Friday, 18 April 2014

Edo State Nursing Students Protest

 
Students of the Edo State School of Nursing yesterday chased out their teacher and other workers to protest the appointmentof a new principal.
 
The students locked the gate and stopped people from coming in.Lectures were paralysed as the placard -carrying students vowed to continue the protest, until their demands are met. 
 
It was learnt that the new principal was to take over yesterday but the handing over was disrupted by the from Osagle Otabor, Benin students' protest
 
President of the Student Union Government Anyanbu Johnson said: "The principal will retire today and the government appointed Mrs. Osazuwa, who is the Principal of School of Midwifery as our principal
" The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria stipulates that the principal of a nursing school must be a nursing tutor and not a midwifery tutor.
 
"We are saying no to the appointment of a midwife. She was the principal of school of midwifery and the school has not been accredited in the past three years.There are only two students in that school."Our school was also not accredited. We want to speak with the government on this matter.
 
"We have qualified lecturers in our school that the Government should appoint and not from midwifery that is a specialty under nursing." 
 
Another student, Osadolor Marris, Said they wanted the government to reverse its decision and work towards the school's accrediation.
 
"We do not have tutors. The nursing council said our hostel must be ready before our schoold would be accredited," she said
 
Commissioner for Health Aihanuwa Heregie could not be reached for comments
Sources said Mrs. Osazuwa was appointed in an acting capacity, pending when a substantive principal would be named

LAUTECH PART-TIME BNSC APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR 2013/2014 ACADEMIC SESSION


1. Click on this link to apply with your names,phone no and email address http://www.admissions.lautech.edu.ng/ptapp2013/createuser.php

2. Enter your email address in the box to retrieve your passcode http://www.admissions.lautech.edu.ng/ptapp2013/retrieve.php

3. Enter your email and the passcode to proceed with the payment http://www.admissions.lautech.edu.ng/ptapp2013/payapp.php

 4. Enter your email address and passcode to get your.application FORM NUMBER http://www.admissions.lautech.edu.ng/ptapp2013/getformno.php

 5. Enter your APPLICATION FORM NUMBER and passcode to access the application form,fill and submit online.http://www.admissions.lautech.edu.ng/ptapp2013/login.php

 6. Print the acknowledgement and the referee page.

 NOTE: *The entrance exam is likely to be May 5 while resumption is likely to be in June.
*You make the payment using your ATM card no-the 16 digit no ,card expiry date,cvv2- the LAST three digit at the BACK of your card-the signature panel and your ATM PIN CODE.
 *Ensure that you have at least #10,300 ( which is the total payable application fee ) in the bank account linked to the ATM card.
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE END OF THE STAKEHOLDERS MEETING ON PUBLIC AWARENESS AND CAMPAIGN AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN NIGERIA

COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE END OF THE STAKEHOLDERS MEETING ON PUBLIC AWARENESS AND CAMPAIGN AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN NIGERIA HELD AT THE HONOURABLE MINISTER’S CONFERENCE ROOM 6TH FLOOR FEDERAL MINISTRY OF HEALTH, ABUJA ON 1ST APRIL, 2014




