Ghana to trade nurses for cash with UK, State to earn £1,000 per Nurse

Ghana is about signing a nurse-for-cash agreement with the government of the United Kingdom.

Each nurse Ghana sends to the UK, once the deal is done, is likely to fetch the West African country £1,000, Health Minister Kweku Agyeman-Manu announced on the floor of parliament on Monday, 5 December 2022 during a debate of the 2023 budget.

Already, Ghanaian nurses are being sent to Barbados per an earlier agreement signed between the two countries.

“Mr Speaker, as you are aware, we’ve started sending our nurses outside on a bilateral basis and the agreement we signed with Barbados has sent the second cohort of nurses to Barbados. Mr Speaker, why would they come for both? Now, in Barbados, what we hear is the fact that patients are requesting Ghanaian nurses to be on their bedside and I think that is a plus for us”, Mr Agyeman-Manu said.

“We are engaging with the government of the United Kingdom and we are just about signing a memorandum of understanding after Cabinet approval to begin to send nurses, even certificate nurses to go for training and work there and come back home after three years”, he told the house.

“And, out of these nurses, Ghana is going to benefit from some little monies that the UK government will pass on”, he noted, explaining: “For every single nurse that goes away – when we finish the agreement – it’s likely we’ll get a £1,000 to come back to support our health system”.

Ninety-five Ghanaian nurses (49 women and 46 men) on Thursday, 30 July 2020 arrived in Barbados on an Azores Airlines chartered flight for a two-year contract.

They were to help the Caribbean country’s healthcare system.

In March 2022, the Prime Minister of the Island nation, Mia Motley, said during Ghana’s 65th independence anniversary in the Central Region, at which she was the special guest of honour, that: “I stand here on your Independence Day to thank the people of Ghana for being able to support us in our need for nurses, with the first 95 nurses having gone to Barbados in July 2020.”

“We thank you, the government of the people of Ghana, for that most generous gesture, and we are heartened that they have made a huge difference to our public healthcare system; so much so that we have completed an interview for another 200 nurses to come to Barbados in the near future,” she added.

In November 2019, the Foreign Ministers of Ghana and Barbados, on behalf of the governments and peoples of their respective countries, signed an agreement for the recruitment of a total of 120 nurses from Ghana to complement the staffing needs of the island nation.

The agreement was signed on Friday, 15 November 2019 at Ghana’s Jubilee House, when the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, paid a courtesy call on the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, as part of her official visit. 

The objective of the agreement is to provide the framework for the provision of nurses by the Republic of Ghana to Barbados, taking cognisance of the existing commitment of Barbados to accepted international workforce policies and practices, as well as the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Code of Ethics for nurses.

The scope of services and responsibilities include Ghana providing registered nurses to Barbados with a level of expertise as agreed to by both countries, with Barbados providing Ghanaian nurses safe and secure working conditions for professional practice, and medical treatment where needed.

Remuneration is commensurate with the terms and conditions of Barbadian local registered nurses. Barbados is also to provide professional support to Ghanaian nurses to comply with the guidelines and rules of the Nursing Council of Barbados.

A total of 150 short-listed candidates underwent interviews, out of which 120 were to have been chosen.

The qualified nurses possess a minimum of three years of experience, with specialities in the following areas: critical care, cardiac catheterisation, emergency room, operating theatre, and ophthalmology.

It will be recalled that on 15 June 2019, during an official visit to Barbados, as part of activities to promote the declaration of 2019 as the Year of Return, President Akufo-Addo, in principle, agreed to a request by Prime Minister Mottley to send some nurses to work in a number of medical facilities in Barbados.

Addressing a press conference in the aftermath of the bilateral discussions, and with Barbados facing an acute nursing shortage, the Barbadian Prime Minister stated that “we have indicated that we are searching for just under 400 nurses, so it is not a small number, and we really do believe that this is a wonderful opportunity of co-operation between our two countries.”

In addition, she noted that there was also an initial promise to secure the nurses and provide joint education programmes going forward, all in an attempt to secure Barbados’ healthcare sector.

