Monday, 17 September 2018

UGONSA POSTPONES “PROPER PLACEMENT” SUMMIT


The University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), also known as Graduate Nurses Association of Nigeria (GNAN) wishes to announce the postponement of its 19th National Professional Conference and Scientific Update slated to hold from Monday 1st October to Friday 5th October, 2018 at Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria, for reasons beyond its control.

The conference is tagged “PROPER PLACEMENT SUMMIT“ as it will be a platform for championing the cause for proper placement of graduates of Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc) degree to be at par with the placement of their counterparts in other core healthcare disciplines.

The summit is hereby postponed and shall hold at a later date to be announced after a stakeholder’s meeting that shall be convoked in the not too distant future.

We hope this serves as a notice to all nurses as well as the general public and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact us at gnan2ugonsa@gmail.com

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Thursday, 2 August 2018

NURSES CARPET OSIBANJO, CPC OVER ANIMATED VIDEO


Nurses under the aegis of University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) in a joint statement by its National President, Chief (Hon.) S.E.O. Egwuenu and National Secretary, Nurse G.I. Nshi,   have shown their displeasure and discontentment over the defamatory online video shared on the twitter page of Consumer Protection Council (CPC) as they launched the Patients' Bills of Rights (PBOR) on 31st of July, 2018. The association said the Patient Bill of Rights was a welcome development and should have been enacted long ago and also that Nurses appreciate and strongly support it as they have always done with anything beneficial to the patient.

 However, the association took strong exception to the derogatory animated video posted by the CPC that casted unwarranted aspersions on image of nurses in its launch of the PBOR.

The statement read, “We wish to inform the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo, and the CPC that the derogatory animated video that accompanied launch of the PBOR as shared in their twitter handle does not and can never be a representation of the articulate and hardworking Nigeria nurses but rather a representation of the idiocy of those that made the post.

“Nigerian nurses despite working under unsafe staffing environment in Nigeria where one nurses is made to care for more than 20 patients per shift as against the recommended maximum of one nurse to five patients have, against all odds, lived up to expectation in promoting health, restoring health, preventing illness and alleviating the sufferings of Nigerians.

“It is height of hypocrisy for those that have refused to use the power entrusted to them by Nigerians to better the lots of our health sector, as evidenced by their abandoning of our health sector to rot as they and their families embark on incessant trips abroad for medical treatment, to turn around and blame the hardworking nurses who on a daily basis make uncountable sacrifices to keep our sinking health sector afloat as the reason for the poor state of our health sector.

“UGONSA wishes to make it very clear to Prof. Osibanjo and CPC that nurses are not Hospital accountants or money keepers and do not demand for or collect money from patients and we challenge the vice president and the CPC to name one hospital in Nigeria where nurses are the hospital accountants. The content of the video from CPC clearly shows that those working at the CPC are unlettered and incompetent and therefore not qualified to work in such a highly revered agency. If not they should have been abreast of the simple fact that the scope of professional roles of a nurse as a holistic caregiver, a patient advocate, a clinical teacher, a communicator, an instructor, a specialist and a researcher does not include accounting and money keeping.

“Nigerian nurses remain the best globally. That is why progressive economies (where our political elites, including those that made the provocative video, rush to for medical treatment) such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, United Arab Emirate, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and so on, fall over themselves in a struggle to recruit Nigerian nurses. This is well buttressed by the report that between May 2017 to May 2018, more than 800 nurses left the shores of this country for countries where their services are appreciated unlike in Nigeria where they are dehumanized, poorly paid and defamed.

“We verily demand that Prof. Osibanjo and the CPC take down the video immediately and apologize to Nigerian Nurses.