Preamble:
The 4th Annual Scientific Conference of National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America (NANNNA) held in Houston Texas on 7th – 10th November, 2013 was attended by the Permanent Secretary (PSH), Director Nursing Services and Staff of the Diaspora Unit of the Ministry. One of the recommendations at the end of the conference was ‘to create awareness and campaign against domestic violence in Nigeria’. The PSH therefore directed that strategies to execute the recommendation should be developed by the Nursing Division in collaboration with NANNNA. The purpose of the one-day stakeholders’ meeting was to have diverse perspectives on domestic violence and to collaboratively develop the plan of action on creating public awareness on and effectively campaigning against domestic violence in Nigeria.
The stakeholders’ meeting was well attended; participants came from: NANNNA, Legal Aids Council, National Human Rights Commission, Abuja Muslim Forum, National Association of Nigerian Nurses & Midwives (NANNM), Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria (N&MCN), International Federation of Female lawyers (FIDA), National Orientation Agency (NOA), Daughters of Abraham Foundation (DOAF), Nigerian Police, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), the PPP/Diaspora Unit and the Departments of Public Health, Family Health & Hospital Services in the Federal Ministry of Health.
Observations:
Various perspectives on domestic violence were presented by individuals and representatives of the different agencies from which the following were deduced:
                 i.          Domestic violence is a global phenomenon with far reaching effects on the health and socio-economic wellbeing of the afflicted and the affected; the victim could be male or female
               ii.          Statistics indicate that domestic violence is on the increase globally with increasing fatal consequences
             iii.          Domestic violence is a recurring problem among Nigerian couples in the Diaspora and the cause is traceable to socio-cultural issues
             iv.          Family and religious institutions are not supportive because they lack the basic knowledge, skills and resources to provide support and domestic violence cases are usually mistaken for marital conflicts 
               v.          Education on human rights and responsibilities of victims, neighbours and relevant stakeholders is  currently poor yet education is fundamental to prohibition of violence against persons
             vi.          There are some existing social, legal and government structures that can be strengthened activities against domestic violence e.g. National Orientation Agency, National Human Rights Commission, social welfare services, etc
           vii.          The role of health, social, educational and law enforcement agencies is critical hence the need for capacity building to provide relevant services and serve as trainers
         viii.          There is inadequate database on domestic violence in Nigeria hence the need for research and improved reporting system
             ix.          There is a Bill towards prohibition of violence against persons before the National Assembly
               x.          The high level of participation and commitment exhibited by the stakeholders is a demonstration of appreciation of the magnitude of the problem of domestic violence and the fact that the time for intervention is NOW
 
Resolutions:
Based on i – x above, participants at the meeting arrived at the following resolutions towards creating awareness on and campaigning against domestic violence
  1. Nursing Division should prepare the report of this meeting and forward it promptly to the HMH for due consideration and approval
  2. The plan of action indicating the activities and roles of the stakeholders developed at the meeting should guide interventions
  3. The Federal Ministry of Health should coordinate activities by the stakeholder agencies
  4. A committee domiciled in the Federal Ministry of Health to facilitate the activities should be inaugurated
  5. Copies of the communiqué should be forwarded to all participating individuals / agencies and other identified stakeholders who were not at the maiden meeting to help provide feedback and initiate appropriate actions
  6. Appropriate advocacy kits should be developed preparatory to proposed advocacy visits to Mr. President, members of the National Assembly, State Governors, etc. The kits should be modest and not boring, indicating the antecedents, the vision, strategic plan, conclusion and what expected from the person visited
  7. NANNNA should include domestic violence prohibition activities in its Healthfare scheduled for December 2014 and July / August 2015
  8. The Federal Ministries of Education, Women Affairs and Information, National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), NAPTIP and similar stakeholders should be involved in the campaign

ACTION PLAN FOR AWARENESS CREATION & CAMPAIGN AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
SN
ACTIVITIES
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY / PERSON
TIME FRAME
OUTPUT / INDICATORS
FUNDING
1
Development of IEC materials including jingles in as many local languages as possible; billboards; etc
FMOH-Health Promotion Unit; NOA; NHRC; FMWAffairs
Start now and conclude by 3rd quarter
% level of awareness among Nigerians
Reduction in number of DV cases
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Relevant MDAs International and Local development partners and NGOs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Relevant MDAs International and Local development partners and NGOs
2.
Public enlightenment and education through workshops, seminars, lectures, dialogues, FGDs with focal groups – CBOs, traditional rulers, religious organizations, family units, health workers, etc
All relevant stakeholders – NOA; Nollywood; NHRC; NANNNA; Ministry of Women Affairs; NCWS; FIDA; NSCIA & CAN; NHRC
Start now
Number of workshops etc organized for various groups
 
Improved reporting of DV by victims and/or others
 
Reduction in cases of DV from 30 to 15% by March 2015
 
3.
Inclusion of Domestic Violence prevention issues in schools’ curricula at all levels of education
FMoE; N&MCN; NUC; NCCE; NBTE; MDCN; NHRC
Start the process now
Availability of DV content in curricula at levels by 2015
 