For his part, President Akufo-Addo indicated that “we have a surplus of nurses in Ghana, and placing them all in our public health system is one of my headaches. There have been a lot (of nurses) produced, which, for several years, we have not been able to do anything with.”

He continued, “So, I am going back. I will be back in Accra on Monday, and, the week after, the Prime Minister will hear from me on this matter of nurses.”

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Who is the First Nurse, Midwife in Ghana?

Dr Docia Angelina Naki Kisseih was a trailblazer who defiled all odds in an uncharted territory to become the first Ghanaian Chief Nursing Officer after the end of the British colonial era.

Born on August 13, 1919, in Odumase, Sunyani West district of the Bono Region of Ghana, late Docia attended Krobo Girls Senior High School. She later spent three years at Achimota School where she obtained her Cambridge Higher School Certificate before enrolling Korle Bu Maternity Hospital for her three years Nursing training in 1940.

Docia made history when she became the first Nurse in Ghana to earn a doctorate degree from University of Boston in 1981.

Docia Angelina love for nurses and the need for unity in the profession made her support the creation of Nursing association and she became the founder and first president of the Ghana Registered Nurses Association (GRNA).

She also served on the National Health Planning Committee and the Nurses and Midwives Board.

Dr Kisseih was earlier honored by the state in 1984 and her portrait was put on the 100 cedi note in 1986.

Ghana Nurses Reject Government Debt Exchange Program

The leadership of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) wishes to register its dismay and disappointment at the proposed debt exchange program as announced by the Minister of Finance on December 5, 2022.

The Association hereby states its rejection of Government’s proposal for the following reasons:

1. Pension funds are a collection of contributions of individuals. By design they are meant to protect the vulnerable during retirement. Any treatment of “individuals” as stated by the Minister of Finance must be indeed extended to all individuals as with pension funds including our GRNMA Fund, a Provident Fund for over 101,000 contributors who are nurses and midwives within the nursing and midwifery fraternity;

2. Pension funds, particularly Tier 3 schemes, were encouraged to hold their investments for a minimum of 10 years. From its inception in 2012, most schemes have just met the 10 years or will be 10 years next year. Debt exchange for pension funds will mean that workers will not have access to Tier 3 funds after waiting for 5-15 years. This is simply unacceptable!

3. By the National Pension Regulatory Authority’s (NPRA) regulations, all Pension Schemes have most of their assets in GoG securities. Trustees of these Pension Schemes were bound by regulation in the asset allocation policy by the NPRA. It will therefore be untenable for the poor worker to suffer under the proposed new bond issuance as part of the debt exchange. The government should therefore allow our Bonds to run until their maturity.

4. Pensioners should not be made to suffer the consequences of Government’s fiscal indiscipline when they have paid their fair share of taxes, worked to build the economy while taking very low salaries;

5. It is unacceptable that a Government that budgets 18% inflation in 2023 will consider zero interest rate for pension funds of poor, hardworking, law abiding citizens within the same period.

As a matter of urgency, the government must withdraw the inclusion of pension funds from its debt exchange program and allow the funds as invested to run until their maturity.

—Signed—

PERPETUAL OFORI-AMPOFO (FWACN, FGCNM) PRESIDENT

DAVID TENKORANG-TWUM, Ph.D (FGCNM) GENERAL SECRETARY

How to Pay SANC Fees 2023: Bank Account Details

Paying the Annual Fee at any First National Bank

This is the recommended way of paying the annual fee.

  1. Fill in and sign an Account Deposit Slip.  Use the Council’s bank details shown below.
  2. Write your Council reference number (8-digit number starting with a ‘1’) in the Reference block on the form followed immediately (no space) by the annual fees payment code ‘ANLFEES‘.
  3. Hand both copies of the deposit slip plus your payment (cash) to the teller.  You do not need the exact amount – the teller will give you change if necessary.
  4. Keep your copy of the deposit slip safe in case of queries.
  5. Allow 4 weeks for your Annual Practising Certificate to reach you by post.
Council Bank Details:
Bank Name:First National Bank
Branch Name:Corporate Core Banking – Pretoria
Branch Code:253145
Account Name:S A Nursing Council No 2 Account
Account Number:514 211 86 193

Paying the Annual Fee by Debit Order

Regrettably, South African Nursing Council has stopped making use of Debit Orders as a method of paying the Annual Fee.  The reasons for this is that very few nurses were making use of the facility and it was therefore very expensive to run.  In addition, because the debit orders were only taken off bank accounts once each year, there was a particularly high rate of rejected debit orders – with the associated difficulty in resolving the payment with the nurse before his/her name was removed from the register.

