Nasarawa Govt. To Partner Nurses, Midwives On Service Delivery

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The Nasarawa state Ministry of Health has taken steps to ensure standard practice in the nursing and midwifery profession.

Consequently, the management said it has concluded arrangement with the State chapter of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), to organise a one week intensive mandatory continuing professional development program, workshop for practitioners.

A statement in Lafia signed by the Ministry’s Director of Nursing Services, Alabere Bawa, indicated that the week-long symposium would serve as an avenue for renewal of practicing licenses and is expected to update practitioners with current trends and ways to enhance service delivery.

The statement calls on all nurses and midwives in the state to converge on Monday April 3, for the commencement of the training program.

FG Deploys Midwives To Primary Healthcare Centres Nationwide

Health, midwives FG Deploys Midwives To Primary Healthcare Centres Nationwide The Federal Government is deploying skilled midwives to Primary Healthcare Centers across the country to strengthen service delivery.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, (NPHDA), Dr Emmanuel Odu, revealed this at the opening of a Midwives Service Orientation Scheme in Abuja.

Dr Odu said that the scheme is a year-long mandatory service for all graduates of nursing, which is aimed at improving their skills on key aspects of primary health.

This comes after series of meetings held by key stakeholders across the nation to discuss ways by which health systems can be improved especially in a critical time when the current economic recession is being experienced in Nigeria.

At such a time, it has become increasingly difficult for the less privileged and vulnerable members of the society to assess Primary Health Care services.

The Nigerian Medical Association recently staged a walk, demanding the implementation of the National Health Act, enacted in 2014.

The association says the passage into law has been stalled as a result of the non-nonchalant attitude of the Federal Government.

In a message from the President of Nigerian Medical Association, Professor Mike Ogirima, the Federal Government was urged to immediately start the operation of the National Health Act without further delay in order to address the numerous challenges of healthcare delivery to Nigerians.

Members of the Nigerian Medical Association, Plateau State Chapter, and Abia state, joined their counterparts across the nation in a nationwide walk to call on the government at all levels to implement the provisions of the National Health Act, 2014.

UBTH Nurses Protest Against Kidnap Of Colleague In Edo

Nurses at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) have demanded the immediate release of their abducted colleague, Mrs Rita Aiwerela, who was kidnapped on Sunday in the state’s capital.

The Chairman of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) in UBTH, Osigbeme Augustine, decried the upsurge in the rate of kidnap across Nigeria.

The Secretary NANNM in UBTH, Austin Owenaze, also said the family of the victim told them that the abductors were demanding a ransom of 10 million Naira.

He wondered how the family would get such amount of money and called for Mrs Aiwerela’s unconditional release.

The nurses made the demand on Tuesday during a peaceful demonstration at the UBTH premises in Benin City, southern Nigeria.

They expressed worries about the worsening insecurity in Nigeria, especially in Edo State.

They have called on the Edo State government and the security agencies to ensure the release of their colleague.

Blood Bank Society Holds 3rd Anniversary Conference In Lagos

bbsnThe Blood Bank Society of Nigeria (BBSN), has held its 3rd annual conference in Lagos to enlighten Nigerians about the need for more participation in voluntary blood donation to save lives.

On Friday, medical experts at the event warned that the need for blood transfusions is increasing partly due to the rise in cases of communicable diseases and blood loss during and after pregnancy.

BBSN is a body that unites people who have interest in blood banking and transfusion service which include; Red Cross members, nurses, medical laboratory scientists, hospital administrators, technical staff in the blood banks, doctors and especially haematologists.

BBSN, with storage facilities through her member sites, works as storage facilities for easy accessibility of properly screened and government certified blood for transfusion in remote areas.

It was incorporated in Nigeria on December 4, 2008, as organized body for core professionals in blood banking to interact and improve on standard of practice in blood banking and transfusion service towards achieving the standard set by the National Blood Transfusion Service.

BBSN creates awareness to promote voluntary non-remunerated blood donation as the safest mode of blood donation.



LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Suspends Five Months Strike

LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Suspends Five Months StrikeThe Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, the capital Osun State, south-west Nigeria, has suspended its ongoing strike.

The suspension of the five months industrial action by the union of the government-owned hospital is coming after the payment ‎of the 2013 salary arrears owed.

The Chief Medical Director of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Professor Femi Fadiora, revealed that a total of 150 million naira outstanding salary of LAUTECH workers owed by the Oyo State government had been offset by the Osun State government, explaining that it was the remuneration that made all workforce resume their duties.

Professor Fadiora then urged the workers to perform their duties peacefully and submissively and also appealed to the public to bear with the hospital for the long period it was out of service.

However, the turnout was low at the Osun State secretariat as workers expressed confusion on the directive‎ of the labour leaders whether to resume or not, following the 50% payment remitted to the account of officers on Grade Level 8 and above.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) leadership is yet to make a definite statement on the industrial action but the Chairman of Osun State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Comrade Olalere Olawuyi, had directed in a statement that teachers should stay at home till further notice.

Ebola: Health Workers Seek Better Welfare


Health workers in Nigeria are seeking protection and better incentives for their colleagues giving treatment for patients with Ebola Virus Disease.

According to the President of the Health Workers Union, Mr Ayuba Wabba, healthcare providers have been worse affected by the outbreak of the disease in West Africa.

The union called for the recruitment of more health workers and better legislature that would guarantee the welfare of the care givers in the front-line of fighting the Ebola scourge.

Mr Wabba was speaking at a forum organised by the National Union of Medical and Health Worker in Nigeria to provide training on how to manage Ebola cases without being infected with the virus.

Apart from the workshop, health workers also believe there is a need for insurance and better legislature.

The National Council on Health had, on Monday, passed a resolution to press for life insurance coverage for health workers handling Ebola cases across the country.

While all health workers are at the risk of contracting the virus, experts believe that those working in laboratories, nurses, laundry and clinical services are at greater risk.

The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives have also threatened industrial action because of discrimination and poor welfare.

Statistics reveals that since the recent outbreak, over 240 health workers have contracted the virus in West Africa. In Nigeria, out of the six deaths recorded, three were health care workers.