4.
Counselling of offenders / victims of DV and their children
Police; Faith-based organizations; Ministry of Women Affairs; NCWS; Nurses; FIDA; NHRC
On-going
% increased KAP on DV
5.
Reorientation of Nollywood against violent films etc
National Films Censor Board; NHRC
 
 
Now
Reduction in number of violent films produced by 2015
 
Increase in number of films to support prohibition of DV
6.
Capacity building through training and provision of support structures such as shelters; counselling centres; legal aid for the indigents; work-life balance skills development / support; etc
Daughters of Abraham; FOMWAN; FMOH; NOA; NHRC
As soon as possible
Number of people trained
 
Number of school clubs established
 
Human rights / counselling desks established in hospitals
 
Number of TOTs
Number of Shelters provided
 
7.
Lobby the Judicial Commission and Chief Justices of States on speedy disposal of cases on DV and tagging of offenders in database
NANNNA; FMOH; NOA;FIDA; NHRC
Now
% of cases disposed within 3 months
8.
Lobby NASS on speedy passage of the Bill on Prohibition of Violence Against Persons
NANNNA; FMOH; NOA;FIDA; NHRC; NCWS; Ministry of Justice; NGOs
August 2014
Bill passed
9.
Research on DV in Nigeria
FMOH; N&MCN; NANNM; NANNNA; FMOE; NHRC
As soon as possible
2 Nationwide studies by 2015
10.
Increase penalty for offenders and send for mental assessment
Judicial Commission; Ministry of Justice; NASS; NMDC & NMA
As soon as possible
% of offenders charged by 2015
11.
Celebrate International day Against DV with greater coverage & impact
All stakeholders – FMSD
Annually from 2014
Celebration at grassroots
12.
Inclusion of DV prevention activities in annual budget and action plans of stakeholders
All relevant MDAs and stakeholders
Annually from 2015
DV prevention activities captured in 2015 budget of relevant MDAs
 
 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

CDC New Digital Press Kit

CDC’s New Digital Press Kit offers resources to help train medical and nursing students as well as residents on reducing antibiotic resistance in hospitals. Download valuable tools and incorporate them into your training curriculum:http://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/2014/dpk-vs-safer-health-care.html

International Journal of Africa Nursing

The International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences (IJANS)is a new, open access, international scientific journal published by Elsevier. The broad-based journal is founded on two key tenets, i.e. to publish the most exciting research with respect to the subjects of nursing and midwifery inAfrica, and secondly, to advance the international understanding and development of nursing and midwifery in Africa, bothas a profession and as an academic discipline. The fully refereed journal will provide a forumfor all aspects of nursing and midwifery sciences, especially new trends and advances. The journalcalls for original research papers, systematic and scholarly review articles, and critical papers which will stimulate debate on research, policy, theory or philosophy of nursing as related tonursing and midwifery in Africa and technical reports, and shortcommunications, all of which will meet the journal's high academic andethical standards. Manuscripts of nursing practice, education, management, and research are encouraged. The journal values critical scholarly debate on issues that have strategic significance for educators, practitioners, leaders and policy-makers of nursing and midwifery in Africa. The journal will seek to publish the highest quality scholarlycontributions reflecting the diversity of nursing. It is also inviting international scholars who are engaged with nursing and midwifery in Africa to contribute to the journal.The IJANS is an open access journal and in 2014 there will be no publication charges for any author. The Editor, Dr Hester Klopper (CEO, FUNDISA and President, STTI), welcomes submissions at http://ees.elsevier.com/ijans/

Friday, 7 March 2014

E-CLINIC LAUNCHED IN ABUJA.