Paying the Annual Fee by Post

Use this method if you need to change your personal details, postal address, etc.

  1. Post your payment (bank guaranteed cheque) to the Council together with a short note indicating who the payment is from.
  2. You should at least indicate your Council reference number and full names.  Also indicate your identity number if possible and a telephone number where you can be contacted in case of queries.
  3. You can also download a remittance advice from this website that will make sure that you do not leave out any important information. ™ (remittance advice in PDF format)
  4. Allow 6 weeks for your Annual Practising Certificate to reach you by post.
  5. Please DO NOT send cash through the post.  Council will not accept any responsibility for cash which goes missing in the postal system.
  6. Please do not send payment by Postal Orders.  Council no longer accepts payments by means of Postal Orders.

Paying the Annual Fee at the Council Offices

WARNING: Use this method only if you need your Annual Practising Certificate in a great hurry as the queues can sometimes be very long!

  1. Hand your old Annual Practising Certificate (or other document bearing your Council reference number) or your identity document together with your payment (bank guaranteed cheque or credit card) to the cashier.
  2. If your registration is up-to-date, your Annual Practising Certificate will be handed to you immediately.
  3. Please note that Council will NOT ACCEPT CASH as a method of payment at the counter.  You will be asked to pay the cash into FNB (First National Bank) instead.

Paying the Annual Fee Electronically

You are welcome to pay by Internet/telephone banking, etc.  Be warned that payment must be received in the Council bank account before or on the due date and Council will NOT consider any relaxation of this requirement.  In this regard, please take note of the rules of your banking institution regarding the effective date on which payment will be made to the beneficiary (SA Nursing Council).  (You have agreed to these rules in your undertaking with your banking institution.)

  1. Use the Council banking details shown below.
  2. You must ensure that the Council can positively identify who the payment is from.  Make sure that the details that will be printed in the Council’s bank statement contain your 8-digit Council reference number followed immediately by the annual fees payment type code “ANLFEES“.  Check that this information is correct!  It is not necessary to add any other information such as “Ref.”, “SANC”, etc. – this sometimes hides the important information because some of the banks cut off information that is too long.  Companies are warned that their banking systems often only print the company name (by default) in Council’s bank statement and Council received no other information to identify the nurse for whom the payment is made.  The following example is given to show the format required.  You should substitute your own details where necessary.  Example:

11111111ANLFEES

  1. Allow 4 weeks for your annual receipt and licence to practise to reach you by post.
  2. Council staff cannot help you with queries regarding your bank’s electronic systems – please refer your queries to your bank. (Standard Bank Internet banking clients – please see the notes in the following section).
Council Bank Details:
Bank Name:First National Bank
Branch Name:Corporate Core Banking – Pretoria
Branch Code:253145
Account Name:S A Nursing Council No 2 Account
Account Number:514 211 86 193

Can I be sure that Council will allocate my electronic payment correctly?

Council processes all payments into the No. 2 Account electronically and has already processed well over 1,94 million payment in this way.  Statistics show that the system allocates payments automatically to the correct person 99,5% of the time.  The remaining 0,5% have to be allocated manually.  Follow the above instructions carefully and help us make it 100% !!!  (Statistics as at 2014-07-31.)

Standard Bank Internet Banking Clients – Please Note

Many Standard Bank Internet banking clients have problems paying the Council electronically.  Follow the instructions below and it should be easy.  These instructions have been adapted from the instructions on the Standard Bank website to specifically cater for payments to the Nursing Council.  (Please follow the instructions on the bank’s website for payments to any other beneficiary.)