“This Government seems to derive joy from traumatizing nurses and trivializing the health of Nigerians. First they withheld the salaries of the Midwives running the defunct Midwifery Service Scheme (MSS) and killed the MSS programme which has been the most accessible Maternal and Child Health programme available to the poorest of Nigerian women and children living in the most remote parts of the country. Next, they seized the salaries of Nurses and other JOHESU (Joint Health Sector Union) members for embarking on strike following the failure of the government to honour its own agreement which it freely entered with JOHESU. Paradoxically, they never meted such ill treatment done to nurses and other health workers to others that also embarked on strike e.g. the academic staff and non-academic staff unions of universities (ASUU and NASU), and the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).Thirdly, they refused to place graduate nurses at par with their counterparts in other healthcare professions who they share similar entry requirements and course duration for the first degree in the university with. Now they have elevated rascality to a new valour of governance by blaming and castigating nurses for their own failure to revitalize our health sector via their misguided animated video. Nurses will not take it anymore!

“As UGONSA charges nurses to go about their legitimate duties not minding this unwarranted provocation from those who have clearly demonstrated that they have poor sense of reasoning, we charge them to get their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and mobilize their relatives for same ready for 2019 elections and wait for directives from the association as failure to pay up the withheld monies and also apologize for this stupid attack shall never go unpunished- the association said.

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Monday, 23 July 2018

UGONSA CLARIFIES FETHA MANAGEMENT ON ELIGIBILITY FOR ENLISTMENT FOR INTERNSHIP

The Chief Medical Director,
Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki,
Ebonyi State, Nigeria.

Attention:   
           Director of Administration
                            &
Head of Nursing Services,         
Sir/Madam,

CLARIFICATION ON THE SET OF B.N.Sc GRADUATES THAT ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE ENLISTED FOR INTERNSHIP TRAINING

Fraternal greetings from the members of this association!

2. The series of calls we have received from concerned nurse-intern candidates, their parents and members of the general public, prompted us to write your esteemed office to enlighten you more on the set of graduates of Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc) that are eligible to be enlisted for internship training. This became pertinent as the interview for first ever recruitment of nurse interns by your hospital takes place in a few days.

3. Following the release of the internship circular from the office of the head of Civil Service of the Federation, Ref No. HSCF/EPO/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97, on 8th September, 2016 (please refer Annexure A), the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria officially commenced the implementation of the programme on 9th January, 2017 vide its memo, Ref No. N&MCN/EDU/INT/034/VOL.2/4, addressed to Vice Chancellors of all Nigerian Universities running the approved B.N.Sc programme (Please refer Annexure B).

4. Since the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) (the statutory regulatory body for nursing education, administration and practice) commenced the implementation of the programme on January, 2017, it follows that all the candidates that received their “Notification of Registration” from the NMCN on or after January 9, 2017 are eligible to be enlisted. Also eligible for enlistment are those whose induction ceremony/Issuance of the B.N.Sc certificate by their respective universities of training was done on or after January 9, 2017 (being the date the NMCN officially kick-started the programme).

5. Because it sometimes takes years after graduation for universities to issue certificates to candidates as they ensure that candidates are cleared by the NMCN, the supposed year of graduation is usually different from year of Induction/Issuance of Certificate. Therefore, the practicable year of graduation is the year of Induction/Issuance of Certificate, as that is the year the candidates received their certificates from the university authorities. Before this date the candidates have no glimpse of what their certificates look like and thus cannot make use of them as the certificates are still with the university authorities.

6. Same is applicable to the NMCN’s “Notification of Registration” because the effective date of enlistment into the profession is not the date the candidate wrote the council exam but the date of registration by the NMCN. As at the date of exam, candidates are not aware if they will pass or not. While council proceeds to register those that passed the council exam, those that failed are rescheduled to re-sit the exam. The date of registration (and not the date of exam) is thus what signifies the date the NMCN acknowledged that a candidate has successfully met all its requirements for registration and subsequent licensure.

7. For those that received their “Notification of Registration” from the NMCN before January, 2017 and those that had their induction or received their degree certificate from the university before January, 2017, we expect them to be employed on the new entry point base for the B.N.Sc holders i.e. CONHESS 08 (for new employees) after youth service.