An online portal for health, EClinicNaija, has launched in Nigeria in hopes of providing healthcare over the internet. The portal, run by Tagged Technologies andToplink Global, hopes to use information and communication technology to eliminate stigma, discrimination and social exclusion and increase uptake of healthcare services, said Omofoman Daniel, managing director of Tagged Technologies.Eclinicnaija.com.ng’s wellness clinic provides a database of registered pharmacies, reminders and alerts for antenatal through pregnancy for women. It also offers direct lines to consult a doctor, schedule an appointment or call foran ambulance over the phone.Its electronic library allows health workers in need of continuous professional development update and collaborate on research.“Leveraging on increasing internet access in Nigeria and high mobile phone penetration of over 81.7 per cent our diagnostic and management room will provide Nigerian medical professionals practicing abroad with virtual access to the healthcare delivery system,” said Daniel. By bringing the health sector to Nigerians’ fingertips, the portal hopes to retain foreign exchange in a bid to stop medical tourism.In 2012, some 18,000 Nigerians on medical visas to India alone spent over N42 billion, said Daniel. “Our solutions will encourage qualitative health care delivery and increase confidence in the Nigerian healthcare system,” he said. The portal’s listing of only registered professionals and facilities to make them easier to reach could also help fish out quacks, Daniel said.

E-CLINIC LAUNCHED IN ABUJA.

An online portal for health, EClinicNaija, has launched in Nigeria in hopes of providing healthcare over the internet. The portal, run by Tagged Technologies andToplink Global, hopes to use information and communication technology to eliminate stigma, discrimination and social exclusion and increase uptake of healthcare services, said Omofoman Daniel, managing director of Tagged Technologies.Eclinicnaija.com.ng’s wellness clinic provides a database of registered pharmacies, reminders and alerts for antenatal through pregnancy for women. It also offers direct lines to consult a doctor, schedule an appointment or call foran ambulance over the phone.Its electronic library allows health workers in need of continuous professional development update and collaborate on research.“Leveraging on increasing internet access in Nigeria and high mobile phone penetration of over 81.7 per cent our diagnostic and management room will provide Nigerian medical professionals practicing abroad with virtual access to the healthcare delivery system,” said Daniel. By bringing the health sector to Nigerians’ fingertips, the portal hopes to retain foreign exchange in a bid to stop medical tourism.In 2012, some 18,000 Nigerians on medical visas to India alone spent over N42 billion, said Daniel. “Our solutions will encourage qualitative health care delivery and increase confidence in the Nigerian healthcare system,” he said. The portal’s listing of only registered professionals and facilities to make them easier to reach could also help fish out quacks, Daniel said.

E-CLINIC LAUNCHED IN ABUJA.

An online portal for health, EClinicNaija, has launched in Nigeria in hopes of providing healthcare over the internet. The portal, run by Tagged Technologies andToplink Global, hopes to use information and communication technology to eliminate stigma, discrimination and social exclusion and increase uptake of healthcare services, said Omofoman Daniel, managing director of Tagged Technologies.Eclinicnaija.com.ng’s wellness clinic provides a database of registered pharmacies, reminders and alerts for antenatal through pregnancy for women. It also offers direct lines to consult a doctor, schedule an appointment or call foran ambulance over the phone.Its electronic library allows health workers in need of continuous professional development update and collaborate on research.“Leveraging on increasing internet access in Nigeria and high mobile phone penetration of over 81.7 per cent our diagnostic and management room will provide Nigerian medical professionals practicing abroad with virtual access to the healthcare delivery system,” said Daniel. By bringing the health sector to Nigerians’ fingertips, the portal hopes to retain foreign exchange in a bid to stop medical tourism.In 2012, some 18,000 Nigerians on medical visas to India alone spent over N42 billion, said Daniel. “Our solutions will encourage qualitative health care delivery and increase confidence in the Nigerian healthcare system,” he said. The portal’s listing of only registered professionals and facilities to make them easier to reach could also help fish out quacks, Daniel said.

E-CLINIC LAUNCHED IN ABUJA.

An online portal for health, EClinicNaija, has launched in Nigeria in hopes of providing healthcare over the internet. The portal, run by Tagged Technologies andToplink Global, hopes to use information and communication technology to eliminate stigma, discrimination and social exclusion and increase uptake of healthcare services, said Omofoman Daniel, managing director of Tagged Technologies.Eclinicnaija.com.ng’s wellness clinic provides a database of registered pharmacies, reminders and alerts for antenatal through pregnancy for women. It also offers direct lines to consult a doctor, schedule an appointment or call foran ambulance over the phone.Its electronic library allows health workers in need of continuous professional development update and collaborate on research.“Leveraging on increasing internet access in Nigeria and high mobile phone penetration of over 81.7 per cent our diagnostic and management room will provide Nigerian medical professionals practicing abroad with virtual access to the healthcare delivery system,” said Daniel. By bringing the health sector to Nigerians’ fingertips, the portal hopes to retain foreign exchange in a bid to stop medical tourism.In 2012, some 18,000 Nigerians on medical visas to India alone spent over N42 billion, said Daniel. “Our solutions will encourage qualitative health care delivery and increase confidence in the Nigerian healthcare system,” he said. The portal’s listing of only registered professionals and facilities to make them easier to reach could also help fish out quacks, Daniel said.

