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15,000 nurses left Nigeria in 2023, says Nursing council Registrar

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By Francesca Hangeior

The Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, Faruk Abubakar has said that over 15,000 nurses and midwives left the country in 2023 to seek greener pastures.

Abubakar said this while speaking on the controversy surrounding the nurses’ certificate verification on Tuesday’s edition of Channels Television’s Morning Brief.

The nurses staged protests at the NMCN’s offices in Abuja and Lagos, respectively to express their displeasure over what they described as an attempt to hinder their freedom to pursue career opportunities, asking the council to address nurses’ welfare, salary scale, shortage of staff, and other rights.

NMCN, in its revised guidelines, stated that applicants seeking verification of certificates from foreign nursing boards and councils must possess two years of post-qualification experience from the date of issuance of the permanent practising license.

Meanwhile, Abubakar said the number of nurses leaving the country is increasing every year.

He said, “42,000 nurses left the country in the last three years. Last year alone, it was over 15,000, the number is increasing year by year.”

When asked what the council is doing to protect and improve the welfare of the nurses, the Federal Ministry of Health is working towards improving the nurses’ working conditions, allowances, and salaries.

“The FMoH and the honourable Minister of State (for health) are working hard to ensure a very conducive working environment, with the provision of state-of-art equipment, and instruments, that will help them provide quality care for Nigerians.

“And I want to assure (you) that within a couple of months, a lot has been integrated and provided in 2024 that will improve the welfare of the nurses that we are talking about. When talking about the salary they are talking about, I think it’s a general phenomenon, and I believe it’s a general thing.

“There is a lot of progress that is going on to review the salary and nurses are also included in that policy. I think it’s a general phenomenon, all other sectors are also complaining, and the government is doing a lot,” he stated.

He added that the council is not responsible for the remuneration of nurses in the country.

“Our responsibility is to ensure that nurses are regulated to better education and practice for Nigerians. Those who are responsible are doing their best to ensure that the welfare is attended to.

“Additionally, the NANNM, which is the umbrella body (of nurses and midwives) is doing a lot. I know that there was a lot of discussion with the honourable Minister some weeks back, and all related to their welfare. The association that is responsible for that is doing its best to ensure that the welfare is improved drastically,” he said.

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Lassa Fever: Benue Records 9 Deaths, 47 Confirmed Cases

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At least nine deaths have been recorded from 46 confirmed cases of Lassa fever in seven local government areas of Benue State.

State Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Dr Yanmar Ortese, said that five health workers and four Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were among the numbers of confirmed Lassa fever cases in the state.

Ortese, worried by the development, said he was presently in Abuja to discuss the matter with the Director General of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). 

“Right now, I’m in Abuja with the DG of NCDC and I have presented the case of Lassa fever before him so we are discussing it. I have taken it to the national level,” he said.

State Epidemiologist, Dr Sam Ngishe, however, told our correspondent on telephone that the first case of the current Lassa fever outbreak in the state was noticed in week 50 of last year. 

“Altogether, as at this moment, we are speaking from result gotten so far, Benue has 46 cases of Lassa fever spread across seven local government areas of the state to include, Obi, Okpokwu, Gwer West, Makurdi, Guma, Gwer East and Ukum. It’s actually an increase compared to what we had last year. 

“So far, we have nine deaths in confirmed cases as we speak. We have been able to bury all in accordance with safe burial protocols across the various areas of the state where they hailed from,” Ngishe explained.

He said that they have sustained response through the intervention of the Federal Government, World Bank and NCDC, adding that the bodies had spoken loudly to enhance Benue’s surveillance efforts, risk communication in the community as well as spoken to the laboratory component of the response and co-ordinations. 

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Meningitis outbreak kills 20 Nigerian school students

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By Francesca Hangeior

A meningitis outbreak has killed at least 20 boarding school students and infected hundreds more, the education commissioner in northeastern Yobe state said on Wednesday.

“We have recorded an outbreak of meningitis in six secondary schools in the state which led to the death of 20 students out of the 473 infected,” Mohammed Sani Idriss said.

The epicentre of the outbreak is the city of Potiskum and its Government Technical College has been worst hit, accounting for 17 of the deaths, Idriss said.

The schools are under medical surveillance with isolation centres and emergency care facilities, he said.

“The situation is under control because we have not recorded any new cases in the past two days while 370 of those hospitalised have recovered and been discharged,” Idriss added.

Meningitis is an infection of the lining around the brain and spinal cord, transmitted through respiratory droplets or throat secretions.

It has a high fatality rate and children are especially at risk.

Nigeria lies in the so-called “meningitis belt” of sub-Saharan Africa, stretching from Senegal in the west to Ethiopia in the east, where outbreaks of the disease are common.

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Six ways to last longer during intercourse with your spouse

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For many people, the ability to last longer during sex is a desirable goal that enhances pleasure and intimacy.

In this guide, we’ll discuss six tips to help both men and women improve their sexual stamina and prolong the pleasure of intimate moments.

Practice Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques
Mindfulness techniques, such as deep breathing exercises and meditation can help calm the mind and reduce anxiety during sex.

By focusing on the present moment and letting go of worries, you can achieve a state of relaxation that promotes se3ual stamina.

Engage in Regular Exercise
Regular physical activity not only improves overall health but also enhances your sexual stamina.

Are you aware cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and yoga can boost endurance? Yes, they can also increase blood flow to the pelvic region, and improve control over arousal and ejaculation.

Aren’t Kegel exercises just for women, you ask? No, they can also benefit men by strengthening the pelvic floor muscles responsible for ejaculatory control.

This is an exercise that involves the repeated contracting and relaxing of the muscles that form part of the pelvic floor. Kegel exercises can help men achieve better control over their orgasms and prolong sexual encounters.

Explore Different Positions
Exploring different sexual positions can help you find what works best for you and your partner in terms of prolonging sexual pleasure.

I doubt you’re going against any of the scriptures if you try something new. Explore beyond missionary. But if you choose not to, you’re probably going against ‘scripture’ that preaches about a couple’s satisfaction in bed.

Communicate with your partner
Open and honest communication with your partner is necessary for improving sexual stamina. How often do you get feedback? Oh, it does exist here too, not only when you make inquiries from network providers.
Discussing preferences, desires, and concerns can help you and your partner feel more comfortable in exploring different positions to prolong sexual pleasure together.

Prioritize Foreplay
If you’re the type that goes straight to the point in talks, you need to explore another habit here. Engaging in extended periods of foreplay can help build arousal gradually and delay the onset of orgasm.
Focusing on pleasurable activities such as kissing, caressing, and oral sex can heighten excitement and prolong the overall sexual experience.

Lasting longer during sex is something that requires patience and practice. By applying these tips, you can control arousal and prolong sexual pleasure.

Also, remember that the key to lasting long in bed lies in understanding your body and that of your partner.

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