8. For all existing Nursing Officers with B.N.Sc who are still below the new base of Grade Level 09 (i.e. CONHESS 08) we apply that they should be moved to the new base [.i.e. CONHESS 08 (Grade Level 09)] effective from 8th September, 2016 being the date of release of the circular, Ref No. HSCF/EPO/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97, by the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF).

9. This is in line with the age-long circular from the office of the head of Civil Service of the Federation (Ref No. B.63279/S.7/II/T/273 dated 24th April, 2002), which stipulated that whenever there is an enhancement in the base grade level of any cadre in the Civil Service, all officers who fall below the new entry point must be adjusted with seniority on the new post being the date of adjustment of the entry point (Please refer Annexure C).

10. We hope that this clarification will be of immense help as you further navigate the processes of implantation of the nascent graduate nurses’ internship in your hospital.

11. Please kindly accept the assurances of our esteemed regards!

                                                                      Signed:


Chief (Hon.) S.E.O. EGWUENU                                                              Nurse G.I. Nshi
     National President                                                                                National Secretary

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

UGONSA WRITES MINISTRY OF INTERIOR OVER PRISON ADVERT

The Honourable Minister of Interior,
Federal Ministry of Interior,
Block F, Old Federal Secretariat,
Garki Area, Wuse No.2,
P.M.B No. 16, Garki Abuja, Durumi,
Abuja.

Attention
       Director/Secretary,
       Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration
       And Prisons Services Board (CDFIPB)
Sir,
PROPER PLACEMENT OF GRADUATE NURSES

The University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) also known as Graduate Nurses Association of Nigeria (GNAN), a professional association for all nurses with a minimum qualification of first degree in Nursing (i.e Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc)/B.Sc Nursing), brings you her nightingales’ greeting. We sincerely thank you for your kindness in accommodating nurses in the recent advert placement by the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board(CDFIPB) as published by Daily Trust Newspaper on 30th April, 2018.

2. However, with reference to the above subject matter, we wish to bring to your esteemed attention that the entry point for graduate nurses is now Grade Level 09 (i.e. CONHESS 08) post- NYSC (National Youth Service Corps).

3. This is sequel to the circular from the office of the head of Civil Service of the Federation, Ref No. HSCF/EPO/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97, dated 8th September, 2016 (please refer Annexure A).

4. The position of the aforementioned circular is also strongly backed by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), which through its own circular (Ref no. C.6093/T/13 dated 19th June, 2017) confirmed that all existing Nursing Officers who are still below the new base of Grade Level 09 (i.e. CONHESS 08) should be moved to the new base [.i.e. CONHESS 08 (Grade Level 09)].

5. The FMOH also confirmed that seniority on this new post [.i.e. CONHESS 08 (Grade Level 09)] should be effective from 8th September, 2016 being the date of release of the circular, Ref No. HSCF/EPO/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97, by the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF) (please refer Annexure B for the circular from FMOH).

6. To ensure total compliance and speedy implementation of its position on the placement of the graduate nurses, the Federal Ministry of Health had on 20th February, 2018, directed all the Chief Medical Directors (CMDs), Medical Directors (MDs), and Heads of Regulatory Bodies/Agencies to effect the placement of graduate nurses as stated above vide another circular Ref.C6093/T/16 (please refer Annexure C).

7. We also wish to draw your esteemed attention to another circular from the office of the head of Civil Service of the Federation (Ref No. B.63279/S.7/II/T/273 dated 24th April, 2002), which stipulated that whenever there is an enhancement in the base grade level of any cadre in the Civil Service, all officers who fall below the new entry point must be adjusted with seniority on the new post being the date of adjustment of the entry point (Please refer Annexure D).

8. It is instructive to also point out that the position of Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP) of the year 1981 on placement of graduate nurses was explicit as it granted that the profession of Nursing is on parity with that of Pharmacy in Nigeria as is the case in Great Britain.