Friday, 28 February 2014

Ondo FMC boss jumps over fence to escape EFCC arrest

There was a mild drama at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo local government area of Ondo state this Tuesday, when the Chief Medical Director(CMD) of the institution, Dr Abiodun Olufemi Omotosho went into hiding to escape from being arrested by the officials of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) during their visit to the Centre.

DailyPost has gathered that it was the third time security operatives would have visited the FMC, but failed to arrest Omotosho.

EFCC had been trailing the FMC boss following an alleged mismanagement of funds meant for the purchase of CT scans and other medical equipment worth millions of naira.
It was gathered that, the security officials were acting on a petition written by some Medical Doctors of the hospital against the CMD led management team over alleged diversion of the money meant for the purchasing of the equipment.


Sources at FMC revealed that the anti-graft agency who went straight to the CMD’s Office did not meet him on seat but met his secretary who claimed the Director was in an important meeting.

It was gathered that the EFCC operatives became suspicious of the secretary’s claims and threatened to arrest her if she failed to tell the truth. Read more from the source

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

NANNM CEASE-FIRE BY Solomon Danmori



The current cease-fire by NANNM has elicited various reactions from Nurses around Nigeria. Most of these reactions seem to be on the negative, with lots of nurses feeling betrayed by the officials of NANNM. This did not come as a surprise seeing the level of corruption in Nigeria these days, one is quick to assume a compromise. We must give them the benefit of hindsight being in the forefront of our collective struggle. 

Labour activities are carried out like warfare, using strategies and tactics, to out manoeuvre the opponent. The opponent will not seat idle at all, they are also having their own strategies and tactics. As Sun Tsu the Chinese sage wrote in the book, ‘’THE ART OF WAR’’ said that ‘’all warfare is based on deception’’, It is obvious that our leaders must be weary of the deceptions of our government and it seems that is the reason for our fear of a compromise. 

The war of IAP Award has been a long standing one, with many battle fought at different point in time. Both legal, diplomatic, media and labour uprising battles have been fought at different time or the other. NANNM has been winning these battles, and now we are at a point where one can say the last battle is at hand to get a full implementation of this award. Nevertheless, the terrain now has changed, we are now in a democracy, there is now social media and news now travels faster than lightning. It means our modus operandi must change to meet current challenges.

NANNM must not be seen to be insensitive to the pains of Nigerian masses; therefore, if there is any sign of show of commitment from the Government to the struggle the union must have to reciprocate the gesture. Moreover, the ultimatum given to the government and strike notice was not in all intent to have a strike but to put pressure on the government to do the right thing. No union want to go on strike it should be a last resort and an avoidable one at that.

The mere fact that the strike notice has been extended is not a sign of failure, it means many more things. Drawing conclusions will be pre-emptive and prejudicial to say the least. A strike threat usually is conditional and if the conditions are answered, then the goal has been achieved. Going on with the strike will amount to illegality and it will change the tide of public opinion. We need the good opinion of the public, as that is the only way our struggle will make an impact. After all, strikes are meant to draw the sympathy of the public to put pressure on the government. It is imperative therefore, that we do not give the government the opportunity to turn the tide against us. 

Strategically as Sun Tsu said ‘’Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near’’. Forget the mockery from our detractor who think we are weak, let them believe what they one to believe. When the time comes, they will be caught unaware. 

WE MUST KEEP THE FAITH AND HOPE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW AND ON OUR LEADERSHIP. 
ALUTA CONTINUE, VICTORIA ARCERTA.