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Nursing News / 26year Old Adwoa Boatemaa Adu-...
Last post by Kattybee - Sep 27, 2022, 03:39 PM
A 26-year nurse, Eunice Maame Adwoa Boatemaa Adu-Phoku, has emerged winner of this year's Miss Ghana UK held at the Gaumont Palace (DC) The Broadway, High Road, Wood Green.

Held on September 10, 2022, Ms Adu -Poku staved off competition from10 other beautiful ladies to take the coveted crown. She also won Miss Eloquence on the night alongside both 1st and 2nd Runners up.

Adwoa Boatemaa Adu -Poku won for herself £1000 cash, ticket to Ghana (Easter 2023), a trip to Dubai sponsored by Koppan Hospitality, Outfits from Nelles, products from House of Hair, UKG Heritage, Natural Skincare by Viva CBV beauty treatment from LCMP and she automatically is the Face of MGUK Foundation.



First runner-up went to Miss Margherita Melody Nana Adwoa Boatemaa Oppong. She also won the Miss Eloquence award and went home with £500 cash, products from House of Hair, UKG Heritage, Natural Skincare by Viva CBV and beauty treatment from LCMP.

Additionally, Miss Manuella Ann Adwoa Awini won second runner-up and also Miss Eloquence award. She went home with £250 cash, products from House of Hair, UKG Heritage, Natural Skincare by Viva CBV and beauty treatment from LCMP.

The other award winners were Margherita Melody Nana Adwoa Boatemaa Oppong who won the Best Traditional Wear award, Best Personality award went to Miss Glenda Nana Adwoa Serwaa Gaspard and Miss Social award went to Miss Esmeraldah Afiyoh Nague.

The judges for the pageant were, Gina Haick nee Cave-Lathbridge -Manger for Coach Tapestry Brand Ambassador, Denise Hanson – Miss Ghana UK 2010, Papa Kow Bartell – Head of Trade and Investment Ghana High Commission UK and Ireland, Yvonne Abba- Opoku ACG- Director at Heartfelt Philanthropy Network and Chartered Governance Advisor and Mamaga Abu Buiekpor II of Anlo State.

Prior to the main event, the contestants embarked on a number of activities including, mental health and wellbeing session, cultural dancing, etiquette training, cooking session, MGUK Foundation Life Skills Training and Coaching, cake decorating challenge among others.

Speaking to the Co-Director of Miss Ghana UK, Ms Mavis Osei, she noted gratitude is all she has to render.

"I thank God for giving us the strength to do this. Relieved that we managed to put this phenomenal show on in 2 and half months.

The feedback has been extremely positive, one of the best Miss Ghana UKs ever. This was only made possible with funding from all our sponsors and more so the Miss Ghana UK team without everyone this would not have been possible," she said. Massive thank you to all sponsors, Supporters and Media Partners.

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Nursing News / National Nurse Leaders’ Summit...
Last post by Administrator - Sep 27, 2022, 08:09 AM
Stakeholders in the Nursing and Midwifery sector will converge in Lagos on Tuesday September 27 to Friday 30 to proffer Solution to the issue of 'brain drain' in the sector.

Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, Dr Faruk Umar Abubakar At a press conference in Lagos on Monday to kick start the program hinted that the summit would help to solve the issues of poor wages, working environment and other issues affecting the nurses and midwives.



According to Dr. Abubakar, so many far reaching decisions would be taking at the four days summit in order to berth a new order and better working conditions for the nurses.

He, however, maintains that the Council is already working to bridge the gap because of the mass exodus of the nurses professionals to seek greener pastures abroad.

Part of the measures according to him are increment in the intake of nurses in Nigerian universities and opening of more nursing colleges to cater for the ever increasing needs of the country.

The National nurse leaders summit tagged 'Eko 2022' with the theme:" Transforming Nursing practice through strategic plan for Nursing and midwifery", is expected to come up with a working plan that's implementable to address the pressing needs in the sector.