9. Therefore, as both the profession of Pharmacy and Nursing share the same entry qualification and a five (5) year duration for the first degree in the university, plus one year internship training post-qualification, we expect the placement of nurses with Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc) degree to be on the same grade level at which their counterparts with Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) degree are placed (Please refer Annexure E for the IAP Award).

10. Notwithstanding, we apply that any nurse with a minimum of first degree in nursing, currently serving under your Ministry, who is still below grade level 09 (CONHESS 08), be expressly upgraded to at least CONHESS 08 (GL09) with effective date of 8th September, 2016. We further apply that fresh appointment of graduate nurses into the Service in your Ministry be forthwith on the new base (.i.e CONHESS 08).

11. We equally ask that due arrears from this effective date of 8th September, 2016 be paid to all the affected nursing officers who are in the service.

12. Please kindly accept the assurances of our esteemed regards!


                                                                      Signed:

Chief (Hon) S.E.O. EGWUENU                                                              Nurse G.I. Nshi
     National President                                                                                National Secretary


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Friday, 16 March 2018

UGONSA NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE AND SCIENTIFIC UPDATE - KADUNA 2018: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS


The University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), also known as Graduate Nurses Association of Nigeria (GNAN) will hold its 19th National Professional Conference and Scientific Update from Monday 1st October to Friday 5th October, 2018 at Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria. UGONSA cordially invites every Nurse to submit an abstract in research, project, dissertation, thesis, or theoretical/conceptual framework to be considered for presentation at conference. Please, note that project papers should include best evidence-based practices.

THEME: TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND HUMAN RESOURCE IN NURSING EDUCATION AND PRACTICE IN NIGERIA: DYNAMICS AND NEXUS.

TAG: The conference shall be used to champion the course for proper placement of Graduates of Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Ns) degree at par with their counterparts in other core healthcare disciplines and is therefore tagged “PROPER PLACEMENT SUMMIT”.  

Submission Deadline
Materials must be received by UGONSA no later than 12 Midnight on Tuesday July 31, 2018. No extension will be granted. Materials should be submitted electronically, in Microsoft words format, through the UGONSA official email address, gnan2ugonsa@gmail.com.

Abstract Review and Selection Process
After the submission deadline, all completed and eligible abstracts will be made available to UGONSA Abstract Reviewers (AR) for blinded review, vetting and scoring following satisfaction of originality index test. Final decision will be made by the programme committee in late August, 2018.
Abstracts will be evaluated and scored solely on their scientific merits.
Incomplete Abstracts will not be reviewed.
Likewise, any material that fails the originality index test will be regarded as a plagiarized work and will accordingly be rejected.

Acceptance/Rejection Notification
Notification regarding acceptance or rejection of abstracts will be sent to the presenting author in early August, 2018 by email; consequently, an accurate email address is critical. If your abstract is accepted, the email will specify whether it is accepted for presentation at the plenary session or whether it has been selected to be published in our journal and online on our website only.  If you submitted an abstract and did not receive any notification at this specified time, you should send us an email via gnan2ugonsa@gmail.com or visit our site, www.ugonsa.com , and fill the contact form.
If after completing your submission, you did not receive a confirmation email from UGONSA within 72 hours, you should contact us as stated above.

Abstract Submission Fee: Not Applicable

Conference Registration fee and Accommodation
The Conference schedule and registration modalities will be on the conference posters and fliers that will be circulated round the country by August 2018. Registration fee is N10, 000 (ten thousand naira) for Graduates and N5000 (five thousand naira) for undergraduates. Fee shall cover conference T-shirt, bag, Materials and meals (breakfast and lunch) only. Accommodation shall be paid for by each of the participants. UGONSA shall bargain and arrange for decent and affordable hotel accommodation in Kaduna within the price range of N2000 (two thousand naira) to N7000 (seven thousand naira) per night to make cost of lodging minimal and considerate for participants.

Conference Programme
The onsite printed programme will include the specific time for each abstract presentation and the name of the moderator for each session. Abstracts may list multiple study authors.

