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.
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.
The 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.
The 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.