Mr. Nnachi Michael, National President of the association of Nigeria nurses and midwives was unequivocal that there's need to increase the retirement age of nurses to 65 years, adding that proper grading and improvement in shift duty and call duty allowances will be an incentive to those who want to stay back in the country.

He said; "They (nurses & midwives) constitute over 50 per cent of the workforce of the health sector.

"They are leaving on daily basis for economic reasons. The pull and push factor. If nothing is done concerning the welfare of the nurses, The healthcare sector may collapse. If their welfare are looked into, it will encourage them to do more.

"At least 20 percent of the total annual budget should go to the health sector.

"Now, as people are leaving, there's depletion on workforce, thereby putting pressure on those available. We are asking that the government should extend the retirement age to 65 years.

"Nurses should be involved in policy matters as well as appointments. We have experience hands and the credentials to deliver at all levels.

"If you compare the salary of nurses in a month in Nigeria to that of nurses for a week outside the country, it's far cry. It's too poor."

Expected at the four day summit are minister of health, Dr Ehanire Osagie, Lagos state commissioner for health, Prof Akin Abayomi, Mrs Kemi Ogunyemi and Mrs Sola Aketi amongst others.

Source: News Online
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Nursing News / Uganda Government to Review Cu...
Last post by Administrator - Sep 26, 2022, 06:03 PM
The Ministry of Education has revealed plans to review the curriculum for nursing and midwives programmes to make it more flexible.

In an interview with Monitor yesterday, the State Minister for Higher Education, Mr John Chrysostom Muyingo, said they would formulate modules that favour nurses and midwives who are working, but wish to undertake further studies.

Mr Muyingo said those at the diploma level have to study full time (from Monday to Sunday). He said the modules would be reduced to enable them study on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and complete the syllabus at the same time as their counterparts on direct entry.

Fresh Senior Six leavers join nursing and midwifery at a diploma level. However, those who did the same course at a certificate level after Senior Four can use these certificates to upgrade to diploma after two years of working in the same field.

"We are going to come up with programmes that enable them to study as well as continue with their work," Mr Muyingo said.

Some sources in the Ministry of Education said there are proposals to have the health workers attend online studies.

"They will be required to attend physical lessons on some convenient days, most especially when they are off duty and continue with online lessons while at the workplace," the source said.

The commissioner for Health Education and Training (HET) at the Ministry of Education, Dr Safinah Museene, said the performance of nurses who are already working is lower than those who join the programme directly from A-Level.

"We understand they are not performing well because of the extra load they have at their workplaces and their family.  We shall design their curriculum in such a way that it favours them," Dr Museene said.

Background


The government in April announced that it would increase salaries of health workers, and a number of health workers rushed to upgrade studies to get a huge pay.

According to the revised salaries, the higher the qualifications, the higher the pay. Currently, a certificate holder gets Shs1.4m, diploma holders Shs2.6m while those with bachelors degrees are paid at least Shs4m.

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Nursing News / Nursing and Midwifery Council ...
Last post by Administrator - Sep 26, 2022, 05:43 PM
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana wishes to inform its cherished stakeholders that the
 15th Governing Board of the Council has approved the release of results of the following
licensing examinations held in August 2022

How to check your license results 

Step 1: Go to https://nmc.gov.gh

Step 2: Click on online services>online results

Step 3: a) Select Generate code on the next page

b) Key in your index number, contact number and date of birth. Click on Generate code. You will receive the code via SMS.
c) Proceed to click on check on check results
d) Key in your index number and the code you received
e) Print a copy of the result.

Registration for Successful Candidates
a) Pay the approved registration fee at any branch of ADB or GCB.
b) After successful payment, click on congratulations button to fill the registration
form and submit online.

NB: You are required to upload an image of your bank pay-in-slip.

You are not required to print and send a copy of the registration form to your institution for endorsement

c) Proceed to the nearest Regional office with the following documents:
Bank pay-in-slip
Valid National ID Card
2 passport size photographs with white background for Basic programmes and Red
background for Auxiliary Programmes.