Presentation at the Conference
The presentation at the conference must reflect submitted abstract. In particular, the abstract title, authorship, and scientific content of the presentation at the conference must match the submitted abstract, although updates on results may be added.

Guidelines for Paper Presentation at the Conference
Paper must not exceed 15 pages, including tables and references, and should be typed double line space on A4-sized paper.
APA referencing format, 7th edition, should be used.
UGONSA shall make hard copies available to participants during conference. Paper should include cover page with title, author’s/authors’ name(s), institutional affiliation, and email address.

Commitment
Each submitter will be notified about the programme committee’s decision on acceptance of an abstract. Each author shall be asked to accept the invitation to present. Presenters must take very seriously their commitment to make presentations, except in cases of true emergency. In such case UGONSA shall publish an errata sheet to be distributed with the proceedings indicating the names of individuals and their abstract titles that have been listed for presentation but would no longer be presented at the conference.  If a scheduled presenter failed to show-up for reasons other than the aforementioned, such shall attract blacklisting which shall cause UGONSA to refuse to accept subsequent works from the affected author in the future.

Abstract Withdrawal
Once an abstract is accepted, a written request to withdraw must be submitted no later than September 5th 2018 through gnan2ugonsa@gmail.com if the author decides to withdraw the abstract for any reason. Abstracts will not be withdrawn after this deadline.
UGONSA reserves the right to withdraw abstracts that are in violation of the Association’s policies and guidelines, such as those that have failed the originality index test for plagiarism, or have been deemed scientifically unsound, or have been found to include inaccurate data, etc.

For further inquiry, Kindly contact:
University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), CAC/IT/69387
C/O National Secretary
Main Theatre Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki,
Ebonyi State Nigeria.
Phone: +2348065585953



Website: www.ugonsa.com

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

NURSES CALL FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF MORE NEUROPSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY


Nurses under the aegis of University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) has called for establishment of more Neuropsychiatric hospitals across Nigeria.
The Association observed that existing Neuropsychiatric facilities are stretched beyond their capacities due to increasing incidence of Mental Health challenges among Nigerians.
In a statement on Monday by the National Secretary of UGONSA, Nur. G.I. Nshi, the association said it observed that depression, anxiety disorders, suicidal ideation and post-traumatic stress disorders are on the rise in the country owing to unbearable level of stress probably orchestrated by the harsh economic reality in the land.
It said, “the existing Mental Health facilities have been overstretched beyond their capacity. Nurses and Physicians in Mental Health facilities across this country are overworked beyond their carrying capacity and are adversely exposed to increased level of clinical harms. Regrettably, their hazard allowance remains the insulting sum of five thousand naira in a country that pays political office holders millions of naira as newspaper allowance.
It drew example from the South-East, Nigeria and identified that the whole of Ebonyi State is served by a 24 – bedded psychiatric ward of Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki (FETHA). This ward has 26 Nurses and 21 physicians, 1 EEG machine, 1 suction machine, 1 ECT machine, and 1 sphygmomanometer serving the whole of Ebonyi State and beyond.
With the current shut down of Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, by industrial crisis, the Mental Health Unit of FETHA is now almost the only alternative for the people of the South-East, Zone.
This calls for urgent need to expand the Psychiatric Ward of FETHA to a fully fledged Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital. This should not only be for South-East zone. It should be replicated across other zones of the Country as well.
The increasing incidence of Mental Health challenges facing the country require that we upgrade the existing facilities, update their equipments, build more centres, engage more professional healthcare workers and reward them appropriately by making an upward review of their hazard allowance.
It is high time the Federal Government made concerted effort to promote the mental health of the citizens- the statement concluded.

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

LASSA FEVER: NURSES CALL FOR OVERHAUL OF HEALTH SYSTEM; BEMOAN PALTRY HAZARD ALLOWANCE PAID TO HEALTH WORKERS.

