Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Kenyan Nurses Arrive to Work in Namibia

Nurses arrive to work in Namibia
TWENTY-THREE nurses from different hospitals in Kenya and Lesotho have arrived in Windhoek to start a two year contract in various hospitals in Namibia.
The visibly tired but excited nurses were received by senior representatives of the Ministry of Health and Social Services of Namibia led by Namibia Chief Nursing Officer, Gloria Mubale, Kenya’s High Commissioner to Namibia Peter Gitau and Kenya’s third secretary Safari Mwambire.
Welcoming the nurses, Gitau informed them that the Namibian Government was grateful to have them join other Kenyan nurses in the country many of whom have worked in Namibia for many years, to beef up the nursing services across the country.
“Your coming to Namibia is the culmination of a visit in September, 2010 by the Minister for Medical Services of Kenya, Peter A. Ny’ong’o whereby Namibian Government asked for 100 nurses and 26 doctors to further facilitate and assist in this great nation’s advances in the medical industry,” Gitau said, adding that the current group was the first among the larger group expected in Namibia over the coming months.
Gitau said that out of the meeting with the minister in 2010, a Joint Working Group (JWG) is being set up in order to incorporate the World Health Organisation’s global code of practice on international recruitment of health personnel and many other pertinent issues. The JWG will also improve the existing memorandum of understanding between the two governments to oversee the implementation of it. Currently a subcommittee has already been set up to work on draft terms of reference of the two governments as there is also need for lecturers in their medical institute.
Despite the fact that Namibia has started training its medical personnel internally and externally, there is still a huge shortage of nurses and doctors and Kenya is helping to bridge the gap by exporting its resources to the country.
On her part, an excited Mubale, told the team that their services were instrumental to assisting the country run its medical care effectively.
“As you join other Kenyan nurses who have been here for a while, it is important that you remember first and foremost, your call as a nurse which is to serve those afflicted by various ailments, to do your work to the best of your ability and in return, our government will ensure that your working conditions are up to the standard that is expected of expatriate workers,” Mubale said.
She added that Kenya has in the past few years played a key role in helping Namibia with human resources in various fields and the Namibia government is grateful for this gesture.
Speaking on behalf of the nurses, Nandako Kalundu, a nurse from Bungoma hospital said the recruitment process had taken slightly over a year.
“Many of us were informed by our colleagues and relatives already working here about the positions on the Namibia Public Service site and we applied. Though the recruitment takes a long time, it is very professionally handled,” Kalundu emphasized.  She was grateful to Mubale who has continued to communicate with them as well as facilitate their smooth entry into the country.
Kalundu, who has been a nurse for the past 20 years, emphasized the importance of the nurses living up to their calling wherever they will be posted.
“We know we will work in some difficult areas but it is important that we remember our master is the patients that we care for and we should give them our e best,” she said.
The 23 nurses join a team of over 100 nurses who have been working in different hospitals in Namibia for a number of years now. Kenya has the highest number of foreign nurses working in Namibia.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Towards a code of ethics for members of Kenya Union of Journalists

Towards a code of ethics for members of Kenya Union of Journalists

Author: Njuguna, Perpetua Wanja | 1998 | MA | Daystar University, Kenya
Journalism has become a popular profession for young people leaving school or collegefor it is easy to secure as a journalist because there are numerous newspapers, magazines and broadcasting stations that have emerged in the recent past. From a handful of only one broadcasting station at independence in 1963, there are over 50 publications to-date and five broadcasting stations.
Journalists in these publications and broadcasting media have an obligation to themselves and to society to do their work properly and in an ethical manner. Often, they are faced with a dilemma on what to do when confronted with a moral issue. The purpose of this project was to provide members of the Kenya Union of Journalists, (KUJ) a body that brings together over 200 Kenyan journalists who work for both local and international media (the largest number of journalists under one body), with a Code of Ethics which would guide their day to day duties and help standardize their work ethics. This is hoped to result in professionalising journalism in Kenya.
This project found that though members of the KUJ have been working without a Code of Ethics, they have been guided by those that are created by the media organizations for which they work. Many of those codes are a replica of those from the Sweden forum a large part of which does not address journalists within a Kenyan cultural context.
The research method applied here was a Focus group discussion facilitated by a questionnaire and Codes of Ethics from other countries. These were provided to each participant before hand for discussion in a forthcoming forum on the project. Later, seven people associated with journalism and who had been given a copy of the recommendations of the forum separately met with the researcher to deliberated on those recommendations. From what emerged in the discussions, the researcher made the final analysis of their recommendations to formulate a Code of Ethics for KUJ members.
It is hoped that the information and suggestions presented in this project will help journalists, journalism teachers and students and other people interested in the conduct of their own staff members to formulate their own Codes of Ethics as well as further this project beyond just a Code of Ethics.
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