NB: Failure to register within IWO MONTHS from the date of publication of results would attract a Penalty.
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Nursing News / 72% of Nurses in Malta are fro...
Last post by Administrator - Sep 25, 2022, 04:47 PM
Half of all third-country nationals working as nurses in Malta's private hospitals leave or change job in the first six months of arriving, according to a study carried out by the Malta Chamber of Commerce.

Around 72 per cent of nurses working within the private sector are foreign, non-EU citizens, the study noted.

The study also showed that 63 per cent of care workers, who help vulnerable people live as comfortably as possible, are third-country nationals, of which nine per cent leave Malta in the first six months.

"This is how critical the situation is in terms of human resources and nursing staff," said Marthese Portelli CEO of The Malta Chamber.

She was speaking during a conference on healthcare organised by the Malta Chamber and EY Malta, the third event in the Industry Focus Series, this time dedicated to the health sector.

During the event, the Chamber's CEO spoke of "nurses" and "care workers", though the lobby group later clarified that its figures only took into account private clinics and hospitals.



n her address, Portelli mapped out the challenges faced by Malta's healthcare sector, one that relies on third-country nationals since the number of Maltese graduates are not enough to make up for the growing demands of the sector in a country with an ageing population.

Like other industries, the healthcare industry is struggling to source employees. Apart from nurses and care worker shortages, there were challenges in finding other professionals since this was an industry that "cannot have any salesperson" - they had to come from the medical profession.

Three other hurdles

Portelli said the industry faced three additional hurdles: First came the administrative challenges that included the need to continue addressing the bureaucracy in the granting of permits for third country nationals.

There was also the issue of competition where the government poached workers from the private sector.

Third was the issue of attractiveness - for example, Malta's family reunification process was not as attractive as other countries. In fact, family reunification and bureaucracy were listed as the main reasons by third-country nationals who left Malta for the UK during a mass exodus last year.

In light of these facts, the chamber recommended ensuring that adequate resources were invested to ensure that the Nurses and Midwifery Council had a set timeframe for processing applications, addressing visa delays and looking into granting a three-month interim work permit while longer-term permits were cleared.

There were also various challenges that had a direct link on supply chains, including Malta's connectivity issues, economies of scale, increasing transport costs, product shelf life and energy prices.

Source:Times of Malta
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Nursing News / Indian Nurses in Malta Wins Cr...
Last post by Administrator - Sep 25, 2022, 04:30 PM
A group of Indian nurses, who migrated to Malta anticipating a career in medical profession, have found fame in the central Mediterranean country for something that doesn't have any link with their nursing career of many years.



The migrant medical professionals have become a part of Malta's female T20I team and won their debut match against Romania last month.

The team has over 20 players, majority of whom are nurses from India. Ironically none of them has any experience in cricket. Few players in the team are from other countries including Nepal, Bangladesh, the Philippines, South Africa and the UK. No player in the team is from Malta.

The team won Continental Cupby 3-0 on August 28.

Skipper Shamla Cholassery, a medical nurse from Kerala, led the team to unprecedented triumph, paving pay for a future of the game in Malta.

Shamla reached Malta in 2019 as a care assistant. She later passed her written exam and started working there as a nurse.

She, along with few other women from India, responded to an advertisement which suggested Malta Cricket Association was setting up its first women's cricket team and was looking for players.

The team's coach, Lee Tuck, toldThe Nationalhe was overwhelmed by the response he got when he wanted to set up a women's cricket team. He also said that it took only six months for the team to master the game.

Tuck said players have now become celebrity in Malta after winning their maiden game and more people have started developing interest in the game.
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Nursing News / Tumu Midwifery Training Colleg...
Last post by Administrator - Sep 25, 2022, 02:12 PM
Madam Ladi Kanton, the Principal of the Tumu Midwifery Training College, has appealed for an auditorium for the school to ensure ease of gathering.



She made the appeal at Tumu during the matriculation ceremony for fresh students.
She said: "Let me use this opportunity to passionately appeal to the Municipal Chief Executive and other stakeholders to consider as a matter of priority to provide the College with an auditorium even, if it is several classrooms converted into an auditorium."