Nurses under the auspices of University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) have frowned at the state of the Nigerian health system and called on the government to live up to its responsibility and overhaul the health system for efficient and effective care delivery.
Reacting to the recent death of Doctors and Nurses at the hand of Lassa fever in  Ebonyi State, the association decried as despicable the level of lip service paid to development and strengthening of the Nigerian health system by successive governments.
In a  statement in Abakaliki on Thursday by its National President, Chief (Hon) Solomon Egwuenu, and its National Secretary, Nurse Goodluck Nshi, the association said the recent killings by Lassa Fever of health workers in Ebonyi State was avoidable  but for gross neglect and abandonment of our health system by government.
“At the latest count more than 40 health workers have died as a result of Lassa fever in Ebonyi State alone in the past 13 years.  This ugly incidence has continued because there have been no proactive measures fostered by the government to arrest it over the years.
“What we see each time we experience the avoidable dead of health workers from Lassa fever is that government officials rush to the press to commiserate with the victims and hypocritically resume the supply of basic personal protective equipments (PPE) and hand sanitizers to hospitals. But as soon as the tension dies down, hand sanitizers, PPEs, electricity  and ever running water disappear and become essential commodities in our hospitals, leaving our compassionate nurses and physicians with the pathetic option of treating patients largely unprotected, and in the process, dying while trying to save others from a preventable disease like the Lassa fever.
“The worst is that as we bury the deceased in agony, the government mocks the living health workers by paying them five thousand naira as hazard allowance. In Nigeria today, we all know that five thousand naira can hardly procure a comprehensive therapeutic drug regimen let alone run a basic laboratory health screening.
“Despite this, our irrational government that pays millions of naira to political office holders as newspaper and wardrobe allowances does not see any good in reviewing upward the current ridiculous hazard allowance payable to health workers in the face of non-provision or inadequate supply of basic PPE and sanitizers for standard universal precaution in our healthcare institutions.
“We advice JOHESU and NMA to sheath their swords and fight together to salvage the plight of the Nigerian  health workers especially on this issue of abusive hazard allowance because the current government seems insensitive to the plight of the health workers and more so seems too comfortable with the rot in our health system.
The association further queried why the South-East virology centre built by Ebonyi State government and commissioned by the Federal government two years ago is not yet fully functional, necessitating the arduous ferrying of victims of Lassa fever, by road, to far away Irrua in Edo State, which leads to the
deaths, from exhaustion, of some of them in the course of such a long distance journey on very bad roads.
“With the pomp and ceremony that greeted the commissioning of the South-East virology centre, we thought the government had meant business in efforts to curtail the endemic Lassa fever. Two years later, it is now clear that it was the usual case of “the more you look, the less you see”.
“We have come to the conclusion that the problem with Nigeria is not APC or PDP or any other political party but bad leadership. With the change mantra mouthed by the APC, we hoped that Buhari was coming to overhaul our health system and end medical tourism. But what we have witnessed is escalating medical tourism, poor remuneration of health workers, dearth and decay of facilities and incessant migration of our best brains in the health system oversea in search of greener pastures.
The association called on Nigerians to be objective and wise and stop voting along ethnic, religious, tribal or party lines but rather on verifiable facts of what a candidate can offer.
“While we urge Nigerians to diligently observe all the preventive measures against Lassa fever currently being preached across electronic and traditional media, such as rearing of cats in rodent-populous environments, storage of foods and wastes in rodent-proof containers, cooking of foods properly and proper hand washing with soap and water,  we also call for objectiveness in voting during elections.

“Having seen that the current APC government is no better than the past PDP governments we chastised, we advise Nigerians to make concerted effort to end the perennial health and economic sufferings we have been subjected to by looking beyond ethnicity, tribe, religion and political affiliations and objectively root, in future elections, for pragmatic and selfless leaders whose antecedents testify of their possession of the will power to overhaul our health system, stop medical tourism and turn around our economy – the statement concluded. 
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