First define S A Nursing Council as a beneficiary.

  1. Go into internet banking.
  2. Click on Payments.
  3. Click on Add new Company beneficiary button.
  4. Enter the one time password sent to your cellphone or e-mail address.
  5. Choose the company from the list.
  6. The screen will allows you to search by Company Name.
  7. Type ‘S’ (space) ‘A’ in the Company Name field and click on Search.  (This is where most clients have difficulty – you must type capital letter ‘S’ followed by one space and the capital letter ‘A’ – if you type anything else or even leave out the space you will not see S A Nursing Council listed.  As an alternative you can try typing a single ‘S’ which will also work, but the list will be much longer.)
  8. Select ‘S A NURSING COUNCIL’ from the drop-down list and click on Select.
  9. The company number for the Council (42280051885) will be filled in by the system.  (This is a number used by Standard Bank to refer to the Council bank account – it is not our bank account number and you should not be worried that it is different from the Council bank account number.)
  10. Enter something like ‘SANC FEES’ in the My reference section – this information will appear on YOUR bank statement.
  11. Enter your Council reference number in the Beneficiary reference section – this information will be printed on the COUNCIL bank statement and is very important for the correct allocation of your payment!  (Your Council reference number is the 8-digit number starting with a ‘1’ that is always printed on all correspondence from the Council.  Check this number very carefully.  Standard Bank’s system will not allow you to type anything else besides your Council reference number in the Beneficiary reference section – not even your name.)
  12. Click on Continue.
  13. Check the details on the confirmation screen.
  14. If you are satisfied that everything is correct, click on Confirm.
  15. S A Nursing Council will now be set up as a beneficiary on your account.

Now you can make payments to Council at any time using the beneficiary you have just set up.  Proceed as you would do for any other account payment.

SANC 2023 Annual Renewal Fees and Bank Details

The due date for payment of annual fees is normally 31 December of the year preceding the year for which the fees are due.

Early birds can pay the fee from 1 July of the year preceding the year for which it is due – no earlier.

Please be advised that these dates may change in future.  This page will be updated as soon as possible if and when it ever happens.

Note 1:  It is the responsibility of every registered or enrolled person to make sure that his/her annual fee reaches Council by the due date.

Note 2:  If your remittance is sent by post, please allow sufficient time for it to reach Council by the due date.

WARNING:  If you wish to pay at the Council offices during December, please be WARNED that you should pay early in the month to avoid dissappointment due to any year end closing of the Council offices.  You are also WARNED that queues can sometimes be very long at that time.  Council RECOMMENDS that you consider paying your fee into the bank to avoid any problems/inconvenience.

How much are the Annual fees for 2023

1.ANNUAL FEES FOR 2023

  • NORMAL ANNUAL FEES

The annual fees for the calendar year 2023 for different categories of practitioners are provided in the table below:

CATEGORY  ANNUAL FEE FOR 2023
Registered Nurses and MidwivesR730.00
Enrolled Nurses and MidwivesR440.00
Enrolled Nursing AuxiliariesR310.00
  • REDUCTIONS IN ANNUAL FEES FOR AGE 60 AND OVER

The Council has resolved to introduce reduced fees for nurses 60 years of age and over as per the table below:

  • 60 TO 64 YEARS OF AGE ON 1 JANUARY 2023 (25% REDUCTION)
CATEGORY  ANNUAL FEE FOR 2023
Registered Nurses and Midwives    R550.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives    R330.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries    R230.00
  • 65 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER ON 01 JANUARY 2023 (50% REDUCTION)
CATEGORY  ANNUAL FEE FOR 2023
Registered Nurses and Midwives    R370.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives    R220.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries    R150.00

NB: To qualify for the discount amounts, practitioners may be required to submit a certified copy of their identity document in order to confirm their age.

Notes:

  • The annual fees for 2023 must be received by the SANC on or before 31 December 2022.
  • The amounts in the tables above all include 15% VAT.

2.RESTORATION FEES FOR 2023

The restoration fees for different categories applicable from 1 January 2023 are shown in the following table.