She said that would help solve one of the biggest problems of lack of a large space where students can gather.
Madam Kanton emphasised that during occasions such as matriculation, and examination, "We have no option but to have an outdoor programme with all the possibilities of being disrupted by the weather."

She said the college currently had a student population of 344, comprising 303 and 41 registered and Post Nurses Assistant Clinical and Nurse Assistant Preventive (NAC/NAP) students respectively.

On academic performance, Madam Kanton said: "For the past years, we remained consistent by recording a 100 per cent pass rate in both the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the University of Cape Coast examinations and I commend the faculty staff for their commitment and hard work".

She, however, expressed worry over the declining rate of the quality of passes as the number of graduates with first class/distinction as evidenced in the pass rates of the Nursing and Midwifery Council licensing examinations was going down.

She blamed students' indiscipline as the cause of the declining performance and promised to curb it with measures of strictly adhering to academic rules by ensuring demotion and dismissal of non-performing students.
Mr Fuseini Batong Yakubu, the Sissala East Municipal Chief Executive, stated that the government was tackling educational needs and making it more accessible to all students in the country hence the introduction of the nursing and teacher training allowance.

He added: "Your admission into this College is one of the steps the government is taking to provide maternal health services to improve access to skilled delivery in the country, especially in rural areas."

"The government of President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo is striving to achieve Sustainable Development Goal three, which seeks to ensure healthy lives and promote the wellbeing of newborns", he added.

Mr Yakubu assured the school's management that the Municipal Assembly was collaborating with the management of the College to address the challenges.

He said the assembly was currently constructing a 3-unit classroom block with ancillary facilities for the college to help bridge the infrastructure gap identified.

He expressed gratitude to the management of the school for the prudent management of the college in the face of scarce resources.

The MCE admonished the matriculants to learn hard to be efficient midwives as the future of their profession is in their hands, which they could achieve by focusing on their studies.

Credit: News Ghana
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Nursing News / Georgina AsorBotchwey: Police ...
Last post by Administrator - Sep 25, 2022, 02:01 PM
he Central Regional Police on Monday exhumed the body of Georgina AsorBotchwey, a 25-year-old student nurse who was murdered and buried in a house at Mankessim in the Mfantsiman municipality of the Central Region.

A suspect, who is alleged to be a pastor has been arrested by the police but the second person, Nana Crack, Tutuhen of Ekumfi Akwakrom, whose room the body was retrieved from, is on the run.

Items including bag, shoes, and other things, belonging to the deceased was retrieved from the room.

The police in the region declined to give details of the arrest following directive by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for media enquiries to be channelled to the Police Headquarters in Accra.

Residents in the area explained that, Nana Crack who doubles as the President for the Mankessim Traders Association and the 'pastor' was alleged to have kidnapped and raped the deceased before demanding money from the family members.

They said, the lady was subsequently murdered by the two suspects and buried secretly in the room of Nana Crack.

A source said the pastor was arrested at Cape Coast and confessed to the crime during an interrogation by the police.

Residents in the area believed that, the body was buried about three weeks ago but they could not come up with any proof.

According to them, the reported incidence of murder and other criminal activities continue to have psychological effect on them as they currently live.

They called on the IGP to beef up security in Mankessim and its environs.

An Assembly Man in the area, CephasAuthur, told the Ghanaian Times that, the murder was not the first incident to be recorded as the MankessimTownship and its environs had been experiencing murder cases for some time now.

He appealed to the police administration to ensure the deployment of adequate police personnel to beef up security at Mankessim and other surrounding communities.

He said the 'self-styled pastor' who was arrested at Cape Coast confessed to the crime and then led the police to the residence of the Tufuhen where the decomposing body was exhumed.

The body had been deposited at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital Mortuary.

Source: Ghanaian Times
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Nursing News / Doctors, Nurses others Will Be...
Last post by Administrator - Sep 25, 2022, 12:22 AM
In order to avoid manipulation of their results at the polling units, the Labour Party (LP) has declared that doctors, nurses and other medical professionals will serve as their agents in the 2023 presidential election.

