth be laid on the floor for her to lie down and I instructed the two women with her to block the sun with another cloth.

As risky as that was, my intention was to make sure that at least one life was saved and thankfully, both mother and child are alive.

Commenting on how the pictures surfaced on social media, William said;

I asked the rider of the motorbike I boarded to help take the picture for me as evidence that both the mother and child are doing well. I only posted them on my WhatsApp status with no details and the next thing I saw, the pictures circulating all over social media

According to William, he suspects one of his colleagues shared the photos.

Source: Yen News

Employ Graduates to Address Nurses’ Shortage, NANNM Tells Ogun

The Chairman of the Ogun State chapter of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Roseline Solarin, has pleaded with the state government to give automatic employment to graduates from the state-owned College of Nursing and Midwives to tackle the shortage of nurses in the state’s health sector.

Solarin said this at the town hall meeting organised by Community Development Association with Ogun Women on Maternal Health and Frontline Workers held in Abeokuta, the State capital.

The NANNM state chairman said the gesture would help the state to solve its current shortage of nursing staff in the hospitals.

The association also said there were only 215 nurses in the state serving in the 448 health centres across the state.

Solarin said a state like Ogun State with about three universities and five colleges of Nursing shouldn’t be lacking nurses.

She attributed the shortage of nurses as one of the causes of increased maternal mortality in the state, especially in the rural community.

She said “Give automatic employment to all midwives that graduated from the School of Midwifery in Ijebu-Ode and Abeokuta.

“For a state like Ogun that has about three universities and five colleges of Nursing, it shouldn’t lack nurses.

“Encourage the community to sponsor their children for midwifery training and to serve as a bond to work in their rural communities for two years before they can be transferred.

“Start the midwives service scheme with better incentives to encourage more volunteers who are professional we midwives.

“Employ more midwives into all the 20 Local Government Areas through the local government service Commission or PHCD agency.”

Meanwhile, the wife of the state governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, has stressed the need for more nurses to be employed more nurses and midwives to reduce maternal mortality in the state.

The governor’s wife called on all stakeholders to come together to help improve health care delivery system in the rural areas.

Source: Punch Newspaper

Nigeria Policemen Brutalise Nurse Attending To Patients For ‘Disobeying’ Order

A nurse at the General Ahmadi Rimi Orthopaedic Hospital in Katsina State, Umar Lawal, has recounted his experience with police officers who allegedly assaulted him while at his duty post.

The nurse, who spoke with Premium Times, explained that he was at the nurse’s station when the officers arrived with an emergency case.

According to him, the officers brought about five accident victims and while he was attending to them, he requested that they proceeded to buy drugs and obtain cards for the victims.

He noted that rather than this, the officers asked him (the nurse) to leave his duty post to purchase the items and when he refused, one of the officers hit him on his cheek which he also retaliated.

This snowballed into a fight as the officers descended on him and beat him thoroughly.

He said, “I had finished medication for my internal patients and was waiting at the Nurse’s Station when an ambulance from the National Open University brought in accident victims with five policemen.

“I checked one of the patients and discovered that he had external injuries but had more internal injuries especially on his thigh and another fracture on his neck. I was prescribing the drugs for them to go and buy so that we could resuscitate him.

“Then suddenly, they brought another victim who was already dead when they came to the hospital. We were asking about him and they said he was already dead. I asked them to go and buy a card and drugs for the other victims, when one of them said I should remove money from his pocket which I did; he asked him to go and buy the drugs.

“One of the policemen started shouting at me to obey his boss’ command but I told them my work was to save the victims, which I was already doing. Then the boss who asked me to buy the drugs slapped me and I slapped him back because I felt I was doing my job. They all descended on me and started beating me, saying I must follow them to the police station.

“When it became obvious that they would overpower me, I pushed one of them who was trying to grab me by the waist and ran into the emergency ward.”

Meanwhile, his colleagues under the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives in Katsina State have held a protest against “incessant police assault’ on some of their members.

The health workers carried out the protest on Sunday to express their displeasure over the alleged assault on their member by police personnel.

Addressing journalists on behalf of the nurses, Kamaludeen Kabir said a nurse was manhandled by officers who “came to the hospital and acted as if they were above the law.”

“We are health workers and not criminals. This is unacceptable and we will fight it. We will no longer tolerate such abuses from any security official because we are also doing our job.

“One of our members (Umar Lawal) was assaulted on Wednesday around 5pm by a team of policemen while attending to an emergency case. We have followed the situation,” he added.

He said the hospital management and other stakeholders had been duly informed of the development.

Kabir said the association had noted frequent assaults on its members and other health workers in the state.

The state police command had yet to react to the allegations.

Source: Sahara Reporters

Social media users praise soldier for beating up 2 nurses & breaking one’s leg

There are many hardworking and kind nurses working in various hospitals across the world to save lives, but it appears the attitudes of a few have given every other nurse a bad name, making the very public they exist to serve resent them.

This has manifested in the comments that greeted a story of a Nigerian military man who went berserk at the hospital where he took his pregnant wife for delivery, beat up two nurses, leaving one of them with a broken leg.

The majority of social media users were so happy about the treatment meted out to the nurses to the extent that they said he should have broken the two legs instead of one.

Although some people have claimed that the soldier was wrong, and that it was the duty of his wife to have got her delivery pads ready, many others praised the errant officer for doing what they wish they had the power to do, saying nurses are arrogant and disrespectful to patients and the general public who seek their services.

Yes, there are bad nuts in every profession but the manifestation of so much resentment for nurses despite the existence of many good ones is disheartening.

It is however not too late to disabuse the public’s mind of the bad perception it has about nurses, and that will require a change in attitude that must be spearheaded by the leadership of the profession in every country.

Meanwhile, the said soldier has been arrested and detained by the 22 Armoured Brigade of the Nigeria Army, Sobi Cantonment, Ilorin, Kwara State.

The Public Relations Officer of the 22 Armoured Brigade of the Nigeria Army Sobi Cantonment, Ilorin, St. Sgt Waziri confirmed his arrest.

He said the errant soldier has been put in the guard room for further interrogation.

The incident reportedly occurred on Friday, October 22, at Okelele Primary Health Centre in Nigeria’s Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State.

Reports say an altercation erupted after the nurses who had admitted the soldier’s wife asked him to buy delivery packs for the delivery process.

Daily Trust quoted a source as saying: “Instead of looking for the delivery packs, the soldier rejected the demand arguing that the state government has provided such items for pregnant women that might have come for their delivery at the hospital.

“But the nurse told the soldier that he misconstrued the information, therefore, he needed to provide the delivery packs for his wife to assist her to make use of the delivery packs for his wife’s delivery at the labour room. But, the statement got the soldier angry and beat the nurse to the extent that one of her legs was broken.”

The Kwara State chapter of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Alhaji Shehu Aminu confirmed the assault on the two nurses.

“The soldier became infuriated and headed to the doctor’s office and started beating the two nurses he met there. The soldier slapped one of the nurses who ran for her dear life while the other sustained ankle injury,” Alhaji Shehu Aminu said.

Source: Pulse Ghana