CATEGORYNORMAL
RESTORATION FEE
REDUCED
RESTORATION FEE
Registered Nurses and MidwivesR2 200.00R150.00
Enrolled Nurses and MidwivesR1 320.00R150.00
Enrolled Nursing AuxiliariesR920.00R150.00
Retired NursesR150.00R150.00

Notes:

The reduced restoration fee only applies to a practitioner:

  • Who must have been removed from the register at his/her own request; or
  • Who must be 60 years of age or older on 1 January 2023. However, this must be confirmed with the Council before paying the reduced amount.

3.VOLUNTARY REMOVAL

A Nurse Practitioner who no longer wishes to practise in South Africa or who is unemployed, may request, in writing, for a voluntary removal of his/her name from the register, by completing the form available from the SANC. If a voluntary removal is granted by the SANC, the nurse practitioner’s name will be removed accordingly on the 31st of December of the year in which the application is received. Once removed, the nurse practitioner will no longer be required to pay annual fees while he/she is removed from the register.

If the nurse practitioner requires reinstatement onto the register, he/she will, in addition to paying the reduced restoration fee, be required to complete a Restoration Form which can be accessed from the SANC website, www.sanc.co.za. It must be noted that practising while not being registered is illegal.

4.CLOSING DATE FOR PAYMENT OF ANNUAL FEES

Please note that for the calendar year 2023, the closing date for the payment of annual fees is 31 December 2022. Payments must reach the SANC bank account on or before the closing date. You are, therefore, urged not to leave payment for the last minute to avoid problems associated with making payments at year end.

Remember: Bank transfers from non-FNB banks may take up to 3 working days and you are therefore advised to pay well in advance to meet the 31 December 2022 deadline.

5.OTHER FEES

Please note that other fees and fees payable by institutions will be applicable with effect from 01 January 2023.

6.PERSAL DEDUCTIONS

The signing of Resolution 3 of 2019 in September 2019 by the National Department of Health together with major trade unions in Public Health and Social Development Sectoral Bargaining Council (PHSDSBC), brought into effect the implementation of PERSAL deductions from the 2020 APC season for all employees falling under the scope of the PHSDSBC.

As a result of this agreement, affected Nurse Practitioners are urged not to pay the annual fees on their own as the employers are required to pay on their behalf in terms of Resolution 3 of 2019.  

7.eREGISTER

The SANC has made an eRegister facility available on the SANC website which can be utilised by employers to verify the registration status of all Nurse Practitioners in their employment. Employers are urged to utilise this facility in the absence of a physical Annual Practising Certificate (APC).

Visit: https://www.sanc.co.za/eRegister.aspx for more details.

8.COMMUNITY SERVICE PRACTITIONERS

Community Service Practitioners are not eligible to be issued with an APC, and therefore, should NOT pay annual fees. They MUST pay a conversion fee on completion of their Community Service in order to be registered as Nurse Practitioners using the REGFPRA registration fee code instead of ANLFEES (e.g. 12345678REGFPRA).

How To Get SANC Receipt?

With the New SANC online registration, can I download my SANC receipt online?

Many of you might be concern about your SANC registration and require evidence to proof you have applied for renewal of your annual practice license

The SANC eRegister on the SANC website is enough to serve as evidence of your registration. For instance, if you have not received your receipt yet via mail in your registered address. SANC receipt will only be sent to your registered mail address. Employers can easily verify the status of all nurse practitioners in their employment by simply visiting www.sanc.co.za/eRegister.htm to be connected to the eRegister.

SANC Notice of Closure December 2022 to January 2023

Circular 13/2022

TO: National Department of Health

Provincial Departments of Health

Nursing Education Institutions

All Stakeholders

SOUTH AFRICAN NURSING COUNCIL – YEAR-END CLOSURE

The office of the South African Nursing Council will be closed for the year-end from Friday, 23 December 2022 at 12:00 midday, and re-open on Tuesday, 03 January 2023 at 08:00. Kindly note that on 23 December 2022, for operational reasons the gates will be closed at 11: 00 already.