National chairman of the Labour Party, Barr Julius Abure, said Nigerians are ready to take back their country, adding that the party will ensure that they block every loophole for rigging.

Speaking when Docs&Medics4PeterObi, a movement by healthcare professionals to install a frugal, pragmatic and responsible government led by Mr Peter Obi and Sen Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, visited his office, Abure said he wants the list of all the medical personnels across the country so that they can serve as the party's agents at the polling units.

"The support we are getting is unprecedented. Let me commend the medical doctors, nurses and other health personnel for supporting Peter Obi.

"The level of work and the amount of passion you have out into this project is unprecedented. Medical Doctors, Nurses and other health personnel will act as our agents in their polling units, " Abure said, adding that they are ahead of people who may want to rig the election.
He further said, "We are ahead of the people who are planning to rig the election at the polling units level. The current electoral act has made our votes secured and stop rigging at the polling unit through the electronic transmission of election results.

"Send the list of Doctors and nurses at the polling units since they can't be compromised at the polling. They will serve as our agents. If the medical people are there, our votes will count.

"Come 2023, I am convinced that we will win the election. The political narrative of Nigeria will change. That is why I am no longer sleeping. The Labour Party and Peter Obi will bring good governance. When the time comes for campaigns, when we roll out our plans, other parties will park their things and go. Ensure we deliver Peter Obi in 2023," Abure said.

Speaking, the leader of Docs&Medics4PeterObi, Dr Uche Uzoukwu said their association is in all the polling units adding that they are out to influence 100,000 Nigeria Health practitioners to mobilize more than 30 million citizens to take back their country and vote for the Labour Party at the presidential election in 2023.

Uzoukwu said medical doctors who are leaving the country are asking the people staying back whether their heads are not correct.

"We will stay and take back our country. The nurses, Pharmacist Laboratory including the security personnel working in the hospital have formed state groups, local government groups and are now moving to the ward level.

"We have inaugurated our ward leaders, now moving down to the polling units. We want to grow to 500,000 medical workers and encourage them to get in touch with 50 people which will give us 25 million votes for Peter Obi.

Source: Leadership News
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Nursing News / Kwara College of Nursing To Pa...
Last post by Administrator - Sep 24, 2022, 11:56 PM
The Kwara College of Nursing and Midwifery, llorin has partnered with the Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso, Oyo State, on degree programmes, including full-time, part-time and master's in Nursing Sciences at the college.

Mallam Abubakar Ayinla, the Provost of the College, stated this on Saturday in a statement after a stakeholders' meeting in Ilorin.

Ayinla emphasised that he would continue to sustain financial prudence in the administration of the college "in line with the policy of Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq-led administration in the state".

According to him, he has adopted such a policy in the administration of the institution since inception and it has helped the college in effective management of human and material resources.

"The facts and records are there for verification. My administration has held on to strict financial regulation and prudence that the Abdulrazaq administration at the state level is known for. It is merit-driven and highly impactful," he said.

The Nurse educator asserted that the expansion of the college infrastructure in recent times was cost effective and tenable.

"We have maximised our financial capabilities to achieve more in the face of daunting challenges."

The Provost sai Abdulrazaq should be commended for his understanding, commitment and ability to reposition the college to achieve more in accordance with the institution's mandate.

Mr. Saka Kayode, the Registrar of the College and Secretary to the Governing Council of the College, commended the management for holding fast to its responsibilities at all levels.

He stated that the Provost had sterling leadership qualities so rare to find in most education administrators in Nigeria.
 
According to him, it has been almost four years of promise kept and delivered in the nursing and midwifery education sector under the Provost, adding that the lofty ideas have been attained.

He pointed out that the accreditation of courses were achieved; more knowledge impactors had gone through training and re-training programmes at various levels; facilities were upgraded, including water, classrooms and offices.

Kayode said that students, lecturers and management relationship was superb, while old students were in contact with the management, trying to give back to the college through various arrangements and established communication channels.
(NAN)