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15,049 Nigerian Nurses Move To UK In Five Years

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No fewer than 15,049 nurses trained in Nigeria obtained licence to practise in the United Kingdom within a period of five years spanning from March 2017 to March 2021, The PUNCH has learnt.

This was disclosed in a report obtained from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of the UK on Tuesday in Abuja.

Our correspondent observed that Nigeria is the third highest country with foreign nurses in England coming after the Philippines and India.

The NMC is the UK body responsible for the registration of professionals eligible to practise in the UK. The body also investigates concerns about nurses, midwives and nursing associates.

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In the report, the NMC said, “The number of people on the permanent register in England who trained outside the European Economic Area continues to grow. As of March 2017, the body stated that 2,670 Nigerian nurses registered on the register. In March 2018, the body noted that 2,678 registered between March 2017 and March 2018.

15,049 Nigerian Nurses Move To UK In Five Years

“March 2019 saw a record of 2,771 while the number of nurses who registered between March 2019 and March 2020 increased to 3,205. Within this period, the body noted that it opened a temporary COVID-19 register to accommodate nurses willing to practise.”
Alhough the body did not state the number of Nigerian nurses on the temporary COVID-19 register, it stated that between March 2020 and March 2021, a total of 3,725 Nigerian nurses registered and were granted licenses.
The PUNCH reports that on the list, Nigeria comes third in the list of foreign countries with nurses practicing in the UK coming after The Philippines and India.

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The PUNCH reports that the Nigerian health sector is currently facing challenges in the area of brain drain as medical doctors and other health workers have continued to migrate over the years due to what experts tagged as “unfavorable” working conditions.

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Toyin Saraki Appointed As WHO Foundation Ambassador For Global Health

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Toyin Saraki has been appointed by WHO Foundation World Health Organization (WHO) as Inaugural Global Health Ambassador.

Sharing the news on Facebook, Toyin Saraki wrote:

I am delighted to announce that the World Health Organization Foundation has named me their Inaugural Global Health Ambassador. This is a natural progression of the blossoming collaboration between my advocacy, philanthropy and our intrinsic synergies in relation to fighting the many challenges faced in global health.

Global health needs us all, from every country, to work as one. We must all dedicate ourselves to keeping the world safe, and advocate for the protection of the most vulnerable. By working together, we can change the lives of future generations.

I look forward to propelling one of the world’s most influential global health initiatives forward through the joint force and work we have initiated. We have set out to protect the health and well-being of everyone, in every part of the world, and I am honoured as the Inaugural Ambassador to reiterate my commitment to the development, growth and mission of the WHO Foundation, and to support the World Health Organization (WHO) and the global health community.

Toyin Saraki Appointed As WHO Foundation Ambassador For Global Health

WHO’s statement on Mrs Saraki’s appointment below:

We are thrilled to announce Her Excellency Toyin Saraki as WHO Foundation Ambassador for Global Health.

She is a highly esteemed global advocate with decades of work dedicated to women’s and children’s health and empowerment, ending gender-based violence, and improving lives in sub-Saharan Africa with The Wellbeing Foundation.

We are applauding Mrs Saraki’s tireless commitment to improving global health and are delighted to welcome her as an Ambassador for Global Health.

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We Have Been Polio Free in Bauchi State Since 2013…Says Gov Bala

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By Bashir Hassan Abubakar

Against the background of some news stories making rounds in some National Dailies insinuating resurfacing of Wild Polio Virus (WPV) in Bauchi State, the State Government has debunked such claims, describing it as “Misrepresentation of Information”.

Addressing Journalists in his office Monday evening, the Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BSPHCDA) Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed said that there has not been any case of Wild Polio Various in any part of the state since 2013.

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He said that what BSPHCDA detected was 38 cases of Circulating Vaccine-Derived Polio Viruses out of the 315 samples collected from January to December 2021.

Dr. Rilwanu further said that as part of the post-polio free certification activities, the World Health Organization (WHO) has directed every country to intensify surveillance activities, strengthen routine immunization for children and continuous public health education.

He disclosed that, “the circulating vaccine-derived polio viruses which are referred to as the circulating Mutant Polio Viruses (cMPV) normally results from mutation (change of form/characteristics) of the attenuated polio viruses used in the manufacturing of the Polio Virus. These are not Wild Polio Virus (WPV) that causes paralysis, but are used as indicators to measure the quality of immunization services and disease surveillance”.

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“Bauchi State like other states of the Federation remains free from Wild Polio Virus. The last case of WPV detected in the state was in 2013. All measures to prevent the recurrence of the virus as recommended by WHO are religiously followed in the state”, said Dr. Mohammed.

He said that, that was the why he kept stressing during his speech at the flag off of OBR 1 campaign last Saturday that “It is not WPV but cMPV that is detected in the state”.

Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed therefore urged media houses to always verify facts about any information before publication.

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Kano Govt Bans Shisha Smoking, Stops Underage Children From Entering Hotels

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The Kano State Task Force on Tourism Development Levy has banned underage children from going to hotels.

The Task Force has also banned shisha smoking in the state.

The committee also reviewed the laws regulating hotels, restaurants and event centres in the state.

The Chairman of the Committee, Baffa Babba Dan-agundi, said this after a meeting with the owners of hotels, restaurants and event centres to inform them of the new development.

The committee informed them of a new levy by the state government that will help in sanitizing their places of business for the purpose of avoiding acts of prostitution in the state.

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The committee was constituted under the state tourism law.

“Part of our terms of reference is to stop underage children from entering hotels without their parents, banning of shisha smoking, swimming between men and women in the pool, lesbianism and gay practises.

“The committee will further oversee the activities of DJs at wedding ceremonies and event centres. All events centres should be closed by 11pm,” he said.

Shortly after a meeting at the Government House, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje commissioned more than 8 cars for the conduct of the committee’s assignment.

The Committee Chairman assured the governor of their total commitment in the discharge of their responsibilities.

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