Annual fees must be paid into the Council’s bank account on or before 31 December 2022 to avoid restoration fees – note that banks take up to three (3) days to clear payments and thus all bank electronic transfers need to be made by 23 December 2022 to ensure it reaches the SANC by 31 December 2022.

The SANC banking details are:

Name of bank : First National Bank

Account number : 514 211 86 193

Branch code : 253145

Reference : Person’s own SANC Reference Number followed by ANLFEES

Whilst waiting for the Annual Practising Certificate to be distributed by the SANC, the employer can verify the registration status of the practitioner through the SANC website by logging into the SANC eRegister at https://www.sanc.co.za/eRegister.aspx . To do this, they will require the practitioner’s SANC reference number or Identity Number (ID No).

We wish you all the best over the holiday season, please stay safe and we look forward to working with you in 2023.

Kind regards

(SIGNED BY)

Ms SJ Nxumalo

Acting Registrar and CEO

Circulating Vacancies for Nurses, Teachers in Kenya is Fake

The Public Service Commission has not advertised any vacant positions on behalf of the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development.

A post on social media which has been circulating widely has advertised close to 2500 vacant positions in the docket .

The Fact Checker has however established that the job advertisement post is not factual as it had not been officially advertised by the Public Service Commission, which is the employer on behalf of the government.

“This is to notify the general public that the below advert circulating on social media is Fake,” PSC tweeted on its official twitter account.

In the fake post, applicants have been directed to apply for job on publicservicevacancies@gmail.com yet job applications for vacancies within PSC are made through the official website www.publicservice.go.ke

The advertisement alleged that PSC was looking for 125 lecturers who will work at the Kenya Industrial Training Institute (KITI), 144 P1 Teachers, 144 Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) Teachers, 115 cooks and 12 electricians.

It also called for application on 115 trade development officers, industrial development officers category I (115) and II (136).

The scammers also announced vacancies off 264 social workers, 183 drivers, 171 accountants, 115 category III Instructors and 161HIV testing services (HTS) providers. 

In addition, the publication alleged that PSC was also looking for Other openings include 133 nurses, 117 Human Resource Managers, 214 mobilizers, 123 counselors, 117 supply chain managers , 179 cleaners, 139 office assistants and 123 public health officers.

NMCN Nigeria Biometric Capture of Student Nurses 2022/2023

The Nursing and Midfwifery Council of Nigeria has released a list details about the Biometric exercise of students in the School of Nursing and Midwifery Nationwide. Below is the content of the circular:

BIOMETRIC DATA CAPTURING OF STUDENTS IN NURSING / MIDWIFERY TRAINING INSTITUTIONS IN NIGERIA

Sequel to the previous Circular Ref. No. N&MCN/SG/RO/CIR/24/VOL.5/49 of 25th October, 2022 notifying you of the Council’s intention to commence biometric capturing of all eligible students in the nursing / midwifery training institutions in the country and to provide details of the exercise in due course.

Please be informed that Council is set to embark on the nationwide trial biometric capturing exercise in the six geopolitical zone of the country. The exercise will involve capturing of all student Nurses & Midwives that have indexed by the Council.

Similarly, the individual student’s biometrics shall also serve as a requirement for eligibility to write any of the Councill’s Professional Examinations.

The Council hereby, solicits with you to accord the learn your maximum cooperation and ensure that all the students are on ground during the exercise as there shall be no time to repeat the exercise once it is concluded in your institution.

Details of the exercise are as follows:

There exercise has been scheduled to take place concurrently from Monday 12th to Friday 16th December, 2022 at the training institutions in the following zones and States:

ZONE / STATE

1.      North central – Abuja / Benue

2.      North East – Adamawa / Bauchi / Borno

3.      North West – Kaduna / Sokoto / Kano

4.      South East – Enugu / Imo

5.      South South – Edo / Rivers / Calabar

6.      South West – Lagos / Ondo / Oyo

Please, Head of Institutions in the aforementioned States should take note and bring the content of this Circular to the notice of all concerned stakeholders and students especially the those who are eligible for the next professional examinations in 2023.

Any further development on this subject will be conveyed to you in due course.

Thank you for your cooperation with the Council in promoting and maintaining excellence in nursing education and practice in Nigeria in line with global best practices.

Signed:

Faruk Umar Abubakar Ph.D. RN, FWACN

Secretary, General / Registrar 

College of Nursing Sciences,  Iyienu Mission Hospital Matriculates 152 Students

Management of  College of Nursing Sciences,  Iyienu Mission Hospital (CONSIMH) Ogidi, Anambra State has decried the rate of ‘brain drain’ among Nigeria nurses, revealing that over 7000 nurses have relocated from the county in search of greener pastures.

The concerns were raised during the 42nd  matriculation/capping ceremony of 152 students comprising of the 2021 set of students nurses and 2022 set of  students midwives  at College of Nursing Sciences, Iyienu Mission Hospital,Ogidi, Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra State.

Presenting a paper titled, ‘brain drain amongst Nigerian nurses and its  implications,’ the guest speaker, Dr. Chikaodili Ihediebube-Splendor, a senior lecturer, Department of Nursing Sciences, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, said  brain drain was a threat to the sustainability of the healthcare industry in Nigeria.

She described brain drain as the movement of relatively well educated persons/professionals from developing countries to developed countries, saying that in the healthcare sector, nurses inclusive, have been migrating in search of greener pastures.

“Constant migration of trained healthcare professionals erodes the healthcare delivery, leaving the healthcare of the citizens of the developing countries, Nigeria inclusive in jeopardy. Hence, getting adequate specialists care from trained healthcare personnel becomes a mirage.

“During the national nurse leaders’ summit held between September 27 and 30, at Lagos, the secretary general/registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, Dr Faruk Abubakar, reported that over 7000 nurses have relocated from Nigeria in search of greener pastures.

“A newspaper of October 4 reported that there are only 35,000 doctors practicing in Nigeria out of 80,000 doctors registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria as at 2021.

“Within a space of 100 days- June 10 and September 20, it was reported that at least 353 Nigerian-trained doctors were registered with Britain’s General Medical Council as medical practitioners in the United Kingdom,” cited Dr Ihediebube-Splendor.

According to the provost, CONSIMH, Ogidi, Mrs Ngozi Nduka,   the major cause of brain drain for healthcare workers, bankers and other professionals include unstable political and economic environment, understaffing, devaluation of naira, supremacy in healthcare sector.

“Poor working conditions, poor salaries coupled with the hyperinflation experienced in Nigeria. Today a dollar is equivalent to almost N1000 unlike in the 1970s when a dollar is equivalent to one naira or less. Then, nobody was thinking of leaving the country for greener pastures,” Mrs Nduka said.

Mrs Nduka advised Nigerian government to strengthen the economy to be at par with the economy of UK or America, urging authorities of both the private and public health facilities to increase the salaries of nurses up to international standards.

Mrs Nduka congratulated the 152 matriculating students and their parents/guardians for successfully pulling through the Preliminary Training Session (PTS) examination.

She enjoined the tutors, academic and non-academic staff, to continue giving the students unabated and steady coaching, monitoring and mentoring, saying that anything on the contrary may mean a disservice to the nursing profession.

“This College has maintained a lead in the results of the final professional qualifying examinations of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, making a 100 percent pass in the last results released in May,” said Mrs Nduka.

However, the provost, Iyienu Mission Hospital and  the hospital administrator, Rev Canon Okwuchukwu Tochukwu and  secretary, Nonso Anene eulogized the Anglican Bishop on the Niger, Rt. Rev. Owen Nwokolo and his wife Dr. Elsie for ensuring that Vision 2030 would be achieved in their health institutions.

“Our Lord Bishop’s Vision 2030 for education and healthcare services is that IMH will metamorphose into a teaching hospital and the schools or college therein which now offer Higher National Diploma programmes will become degree awarding programmes probably affiliated to University on the Niger.”

The chairman of the occasion, Mr Chukwuagozie Eze, advised their wards to be focused in their studies and shun any form of vices during their academic pursuit.

Credit: The Sun Newspaper